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Best of Treasure Valley: Best performing arts group- Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Idaho Statesman
Published: 06/24/11

This is the sixth year in a row that the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been your top performing arts group, and it’s no wonder. This top-notch theater company puts on some of the greatest plays ever written — and does so in a serene, park-like setting against the backdrop of the Boise Foothills.

The heart of this theater comes from the fact that it grew out of this community. The company rehearsed the first production in a cow pasture and performed on the steps of a Downtown restaurant in the summer of 1977. Since then, it’s had many homes in Boise, settling in its world-class amphitheater in 1998.

The theater has grown to offer one of the best entertainment experiences in the state. You bring your own picnic and wine, or buy it from Lisa Peterson’s Cafe Shakespeare, dine on the lawn or in chairs, and enjoy a stellar night of theater by some of the country’s leading directors and regional actors.

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