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” It’s difficult to empathize with characters who cease being people and become cartoons. Director Antoni Cimolino has chosen to push the envelope in this regard, with varying degrees of success…
The younger generation in particular tends to tumble into hammy overkill. One who avoids this trap is Jamie Mac in the role of Victor.”
“If you attend The Miser at Stratford hoping to hear the playwright’s witty dialogue, be prepared to hear about Burger King, Joe Fresh, TikTok, Value Village as well as Brangelina, Justin Bieber, Joe Clark and Dr. Oz among others too many to count. This makes the play less one of the great character studies in comedy and more of a panto for adults.”
“Comedy can be hard, but Cimolino’s production keeps (almost) everyone on the same page in performance style, an artful homage to commedia dell’arte. Lainfiesta and Khan, a couple of wiry and witty performers, seem like the spiritual offspring of Feore, while Lucy Peacock has a particularly memorable cameo as a matchmaker in pleather pants.”
“Even though what he says and does is loathsome, Feore’s Harper is so charismatic and his physical performance so skilful that he keeps the audience laughing and groaning from start to rousing finish….
It’s totally funny, creepily sexy, and the cherry on top of a first-rate season for Feore.”