Much Ado about Tarragon production

Unlike other, more conventionally “creative” interpretations, Tarragon’s take on Much Ado About Nothing actually renamed several characters in Shakespeare’s tale of two misled couples to better reflect their new roots. I’m not a purist when it comes to Shakespeare, so when 30 seconds into this production one of the characters actually used the word “Brampton,” my heart sang.

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An infinitely great evening at the Tarragon

I want you to be as surprised as I was that a play that includes an onstage violinist to punctuate emotional moments, a note in its program from a “consulting physicist” who provided the playwright with an eight-page biography of the play’s physicist character, and that features a fully grown woman playing an eight-year-old could work as well as it does.

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St. Mike’s theatre dazzles picky producer of musical

Putting on a show in a 200-seat venue “and not have a lot of people see our work” was not an option, producer Carl Pucl said in a recent interview, talking about why he chose St. Michael’s College School Centre for the Arts in midtown as the venue for the March 19–21 production of the musical The Last Five Years.

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Will audiences get Tarragon’s challenging play?

Of all the plays I’ve seen at the Tarragon recently, this English-language premiere of a German production had by far the most muted audience reaction. Hooting was minimal, no one gave a standing ovation and afterward I overheard several theatregoers muttering about not having understood what happened. I liked it — a lot. Nevertheless, at times throughout the play I found myself thinking, a lot of people might enjoy this.

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Looking for closure after visit to Waiting Room

Watching Waiting Room, Tarragon Theatre’s newest drama, brought memories of the experience bubbling to the surface. I presume it would be similar for anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in a hospital. Someone without that experience would leave the show with a solid idea of what a hospital stay is like, but I’m not sure I get what learning that lesson accomplishes.

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