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Oliver Goldsmith's

She Stoops to Conquer

May 16th - October 10thAvon TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 7 Critics
7 Reviews

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The National Post - Robert Cushman

Comedy that makes you laugh

“Maev Beaty confirms in this role the long-standing suspicion that she is the classical comedienne of her generation, wittily and charmingly in command of everything she says and does.”

Read Full Review06/26/2015

The Bard and the Boards - Robyn Godfrey

Stratford's She Stoops to Conquer...

“The production’s best laughs came from the antics and looks of those without many lines – Gareth Potter, Andre Morin, Paul Rowe and Lally Cadeau. Cast as the dimwitted, untrained servants, Misters Potter Morin and Rowe form a background comic trio who eagerly try to impress their boss and guests and fail miserably at every turn but succeed in keeping the audience in stitches…”

Read Full Review06/12/2015

The Record - Robert Reid

She Stoops To Conquer: Ziegler and...

“Ziegler’s befuddled Mr. Hardcastle is the epitome of decency, a man obsessed with everything old. He keeps the comedy, which occasionally shows a tendency to spin out of control, grounded and on course. Since debuting with the festival 28 years ago, Peacock has demonstrated a knack for 18th-century comedy and as Mrs. Hardcastle she gleefully spits out genteel invective like a garden sprinkler going off in all directions.”

Read Full Review06/05/2015

The London Free Press - Bruce Urquhart

She Stoops To Conquer: A Comedic Triumph

“The strong performances by the lead actors are capably complemented by a supporting cast that manages to earn many of the play’s biggest guffaws. As Mr. Hardcastle’s trio of manservants, Morin, Gareth Potter and Paul Rowe are simply fantastic…Martha Henry takes one of the season’s more talented casts and creates one of the funniest Stratford Festival productions in recent memory.”

Read Full Review06/05/2015 - Christina Strynatka

Lucy Peacock a Delight

“Though [Lucy Peacock] doesn’t appear on stage much, she’s easily the best part of the play, especially the first time she walks out in what she thinks is a cutting-edge hairstyle. Whether she was seeking reassurance that “her age (40) didn’t put her over the hill or panicking at the thought of being confronted by a highwayman — and worrying that her precious Tony would be killed — watching her performance was the highlight of the show.”

Read Full Review06/05/2015

James Wegg Review - James Wegg

Silly as it is this one's just not funny

Many believe that comedy is the most difficult—and to be fair, subjective—art form to get right. But with a text that has been tickling funny bones since 1773, how odd that Martha Henry’s production looked fantastic…but the yuks were decidedly too few and far between to lift this version up to the ranks of must-see at Stratford.”

Read Full Review06/05/2015

The Toronto Star - Richard Ouzounian

Beaty and Farb are Fabulous

“Maev Beaty’s Kate Hardcastle is a model of femininity in the true sense of the word — strong and smart, yet with a world of tenderness underneath. And as her more comic counterpart, Sara Farb makes Constance Neville a totally adorable bundle of egotistical twitches, simultaneously perfectly in period and completely contemporary.”

Read Full Review06/05/2015

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