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As seen on the Sundance Channel
In its third season, this universally acclaimed series continues to mine dramatic and comic gold from the trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional Canadian theatre troupe, both on- and offstage.
Struggling with the unfamiliar burdens of success, the New Burbage theatre festival mounts two ambitious productions: King Lear, Shakespeares epic tragedy, and East Hastings, a debut musical about a heroin-addicted hooker with a heart of gold. Emotionally fragile artistic director Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross) coaxes legendary actor Charles Kingman out of semi-retirement to play Lear. But with plenty of personal baggage, Kingman doesnt so much play the part as live it. Meanwhile, the festivals resident bean-counter (Mark McKinney) joins forces with the musicals flamboyant director (Don McKellar) to create the unlikeliest hit in theatre history. Special guest stars include award-winning actor William Hutt of Canadas Stratford Festival and indie-film sensation Sarah Polley (My Life Without Me, The Sweet Hereafter).
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with Paul Gross and Susan Coyne; extended scenes of King Lear; bloopers; deleted and extra scenes; trailer; production notes; photo gallery, song lyrics, and cast filmographies.
Contains strong coarse language
great characters, acting, writing. and, lots of good Shakespeare too!Published 4 months ago by Richard Colvin
So very entertaining. The acting is wonderful, Paul Gross is just great in this. Martha Burns is wonderful too.Published 5 months ago by Silvergirl
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
Fabulous. Paul Gross does a wonderful job in this series, so different from his character in Due South. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carolyn Severance
I'm not a theater devotee but this series is very compelling. The part about the ghost is not particularly plausible but the acting and plot lines are solid. I loved it!Published 12 months ago by GEC122
Not quite as good as season 2, but still well worth the watch. Good ensemble piece. Sad to see it end.Published 14 months ago by Joni Resce
…that reminds me of the power of drama and art and the struggle for the highest truth in our emotions, no matter how challenging. And all with good humour. And love.Published 16 months ago by Mina Samuels