As You Like It

April 30th - October 31st Festival Theatre Ticket Info
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Kelly Kleiman WBEZ Blog -

“the weird conjunction of periods is distracting, so you keep thinking, “When is this again?”….a perfect example of an innocent play being mugged by a pitiless concept….When the director steps aside and simply lets flourish the romance between Rosalind/Ganymede and Orlando, the production is lovely.”

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Charles Isherwood The New York Times -

Charles Isherwood reviews 5 plays. He gives kudos to the comedies “Although it can often be trying in less experienced hands, Shakespearean comedy tends to flourish at Stratford, in part because it is often entrusted to veterans like Mr. Dow and Mr. Davies.” The Winter’s Tale: “Only the fine playing of Seana McKenna…and the wonderfully natural Brian Tree, in two small roles, stood out.”

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Pat Donnelly The Gazette -

One story with several reviews. “What director Des Mc-Anuff does with Shakespeare might be innovative, in fits and starts, with occasional bursts into brilliance. But whatever he’s up to never seems to quite go the distance…. McAnuff gets points for reckless daring. Carver is divine. Imaginative, striking moments abound in As You Like It.”

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Lawrence B. Johnson The Detroit News -

This enchanting work from the hands of festival artistic director Des McAnuff and designer Debra Hanson offers reasons aplenty to make the trip to Stratford…the show is nearly stolen by Ben Carlson’s urbane turn as the court fool Touchstone

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J. Kelly Nestruck The Globe and Mail -

Nestruck’s full review addresses the elephant in the room: “McAnuff has silenced any critics who have open minds and hearts by sculpting an absolutely delightful production of As You Like It to kick off the season.” 4/4 stars

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Donal O'Connor The Beacon Hearld -

“This sometimes tedious show is well assisted by an interesting stylistic approach. It seems to lack something at its centre but its fantastic resolution of everything at the end does leave you in an optimistic mood.”

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Robert Reid the Record -

“It’s about time theatre directors imposed a moratorium on using fascism as dramatic shorthand for all things tyrannical and despotic…Hanson’s nod to surrealism is disjointing and alienating…”

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John Coulbourn Sun Media -

[The direction] “leaves an otherwise talented ingenue like Runge so caught up in merely speaking Rosalind’s words that she fails to get to the loving heart of one of Shakespeare’s juiciest heroines.” 4/5 Stars

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Richard Ouzounian The Toronto Star -

It took time for Ouzounian to warm up to Andrea Runge: “Runge begins as a somewhat stiff Rosalind, but once she hits the forest and dons male attire, she becomes more charming with every passing minute and truly melts all hearts by the finale.”
3.5/4 Stars: “Time and time again it’s a delight to hear the theatre rock with laughter from nothing more than the delivery of Shakespeare’s words.”

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J. Kelly Nestruck The Globe and Mail -

A quick 4 star review from Mr. Nestruck, more to come. “in her second season, Ms. Runge has proved herself a sparkling leading lady, a mooning and mischievous Rosalind with a hint of Julie Andrews in her. At Stratford, finally, the Bard is back. “

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Robyn at Robyn's Reviews -

“Mr. Carver seems to believe in Jaques’ words, so he nearly convinces the audience of man’s infirmity as he delivers the ‘seven ages of man’ in soft-voiced urgency; his other pronouncements are just as soberly heartfelt.”

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