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Hear ye, hear ye! Winnipeg’s Sixth Planet Productions presents an Elizabethan epic of enjoyable proportions.
More polished than much Fringe fare (many of the nine-member cast are professional Canadian Actors’ Equity players), the drama features fine acting, choreographed set changes and a script by Kevan Kenneth Bowkett that sounds so authentically Shakespearean you’d swear it was a genuine period piece.
Sword fights, backstabbing royalty and scheming clergy abound, and there are too many outstanding performances to highlight (but the comic crowd pleasers will certainly be Grant Burr’s weak, timid French King and Daina Leitold’s Fool).
Other than a few opening night flubs which will undoubtedly resolve themselves over the run, the only drawback is the large number of multiple male roles played by females. Not because of any gender bias, but because the going gets tough when onstage characters begin discussing offstage characters, and you are trying to remember which woman played which man so you can keep up.
But for those who can keep it straight, it's well worth the effort.
— Janice Sawka