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In its second season, the smash hit Canadian comedy about a struggling Shakespearean theatre troupe explores the conflicts of middle age and rebranding: Am I who I want to beor not to be?
Now ensconced as artistic director of the New Burbage theatre festival, Geoffrey (Paul Gross) must stage the cursed play Macbeth to fulfill the vision of his deceased predecessor Oliver (Stephen Ouimette). The actor cast in the lead (Geraint Wyn Davies) engages in a titanic clash of egos with Geoffrey, while Oliver weighs in confrontationally from the grave. The festival faces a financial crisis that forces its CEO (Mark McKinney) to engage in some risky business, while leading lady Ellen (Martha Burns) endures a life-altering tax audit. Adding to the mayhem is the return of the madcap guest director Darren Nichols (Don McKellar), who stages a post post-modern Romeo and Juliet after the original director breaks her neck. Could it be the curse of Macbeth?
As seen on the Sundance Channel.
Slings and Arrows was conceived as a set of three seasons. Where Season 1 focused on disillusioned youth, Season 2 "tackles the conflicts of middle age and rebranding," said executive producer Niv Fichman. The success of the first season afforded the show a larger budget, and so the original cast returned and a bevy of strong newcomers (including Wyn Davies, Colm Feore, and Diane DAquila) along with enhanced production values, were added. The result is a season that builds upon the high standard set in the first one. The writing continues to be some of the best on television; the characters are intriguing without being precious, and the dialog continues to snap with the kind of wit that ordinary sit-coms painfully lack. You dont have to have been in the theatre to get drawn into this world, but if you happen to have been an actor or ever worked on the stage, these characters will be familiar some of them probably a little too familiar. Its good to see that a strong debut has led to an even stronger continuation. --Daniel Vancini
Very much enjoy this series and it is a good continuation of season 1. Anyone interested in theatre should certainly enjoy this, as well as those interested in Shakespeare at all. Read morePublished 28 days ago by ralechner
reminded me odf our theatre group never saw the 2014 lyrics book??Published 2 months ago by Donald G. Notz
Intricate plot, with lots of theater crises and laughs. Great acting too.Published 3 months ago by belligerata
We caught this series of three seasons when it was first aired on PBS. Watched the repeat a year later and then, a year after that rented the DVDs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. J. Leedham
If you are a fan of Cananda's Stratford Festival....this is a hoot! Paul Gross and the rest of the cast are great. Very funny and intelligent.Published 8 months ago by Isabella R