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A Final Fringe Victory: Shakespeare Bash’d Bids A Fond Farewell to the Fringe | Shakespeare in Toronto

By July 4, 2016 No Comments

This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto.
Happy Fringemas everyone! This year’s Toronto Fringe boasts and incredible lineup of Shakespeare related shows: Shakespeare Crackpot at the Robert Gill Theatre, A Glass Hive, aka The Comedy of Errors at The Annex Theatre, Denmarked at The Annex Theatre, Orson Welles/ Shylock at Factory Theatre Studio, Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre at the Randolph Theatre, Twelfth Night….A Puppet Epic at the George Ignatieff Theatre, Weird: The Witches of Macbeth at the Randolph Theatre, and lastly The Comedy of Errors at the Victory Café where Fringe veterans Shakespeare Bash’d took to the stage for their last run.
Shakespeare Bash’d’s Comedy of Errors is a triumphant farewell to the Fringe. It was brilliantly acted by the entire cast but extra kudos go to Kelly Penner and Tim Welham who did double duty each playing a set of twins. Both Penner and Welham had incredible comedic timing and stamina. I was intrigued upon hearing of the twins concept, but, without giving anything away, THEY TOTALLY NAILED IT. Suzette McCanny was a brilliantly crazed Adriana and Bailey Green provided some much needed levelheadedness to the role of Luciana. David Mackett, Brenhan Mckibben, and David Ross, each brought such vibrancy to the play. Each of their numerous characters were all dynamic and unique. Julia Nish-Lapidus also pulled double duty in this production playing The Abbess and the Messenger as well as directing this amazing production. For her first time directing a Bash’d production she put on an incredible show that encompasses all that Bash’d is known for: humour, bare-bones and creative staging, and text-driven and innovative takes on Shakespeare’s plays.  There are not enough synonyms for amazing, incredible, awesome, and brilliant to sum up how great this production was. This was a fitting farewell and celebration of Bash’d’s last five summers at The Fringe!

Suzette McCanny as Adriana. Photo Credit: Kyle Purcell.

Suzette McCanny as Adriana. Photo Credit: Kyle Purcell.

I will be posting a more in-depth review of The Comedy of Errors and the other Shakespeare related productions at the end of the festival, but needless to say you need to get tickets to this show!!

Shakespeare Bash’d – The Comedy of Errors: Victory Café, 581 Markham Street
show times:

July 1st at 7:00 PM
July 2nd at 5:00 PM
July 2nd at 9:00 PM
July 3rd at 5:00 PM
July 5th at 7:00 PM
July 6th at 7:00 PM
July 7th at 7:00 PM
July 8th at 7:00 PM
July 9th at 7:00 PM
July 10th at 5:00 PM

Dr. Keir Co. – Shakespeare Crackpot: Robert Gill Theatre,
show times:
July 1st at 3:30 PM
July 3rd at 7:00 PM
July 4th at 10:30 PM
July 5th at 6:15 PM
July 7th at 12:00 PM
July 8th at 4:00 PM
July 9th at 1:45 PM

Randolph Academy – a glass hive, aka The Comedy of Errors: Annex Theatre
show times
June 29th at 6:30 PM
July 2nd at 12:00 PM
July 4th at 5:00 PM
July 6th at 11:00 PM
July 7th at 7:00 PM
July 8th at 1:45 PM
July 10th at 3:30 PM

Theatre Stoogette – Denmarked: Annex Theatre
show times
July 1st at 4:45 PM
July 2nd at 11:00 PM
July 3rd at 8:00 PM
July 4th at 9:00 PM
July 6th at 12:00 PM
July 7th at 1:45 PM
July 9th at 4:00 PM

The Shylock Project – Orson Welles/ Shylock: Factory Theatre Studio
show times
July 1st at 4:45 PM
July 3rd at 8:15 PM
July 4th at 10:30 PM
July 6th at 12:00 PM
July 7th at 4:00 PM
July 9th at 7:30 PM
July 10th at 12:00 PM

Bain and Bernard Comedy – Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre: Randolph Theatre
show times
July 1st at 1:45 PM
July 3rd at 7:00 PM
July 5th at 3:15 PM
July 7th at 9:15 PM
July 8th at 2:15 PM
July 9th at 11:30 PM
July 10th at 5:15 PM

Shakey Shake and Friends – Twelfth Night…A Puppet Epic!: George Ignatieff Theatre
show times
June 30th at 5:45 PM
July 2nd at 11:00 AM
July 4th at 1:00 PM
July 5th at 4:15 PM
July 7th at 2:30 PM
July 8th at 11:30 AM
July 9th at 10:00 AM

Theatre Arcturus – Weird: The Witches of Macbeth: Randolph Theatre
show times
June 30th at 11:00 PM
July 2nd at 9:45 PM
July 4th at 4:15 PM
July 5th at 6:45 PM
July 6th at 1:45 PM
July 7th at 7:30 PM
July 9th at 6:15 PM

More information on these shows and more at: http://fringetoronto.com/. Check back soon for more coverage of the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival!

Author Tori Carlisle

Toronto Regional Editor. Tori is a current Graduate Student at York University.

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