Saturday 1 August 2009

"West Side Story", Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON

Gord and I spent the day in Stratford.

We saw our second play in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (we were there for Cyrano de Bergerac in June).

We saw West Side Story at the Festival Theatre.

Two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, wage a turf war in the mean streets of New York City. But when Tony, best friend of Jets leader Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Sharks leader Bernardo, simmering tensions escalate toward a shocking finale.

With its explosive dance numbers and unforgettable score, this modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet changed the face of the American musical.

The Toronto Star had given it 4 out of 4 stars and I was looking forward to it. It was okay ... Gord and I gave it 6/10. I've never seen the movie ... gotta go rent it.

The Festival Theatre has nice grounds ... here's looking down from the outside balcony at the tribute to Shakespeare.

Gord and Chia Kitty (he's on top of the sign) outside of the theatre after the play.

After the play, we had four hours 'til we had to catch our train home. We walked to the downtown area.

We went to Sid's for supper. I had the rib/wing special. It was okay.

I liked Gord's fish 'n chips better (yes, that's one of my wings).

We always make the Dominion House our last stop for a couple drinks on the patio as it's next to the train station. The Dominion House was established in 1865.

Here's Gord and Chia Kitty settling in on the train for the two hour ride home.


Angie in T.O. said...

That is such great day trip! I gotta do it next year.

Sandy said...

West Side Story, always a favorite. Love the garden pics, very nice. Sounds like you had a great time. My daughter was there years ago with a school group and really loved it.

Swing by for a visit

Andi said...

Fish and chips look yummy!

Stephanie said...

Just stumbled across your blog and had to comment! Love that you took your chia kitty to the Stratford Festival!!

Isabel said...

I love West Side Story. Just as much as Phantom. The gardens look pretty!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

It sounds like you had a GREAT Day....WEST SIDE STORY is a classic...! I saw the Original Broadway production twice! It was stunning, in every way....and of course I've seen it many times since....
Lee Meriwether's husbands play is going to be done at Stratford in a few weeks. His name is MARSHAL BORDEN....I don't know the name of the play or anything about it except it will be there soon....!
She will be there with him and she leaves here on the 10th, I think....Maybe you will have another "day trip"....!