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The Season at Stratford

13 shows
113 reviews

Verbal comedy but none of the laughs come from the lines

In a piece reviewing both Shakespeares Cushman notes: It’s a bad sign in a highly verbal comedy when none of the laughs come from the lines. The shame of it is that when Keiley does get down to directing a scene, she can do it very well….Brigit Wilson is touching when reunited with her daughter, but we lose the rivalry of the ducal brothers, and – most damagingly – the moment when the usurping Duke Frederick (whom Scott Wentworth amusingly plays as Donald Trump) turns on the similarly fratricidal Oliver with “more villain thou.” It’s a moment of either breathtaking hypocrisy or guilty displacement which has been known to turn the whole play around.