THEATRE

From Shaw to Stratford and be­yond

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - By JON KA­PLAN

Grimm tales

You thought the Grimm Broth­ers’ sto­ries were dark? Take a peek at Stephen

Sond­heim and James Lap­ine’s Into The Woods, which sug­gests that the tales of Cin­derella, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, Ra­pun­zel and oth­ers didn’t end hap­pily ever af­ter. Peter Hin­ton di­rects the

Stratford Fes­ti­val pro­duc­tion with Peter Don­ald­son, Su­san Gil­mour, Bruce Dow, Mary Ellen Ma­honey and Jen­nifer Waiser, with de­sign by Dany Lyne. Runs to Oc­to­ber 30, Avon Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600.

Mama mia!

There’s hardly a more mes­mer­iz­ing fig­ure in Amer­i­can mu­si­cal theatre than Mama Rose, the real star of Gypsy. The show, by Jule Styne, Ste

phen Sond­heim and Arthur Lau­rents, ac­tu­ally gets its name from Rose’s daugh­ter, who be­comes strip­per Gypsy Rose Lee. Nora McLel­lan is a nat­u­ral for Rose, and in the Shaw Fes­ti­val pro­duc­tion – helmed by artis­tic direc­tor Jackie Maxwell – she’s sup­ported

by Julie Martell, Tr­ish Lind­ström, Ric Reid, Jeff Lil­lico and Kate Hen­nig. Runs

to Oc­to­ber 30, Fes­ti­val Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429.

Twins peak

Though Shake­speare’s early play The

Com­edy Of Er­rors is a farce, with not one but two sets of twins caus­ing comic con­fu­sion, it also has a dark side, some­thing that direc­tor Richard Rose un­der­stands. The Theatre by the Bay pro­duc­tion fea­tures Bran­don Mc

Gib­bon and Bren­dan Mur­ray as the up­per-class twins and Kyle Hor­ton and Michael Ruben­feld as their clown­ish

ser­vants, with Philippa Domville and Kelly McIn­tosh as un­der­stand­ably con­fused sis­ters. Pre­views from Au­gust 11, opens Au­gust 13 and runs to Septem­ber 3 at Her­itage Park, Bar­rie. 1-866735-9243.

Scot­tish gothic

In Belle Moral: A Nat­u­ral His­tory, nov­el­ist and play­wright Ann-Marie

MacDon­ald uses a gothic who­dunit frame­work to look at a turn-of-the- cen­tury Scot­tish fam­ily who are not quite of their time, what with the women’s in­volve­ment in science and fem­i­nist phi­los­o­phy and the men’s pref­er­ence for eat­ing short­bread over more manly ac­tiv­i­ties. Alisa Palmer di­rects this Shaw Fes­ti­val pro­duc­tion, with Fiona Byrne, Jeff Mead­ows, Peter

Hutt and Donna Belleville as the ar­tic­u­late, ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters. Pre­views from July 7, opens July 16 and runs to Oc­to­ber 7 at the Court House Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429.

Trippy Bard

Look for day-glo colours and uni­sex cos­tumes in Stratford’s stag­ing of As

You Like It, in which the Bard’s cross­dress­ing plot gets pe­riod sup­port from direc­tor An­toni Ci­molino’s sum­mer-oflove stag­ing, com­plete with big hair and hippy beads. The cast – in­clud­ing Dion Johnstone, Sara Topham, Gra­ham

Abbey, So­phie Goulet and Stephen Ouimette – ca­vort to a new score by Bare­naked Ladies. Runs to Oc­to­ber 30 at the Fes­ti­val Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600.

Amy Walsh plays Ra­pun­zel (left) and Su­san Gil­mour is the Witch in the Stratford pro­duc­tion of Into The Woods.

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