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It’s been a positively crazy week, but this weekend has been wonderful. Especially yesterday.

King Lear In order to celebrate Mothers Day and my birthday, my mom and I spent the afternoon in Stratford, at the Festival, seeing King Lear. It was brilliant, as was expected. Directed by and starring Brian Bedford; anyone who’s ever heard me talk about him will know that I cannot praise this man too much. He’s brilliant in everything I’ve see him in. The rest of the cast was fabulous, too, and the costumes, oh, the costumes! Positively gorgeous! And the play itself was heart-wrenching.

Seriously, if you are ever in Southwestern Ontario when the Festival is going on, check it out. Some of the best Shakespeare, fabulous musicals and other wonderful plays.

Speaking of musicals, the theatre store is overflowing with Oklahoma! merchandise. Which, I’m sure I’ll appreciate in a few weeks when I go to see it, but there was just … so much. Cowboy this, cowgirl that. Very little of the other stuff they normally carry. Sheesh. I did, however, find these right between the Shakespeare action figures and bobble heads. I didn’t get the finger puppets, but the more I think about it, the more I think I might have to purchase them when I’m down to see Oklahoma! because… seriously, how cool would it be to have a Shakespeare finger puppet?

I also got to see Twelfth Night on Thursday night, at the local university, with a friend from work. Twelfth Night, I think, is still one of my favourite comedies. Funny how I really didn’t care about it when we studied it in high school but now I love it.

I think I’ll see more plays in a month’s span than I normally do in a full year. Hmm. I’d still love to see To Kill a Mockingbird, or My One and Only if anyone (ahem, Rach) wants to see either with me. ;)

Anyway, off to bake tarts now!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:21 pm May 13, 2007.
Category: Plays

  • http://blog.quixoticmiss.com Quixotic

    Nice! It’s been a while since I went to the theatre. Love King Lear, one of my favourites.

    Those finger puppets are cool!