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Romeo and Juliet 2024

The Ageless Love Story Returns to Stratford Reviewed by Mary Alderson The world’s best known love story and possibly Shakespeare’s best known work is back on Stratford’s Festival Theatre stage. Romeo and Juliet, the timeless love story, is making its return. You know the story: Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are “star-crossed lovers” who meet, […]

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La Cage aux Folles

A Loving, But Unconventional Family Story Reviewed by Mary Alderson When a gay couple’s son wants to marry a girl, one man asks the other, “Where have we gone wrong?” That bit of reverse humour sets the tone for La Cage aux Folles, now playing on the Avon Theatre stage at the Stratford Festival. Georges

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Hedda Gabler

An Astounding Study in Narcissism and Manipulation Reviewed by Mary Alderson The production of Hedda Gabler, now on stage at the Tom Patterson Theatre, is a newer view, from a recent translation. It is, to my eyes and ears, a study in narcissism. Hedda is a manipulative, power-hungry, controlling woman who even resorts to her

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Strong and Interesting Casting Improves Cymbeline   Reviewed by Mary Alderson In this year’s Twelfth Night at Stratford Festival, two of the main characters have been changed from men to women. The same thing has been done in Cymbeline, now playing at the Tom Patterson Theatre. Cymbeline is a Queen rather than a King, and

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Something Rotten!

Love or Hate Shakespeare? Love or Hate Musicals? See Something Rotten! Reviewed by Mary Alderson Something Rotten! is the perfect show for the Stratford Festival. It mocks Shakespeare and musicals, ridiculing them both equally, proving there’s something for everyone. Despite poking fun at musicals, the dancing and singing are amazing. This show, now playing on

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Twelfth Night

What You Will Gets You What You Want Reviewed by Mary Alderson Apparently, someone in Shakespeare’s time considered Twelfth Night a Christmas show – although there is no obvious reason why. But that’s how the name Twelfth Night came to be. It was traditionally shown on the twelfth day of Christmas, which was a time

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