Praise from the Press
Wednesday night, still in shock really, I found an antidote in the opening night for playwright/actor Tracey Power’s Miss Shakespeare. It’s a Canadian Musical with an all-female cast that imagines the theatrical ambitions of the Bard’s youngest daughter, Judith, at a time when women were not allowed on stage.
Did it ever feel empowering to watch this on a day when women felt so let down, so impotent. To be packed into a theatre with people who felt the same way. To laugh at lines like, “We believe that making theatre is like making a child: if you want to be truly successful, you need more than just a penis.”
Art, at the very least, can offer you a good time, a distraction. But crucially, it provides an outlet for resistance. It is the language of despair and dissent. ~ Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
Passion fuels Power play
This is smart, funny stuff! Power mixes it up musically from the boisterous “Keep Your Pizzle in Yer Pants” to McFarlen’s heartfelt reprise of “Passion”: “If it’s passion you seek/Don’t piss it away.” Power, who also wrote the big hit Chelsea Hotel, is dynamite on and, obviously, off stage when she’s writing and composing. She’s certainly one young woman who’s definitely following her passion and not pissing it all away. ~ Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier
Things are looking up for Canada’s contribution to the musical theatre genre.
The powerhouses behind Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the duo of Tracey Power and Steve Charles appear to be unstoppable. The entire show is wrapped inside a world that straddles a line between reality and imagination, which seems somehow fitting for a show about Shakespeare’s daughter. ~Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
Miss Shakespeare’s a sweeter thing
With humour and heart, the musical Miss Shakespeare imagines an underground world of women who broke the rules, first quietly and then brazenly, changing the landscape forever. The script by Tracey Power, the critically lauded director of Chelsea Hotel, surrounds six women, each lovingly illuminated with her own backstory and unique personality. And the all-female cast of theatrical powerhouses brings those characters powerfully to life. The musical numbers draw on old time cabaret with irreverent songs about the challenges of cross-dressing and admiral parts of the male anatomy. ~ Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun
Sexy Brash Miss Shakespeare defines new age of Canadian Musical Theatre
Miss Shakespeare is a brave and passionate approach in showcasing feminist values and sexism that is still relevant today. Themes like abuse, sexuality and fertility are tackled with honesty and raw integrity. Presented by a daring creative team and a group of immensely talented and dynamic actors, this new Canadian musical is not to be missed. ~ Cassidy Ranford, VanCity Buzz
Miss Shakespeare is optimistic, charming, and most of all, fun.
The musical component achieved a perfect balance between being appropriately crass and beautiful, delivering laughs, yet still allowing for moments of sincerity. For fans of either Shakespeare or local theatre, both Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar are not to be missed. Miss Shakespeare is perfect if you’re looking for laughs, while J. Caesar should please even the Shakespeare purists. The most rewarding option, of course, is to see both. ~ Michelle Allin, SadMag
Miss Shakespeare is no "miss" -- a palpable hit!
"Anyone who loves theatre will love this show." Yes. And, timing being important, Miss Shakespeare is the perfect aperitif and reassuring nightcap to the USA polling booth events of yesterday. The chance for the country to at long last elect its first woman President fell prey to a quirky time-worn institution called the Electoral College. Despite the fact that Ms. Clinton had 200,000 more ballots cast in her favour than her opponent managed. This is clever playwriting. Clever songwriting. Clever play-within-a-play-within-a-play house of mirrors stuff. Tuneful, joyful, inspiring. Can't ask for much more than that anywhere anytime.
~ Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews
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