Celebrating 5 Years
Mixed Reviews

A Midsummer’s Chamber play

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Both beyond Shakespeare’s wildest dreams

Positive Review
The New York Times Charles Isherwood

Charles Ish­er­wood of the NY Times on the Cham­ber play “I emerged stunned and dis­ori­ented, partly stim­u­lated and partly exhausted. The­ater rarely makes you feel any of these things con­sis­tently, let alone simul­ta­ne­ously.” and this of the other “Mr. Abraham’s pro­duc­tion ranks among the most purely enchant­ing I’ve seen”

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Certainly striking, also monotonous

Mixed Review
The National Post Robert Cushman

If you are among the learned, you can enjoy watch­ing each of the actors seam­lessly switch­ing from one char­ac­ter to another; if you aren’t, you won’t even know who those char­ac­ters are. Let me be clear: Sel­l­ars is a direc­tor worth invit­ing (and, I hope, re-inviting) to Strat­ford, and this …

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Boredom, then frustration, and finally sheer aggravation

Negative Review
The Bard and the Boards Robyn Godfrey

It would have been more inter­est­ing to read this ver­sion of the play, not wit­ness its des­ic­ca­tion. I do not use that word lightly — for all of Mr. Sel­l­ars’ enlight­ened inten­tions to get at the heart of the play, he only reveals — relent­lessly so — the dark, …

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A radical rethinking

Negative Review
The Slotkin Letter Lynn Slotkin

Many will fall on their knees in lemming-like slav­ish sup­pli­ca­tion to the icon­o­clas­tic efforts of Peter Sel­l­ars, think­ing this is the most incred­i­ble inter­pre­ta­tion of the play they have ever seen. Oth­ers will think it’s a load of pre­ten­tious crap. Me, I hated it.”

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Minimalist Midsummer has all the charm of a madhouse

Negative Review
The Record Robert Reid

Under Sel­l­ars’ chal­leng­ing direc­tion, the cast resem­bles a quar­tet of inmates per­form­ing an abridged ver­sion of Shake­speare in a madhouse…Sellars refers the ensem­ble to “a quar­tet of voices,” but it is a quar­tet of voices in a sin­gle key—the key of lunacy with­out love and poetry, to para­phrase The­seus in …

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Four brave actors

4 out of 4 Stars
Positive Review
The Toronto Star Richard Ouzounian

Richard Ouzoun­ian praises all 4 actors, Sarah Afful, Dion John­stone, Trish Lind­ström and Mike Nada­jew­ski adding “if you’d like to reach out to grasp the hand of William Shake­speare and feel the pulse of life beat­ing there, then this is an absolute must-see piece of theatre.”

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