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William Shakespeare's

Love’s Labour’s Lost

July 30th - October 9thFestival TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 7 Critics
7 Reviews

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Tom Rooney Shines

“Tom Rooney, playing the pedant Holofernes, is the funniest in Love’s Labour’s Lost because of what he does with his entire body, not just how he delivers his lines. He acts as much with his legs – which suddenly become rubbery with lust, or rigid with wounded pride – as anything.

Rooney, this Stratford season’s MVP, shines in every moment here – and elevates the performances of those around him in the supporting cast through his hilarious reactions to them.”

Read Full Review08/19/2015

Broadway World - Lauren Gienow

Juan Chioran and Gabriel Long a...

“Some of my favourite moments came from Juan Chioran as the Quixote-type Spaniard, Don Adriano de Armado-particularly when he was sharing scenes with the absolutely fantastic, young Gabriel Long as Moth… Mr. Long is up for the challenge of what is an extremely demanding role for a young actor-but he does it all, and seemingly with ease.”

Read Full Review08/19/2015

The National Post - Robert Cushman

Mike Shara finally has a governing...

“The new Stratford production of Love’s Labour’s Lost begins, brilliantly, with Mike Shara arriving late…It’s a vindication of the Festival stage as an unrivalled launching-pad for language, and of the actor who, after innumerable and usually very funny successes in supporting roles, finally has a governing role and triumphs in it.”

Read Full Review08/24/2015

Between the Lines - Robert Reid

Love’s Labour’s Found

“Mike Shara takes another step forward as one of the festival’s most irresistible leading men as Berowne…Whether he’s raising a sceptical eyebrow, talking directly to the audience or revealing true feeling in a speech about the fairer sex, the charmingly charismatic Shara has theatregoers eating out of his hand.”

Read Full Review08/20/2015

The Stratford Beacon Herald - Bruce Urquhart

Talented cast rises to the challenge

“While the performances provide the meat of this production, the elegant columns and shaded greenery of the set and impeccably corresponding costumes — all courtesy of designer Patrick Clark -provide the seasoning. The result is a celebration -of language, of love and, ultimately, of maturity — that captivates in its delightful excess.”

Read Full Review08/17/2015

The Bard and the Boards - Robyn Godfrey

Stratford Festival's Love's Labour's...

“…John Caird has done his utmost to clarify the text. Of the three Love’s Labour’s Lost produced at Stratford in the past fifteen years, it is by far the clearest…Mr. Shara plumbs emotional depths not necessarily associated with the rakish Berowne…”

Read Full Review08/16/2015

The Toronto Star - Richard Ouzounian

Shara touching and vulnerable in...

“Mike Shara firmly steps into the front ranks of Stratford leading men with his Berowne, a character so ingratiatingly brash, yet touching vulnerable, that you have to love him.”

Read Full Review08/15/2015

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