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Montreal’s Keir Cutler is back with the latest instalment of his Shakespeare franchise, this time a two-hander. The energetic Cutler plays Joe, a fanatical Oxfordian, one of those who believe Shakespeare’s plays were really penned by the 17th Earl of Oxford. Sucked into Joe’s web is shallow actor Conner Hamilton (Brett Watson), who is just trying to make a quick buck by lending his name to Joe’s cause.
Problem is, we’ve seen this movie before. The Oxford question has been pretty thoroughly explored recently. And, while this is not at all lecture-y, much of Cutler’s performance relies on miming every second phrase, like he’s playing charades.
But it’s also intellectually ambitious, exploring themes of manipulation and deception, and there are some fast-paced, funny moments, many thanks to Watson.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the Fringe program:
Teaching Hamlet is a fast-paced, hilarious, two-actor comedy featuring a Shakespeare performer and an Oxfordian intellect facing off in a battle of wits.
Teaching Hamlet premiered at the 2011 Montreal Fringe Festival to rave reviews, and was chosen for the 2012 Wildside Festival.
"An intelligent, hilarious word wrangle over authorship of the plays, as the worlds of theatre and academia are cleverly juxtaposed." - Montreal Gazette
"Sharp and witty!" - CJAD
"Wildly amusing!" - The Charlebois Post
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 min
Under 10 not admitted.
Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM CDT: