"Outrageously entertaining" --NPR
Winner of 13 Gemini Awards and showered with critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes.
Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimette), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney), a pretentious guest director (Don McKellar), and his own tempestuous romance with the festival’s leading lady (Martha Burns). The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare’s masterpieces--Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear--one in each season. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Colm Feore (Chicago), Sarah Polley (Go, The Sweet Hereafter), and renowned Stratford Festival actor William Hutt in one of his last performances.
"A winner: funny, touching" -- E! Online
"Achieves perfect pitch with its mix of dark wit and drama" -- The Washington Post
"One of my all-time favorite television series. Filled with irreverent, hilarious dialogue and heart-felt performances" -- TVGuide.com
"Sophisticated and cutting yet sincere...A" -- TIME Magazine
4 of 5 stars. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 2007
An exceptionally well crafted, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully smart series. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Backstage masterpiece this one-in-a-million TV show. -- The Phoenix, July 2007
Charming and complex and lovely. -- The New York Times
EW Pick...A -- Entertainment Weekly
Funny, tragic and exhilarating, "Slings" memorably celebrates the nobility of human dreams and the intoxicating impact of live theater. --Newsday, July 2007