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The curtain is up, the lights are lit, and the professional reviewers are having their say about the 2017 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival—and for the most part, they have been saying good things. Rather, than you having to search the internet archives, we have provided a wide variety below. We hope you agree with what the critics have been saying.

Shakespeare in Love

“Shakespeare nerds unite: this play’s for you.”
—Brian Passey, The Spectrum

“So, put any doubts to the side and catch this production in Cedar City. Whether you’re a fan of comedy or tragedy, Shakespeare in Love has all the ingredients of ‘a hit, a very palpable hit.’”
—Russell Warne, Utah Theater Bloggers

“Coupled with director Brian Vaughn’s lively direction, the festival’s version is lighter, funnier, and overall more entertaining than the excellent movie.”
—Bruce Bennett, St. George News

Romeo and Juliet

“For more than 400 years, we’ve known the truth of Romeo and Juliet’s melancholy final lines. . . . But knowing and feeling are two different things, as this Romeo and Juliet so forcefully proves.”
—Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review Journal

“Superb acting, director carry Romeo and Juliet.”
—Brian Passey, The Spectrum

“The Festival’s Romeo and Juliet delivers both hilarious and tragic look at iconic love story.”
—Hollie Reina, St. George News

As You Like It

“Cassandra Bissell’s vivacious and adventuresome Rosalind is a perfect complement to Susanna Florence’s sensibly straightforward, but playful, Celia.”
—Barbara M. Bannon, Salt Lake Tribune

“Crowd-pleasing comedy.”
—Cristy Meiners, Deseret News

“Shakespeare portrays some of the best sides of love in this play full of the sharing of wit and love between family, lovers, servant, and master.”
—Rachelle Hughes, Iron County Today

Treasure Island

“A grand and entertaining adventure.”
—Brian Passey, The Spectrum

“Come see this swashbuckling, sword-clashing, music-filled Treasure Island, fun for the whole family.”
—Jennifer Mustoe, Front Row Reviewers Utah

“There’s fun to be had in this regional premiere.”
—Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review Journal

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is the perfect fit for the Utah Shakespeare Festival and for readers’ summer theatre-going schedule.”
—Russell Warne, Utah Theatre Bloggers

“Sassy, brassy Guys and Dolls shines at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.”
—Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Fast-talking version of classic Guys and Dolls offers something for everyone.”
—Barbara M. Bannon, Salt Lake Tribune

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“This ‘Midsummer Night’ is a most rare vision.”
—Brian Passey, The Spectrum

“Utah Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a midsummer’s scream.”
—Cristy Meiners, Deseret News

“There is enchantment galore in Cedar City in this stunning production of the perennial classic.”
—Mahonri Stewart, Front Row Reviewers Utah