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bard on the beach

"So much talent all around," he added. Bard on the Beach, which is staged on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park against
Anita Rochon's inspired approach to this maligned play is a great success. She exploits the its weaknesses and makes them strengths. She turns her seven actors into a full cast of 18 using a scheme so clever and funny it occasionally upstages Shakespeare himself. And that's a good thing.
A very talented cast struggles valiantly through a text that rejects dramatic development at this Bard on the Beach show. This is too bad, because without a plot, "Equivocation" is just an endless stream of platitudes.
Allan Morgan's portrayal is tentative. His Prospero seems shy. Morgan seems to cower beneath the role, never fully inhabiting it. His voice lacks confidence. This is a meek and gentle magician, a follower. It's all wrong. Morgan hasn't the stature for the role. A good character actor, he fails to command the stage as arguably Shakespeare's most powerful character.
Scott Bellis' Bottom is comic confection. This is a mighty performance. The audience enjoys a frisson of excitement each time Bellis steps into the light. The performance is a careful, studied piece of work that is truly original and may leave you gasping for breath. The rest of the play pales beside him.
On April 23, 1564 -- 450 years ago today -- the Bard was born. He was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small town in Great Britain that will always be known as his home. But each summer all the world becomes Shakespeare's stage -- including communities across the pond from his realm, England. Here's a look at's Top 5 Shakespeare Festivals in Canada.
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