Monday, August 12, 2013

Openings We're Tracking This Week, August 12-18, 2014

(poster image for Shakespeare in the Ruff's Richard III)

One of the great pieces of summer theatre (that, at first, had a huge life in the mainstream houses), Same Time Next Year is simply about a couple - unfaithful to both their spouses - who can't stop being in love and meeting at the same place, at the same time, year in year out. Canadian Bernard Slade penned. (Orillia, Ontario)

A one-woman musical about the knower of all closet-skeletons who sees the lives behind the envelopes she touches. The (Post) Mistress is by one of this country's greats, Tomson Highway, and is finally making it inland from Ship's Company in Nova Scotia. (Ganonoque, Ontario)

There are a multitude of reasons why Richard III is one of the greatest plays in history (not just one of the greatest plays by Shakespeare) - Richard, a decidedly unpleasant and bloodthirsty sort, pulls the audience into his world and makes them all accomplices. There are countless magnificent scenes, and both the protagonist's first and last lines in the play have become historic all by themselves. (Hint: a season and a horse.) (Toronto, Ontario)

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