Editorial: A quiet exit from Worcester’s cultural stage

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It was silent and left to the elements for five years, but the small amphitheater in Green Hill Park was special.

It’s sad for the city that workers last week began dismantling it.

A lot of people didn’t know about Forum Theatre, or didn’t care to attend the plays put on there. Some couldn’t manage the long rubbly walkway or the hard wooden benches, as much as they might have wanted to see and hear the masterpieces the venue usually featured in its latter years.

The Forum Theatre amphitheater is no more at Green Hill Park.

Courtesy Carol McDonald

The Forum Theatre amphitheater is no more at Green Hill Park.

But for those who did go — until the Worcester Shakespeare Company bowed out of the venue after its summer 2011 season — the experience of a show there was a treat. Under the park’s wide sky, talented troupes performed vintage plays either straightforwardly or with delightfully outrageous creative liberties.

On performance nights, audience members and actors — a melange of professional performers from Worcester, Boston and New York City — had that whole hilltop to themselves. The setting was part of the show.

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