This was one of the true highlights of my Stratford experience (along with "The Music Man" and "Hamlet"). "Fuente Ovenjuna" (8/20/08) at the Tom Patterson Theatre is about a small medieval Spanish town whose inhabitants muster themselves to revolt against their tyrannic overlord. Director Laurence Boswell has put together a riveting production that draws the audience in and virtually takes them on the town's difficult but ultimately redemptive journey. Lovingly performed, this deceptively simple production lifts the spirit and makes one appreciate being a part of the collective. Stunning.
Rating: ***** (out of *****)