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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Say you gathered together the victims of a serial wife-killer. What would that be like?

Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a second-year appearance at the fringe for this Vancouver-based production, offers a historical take on that concept.

Henry’s dead wives gather in an antechamber just outside heaven to tell their life stories and vie for the spot of the king’s consort in royalty heaven.

It’s a work of genius that actress Tara Travis plays all six wives, plus Henry. That could be a confusing mess in less talented hands. But she never wavers in the accents and physicality of each character.

Travis doesn’t miss a beat as she snaps from the fiery Spanish accent of Catherine of Aragon to the valley-girlesque Kathryn Howard to the guttural tones of German Anne of Cleves.

All that, and a feminist statement on empowerment, too, makes for quite the history lesson.

— Julie Carl

 

From the Fringe program:

Back By Popular Demand! Til Death Productions is proud to present Monster Theatre's sold out hit from last year. The Betrayed Wife. The Scheming Wife. The Peacemaker. The Ugly German. The Slutty One. The One In Love With Someone Else. Six queens. Six love stories. Six deaths. One actress! Witness this award-winning performance from the artists that brought you Houdini's Last Escape and No Tweed Too Tight.

Director: Ryan Gladstone

Cast: Tara Travis

5 Stars "One of the most impressive acting feat in the festival!" - Winnipeg Free Press

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 14 not admitted.

Warnings: Mild Language

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