William Shakespeare's

Timon of Athens

May 8th - September 22nd Tom Patterson Theatre Ticket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 7 Critics
7 Reviews

Hamilton Spectator - Gary Smith


“Stephen Ouimette’s production at Stratford wisely deals with the way wealth can be both a protective shield and an exposure to predators…

Digging deeply into the play’s second, more problematic act, Ziegler’s rage is wisely controlled, making it all the more frightening. Finding a thread of sadness here, Ziegler makes his Timon a disappointed man, used by an uncaring world….

It’s a joy of the Stratford Festival season that every so often, along with “Hamlet” and “Macbeth,” they treat us to the likes of a worrisome character like Timon. Every so often we need a someone to shake things up a little.”

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The Capital Critics Circle - Jamie Portman


“Considering the economic convulsions that later broke out in 2008 and given the continuing fall-out from them, Timon Of Athens seems even more timely today. Ouimette is once more at the helm of the production that arrived at the Tom Patterson Theatre last week, and again the play opens with a very contemporary collection of parasites, leeches and lounge lizards being entertained at dinner by Joseph Ziegler’s Timon, as blinkered and benign a booby as you’ll find anywhere in dramatic literature.”

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck


Timon [of Athens] is played by Joseph Ziegler – a veteran actor with a crackling voice who, almost every holiday season, plays a wonderful Scrooge in Toronto. His character trajectory here is, as an essay in the program notes, the opposite – from giddy generosity toward total misanthropy….

[Stephen] Ouimette finds the perfect tragicomic tone for these scenes and Ziegler is both ridiculous and pitiable, looking like he’s wandered out of a Samuel Beckett play, howling in a hole in his undershirt or picking up an umbrella to shelter him from the blistering sun that hovers over the action in Dana Osborne’s design.

…this rarely produced Shakespearean oddity feels entirely in keeping with our own age of extremes.”

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James Wegg Review - James Wegg


“This production has been set in the present day, affording designer Dana Osborne the opportunity to work in all manner of electronics (including selfies, text/video sharing and notebook spreadsheets) into the visual mix. The costumes are also “now”, giving licence to Cupid and her dancers to wear very little (and sprout wings!)…

For those of us sitting up at night to read between the lines, this production is as remarkable for the superb acting and production values as it is totally unbelievable that Timon could really be such a fool.”

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The Stratford Beacon Herald - Steve Rice


“[Timon of Athens] is a thought-provoking and often amusing study that’s as relevant now as when the play first appeared in 1623. Stephen Ouimette, who directed the last Stratford production in 2004, has chosen again to set the play in modern times and the themes fit well into a self-absorbed world of virtual reality goggles, cellphone selfies and vacuous club music…

The ultimate message, Ouimette notes, is that unlike Timon we should not become disheartened and must remain “true to our word, be loyal, love other human beings.”

In that regard, Ouimette’s staging is a triumph.”

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Broadway World - Lauren Gienow


“The choice to once again set this play in modern times, heightens the audience awareness of just how true to life some of the circumstances of this play are. This really happens to people. As Ziegler’s Timon discovers that his entire worth would not even pay off half of his debts, I started considering taking the time to re-evaluate my own budget.”

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