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Teaching Shakespeare

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Keir Cutler remounts the university-lecture-gone-wrong that introduced him to Winnipeg fringe audiences in 2001, as an inept professor flails and fails to make sense of the Bard’s works and his own deteriorating life. Part of the charm is how much how much valuable trivia Dr. Keir actually manages to pack into his inane rants and hero worship. (“Whatever we don’t like, we don’t understand.”)

The rest comes from Cutler’s smooth, practiced delivery, as he mines gentle laughs from a rich if predictable vein. It’s a piece he could clearly do in his sleep, and while the doctor’s scrabbling to find comfort in iambic pentameter still earns chuckles, the unscripted audience interaction earns the biggest laughs. The audience was howling from Cutler’s whip-smart retorts to his students’ answers and it was clear the performer himself got the most joy from the fresh material.

— Matt TenBruggencate

From the Fringe program:

Director: Keir Cutler

Cast: Keir Cutler

The mega-hit parody of a college Shakespeare class returns! Over 150 performances across Canada with two runs in New York, multiple awards with holdovers at the Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton Fringes and televised on BRAVO!

"...hilarious example of how not to conduct a class." - Toronto Sun

"Keir Cutler is a masterful entertainer." - Winnipeg Free Press

Reviews from the Orlando Fringe 2013:

"Gloriously funny!" selected "Top Ten" - The Orlando Sentinel

"Perhaps the best one-man show at this year's Fringe." - Orlando Weekly

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: None

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