Tag Archives: Shakespeare

MACBETH UNDER THE SKY

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a fable about how we hear what we like, until it’s too late. The drama is perhaps the Bard’s most concise, bloody; mysterious work. It’s a cogent study of how a person’s latent ambition is teased out … Continue reading

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NOAH REID’S HAMLET

Tarragon Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is not for purists. Those looking for a standard-issue staging of the Bard will freak at this production. This show is bare bones and the stage is mostly stripped, with only a row … Continue reading

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TAKING THE MAGIC DOWN

Ale House’s indie production of Shakespeare’s Twelfe Night has just closed. Originally produced at the Red Sandcastle Theatre two years ago, this Twelfe Night just played at the Toronto Fringe to packed houses. To me, one of the most enchanting … Continue reading

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LAST CHANCE

Ale House’s production of Twelfe Night at the Toronto Fringe was a smash hit. Unfortunately, the play was so successful, a human tsunami engulfed the theatre, and many failed to get in. Now, you have ONE more chance to see … Continue reading

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PUPPET PANDEMONIUM

I arrived early at the George Ignatieff Theatre for the opening of Hamlet…A Puppet Epic!, written by Tom McGee (presently alive) and William Shakespeare (now deceased). It was a national holiday, late afternoon, and with a million other things going on, … Continue reading

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MERRY WIVES GO PUBBING

Last year, I was lucky to catch Shakespeare BASH’d production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, at the Victory Cafe. It was absolutely terrific. The audience drank gorgeous beers and was hugely entertained by a production that was intelligent, beautifully acted, and … Continue reading

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BLAIS AT THE WINTER GARDEN

I saw Shakespeare’s Hamlet this morning at the Winter Garden, one of the finest theatres in Canada. It’s a grand theatre, ornate and opulent, but the Hamlet had a clear, sweet, contemporary ring to it, without losing any of its … Continue reading

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MURDER, SEX, & POWER

Photos by Kyle Purcell It’s day’s end and the last thing I want to sit through is a full-length Shakespearean drama. The weather is cold, traffic is horrendous, and a simple 15 minute streetcar ride drags on for an hour. … Continue reading

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YOUNG ACTOR TAKES CENTRESTAGE

Recently, I decided I’d never see another production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Across the years, I’ve watched a number of productions, on stage and film and television. Too many of them were either irritating or unconvincing. Still, I wanted … Continue reading

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MUCH ADO UNDER HEAVEN

Photos by John Gundy Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a bright comedy about darker subjects, particularly about human willingness to engage in deceit, and even cruelty, for no good reason. Single Thread Theatre Company has set the play in … Continue reading

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ROMEO AND (HER) JULIET

Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet centres around a forced wedding, a secret wedding, and multiple funerals, so it’s natural that the play takes place in a church. In this case, the Bloor Street United Church, which has been enlisted as … Continue reading

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THE BARD DONE RIGHT

Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost is about a bunch of noble guys who “get serious”. They swear off feasting and hot women. For three years, they plan to do nothing but read, have deep discussions, and improve their minds. Unfortunately, men … Continue reading

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DO NOT MISS !

DO NOT MISS ! (All photos by John Gundy) The hugely-entertaining production of SHREW by William Shakespeare at runs only three more performances, Friday February 28, and Saturday March 1, at 8:00 pm and closes on March 2, with a … Continue reading

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HIT SHOW TRANSFERS

HIT SHOW TRANSFERS ! The hugely-entertaining production of SHREW by William Shakespeare is transferred to Theatre Passe Muraille’s backspace. It re-opens on Friday, February 21, Tues – Sat, 8:00 pm and Sunday matinee, pay-what-you-can, 2:00 pm. Closes Sunday, March 2. … Continue reading

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The Best Show In Town

THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN I absolute swear to you, this production of SHREW by William Shakespeare is, bar none, the best show in town. Director Tyrone Savage places the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew in the Klondike, giving … Continue reading

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