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Til Death Do We Part: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a One-Woman Show

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In this new Ryan Gladstone comedy, each one of Henry VIII’s six dead wives drops screaming into some waiting room near the Pearly Gates. Only one can be the king’s consort in heaven and it is left to them to quarrel among themselves as to who is his true love.

Monster Theatre veteran Tara Travis plays all the wives, as well as Henry, in one of the most impressive acting feats in the festival. Six-way conversations — it’s no help when three of the characters have different spellings of the name Catherine — can be confusing, but Travis, who belongs in their midst as the scream queen, finds distinctive physical poses and accents to differentiate each. Anne Boleyn is easiest to characterize because only her head made it to the afterlife.

Masterpiece Theatre lovers will be entertained royally with the bonus that the wives get even with Henry for all eternity.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

The betrayed wife. The scheming wife. The peacemaker. The ugly German. The slutty one. The one in love with someone else.

6 Queens. 6 Love stories. 6 Deaths. One actress!

5 STARS "The idea is as brilliant as the execution is funny." - CBC

"An incredibly rich, dizzying experience that should not be missed." - BENT

4 STARS "Ingenious, dazzling and amazing!" - Edmonton Journal

4 1/2 STARS "Monster Theatre are Canada's ablest fact-benders and history-skewerers. Gladstone's script is a lesson in crowd-pleasing wit." – SEE

 

http://www.monstertheatre.com/

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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