The President

Lorne Kennedy leads a strong cast on a fast and furious race to turn the communicst taci driver into a respectable industrialist in one hour. Absolutely hilarious and a must see for all managers and leaders. As I watched it I kept thinking “I have to use this in my speech on leadership next month” – there were so many great lines. Norrison pokes fun at the need to oil the machine, but at the same time knows it is critical to make the organization work.
The Shaw company can adapt to unforseen circumstances – this time laryngitis in one of the secreataries required one actor to do the movements while another spoke the lines. It worked so well that it actually added to the play rather than detracting from it. After all Norrison would have someone standing by ready to fill in if his secretary couldn’t speak.
Chilina Kennedy and Jeff Meadows are both young actors to watch for in the future.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The President

  1. Keith says:

    Wow, this was hilarious, they really “got’ farce this time. The last time we saw a farce at Shaw was an adaption of a Faydeau farce by Morris Panych,Hotel Peccadillo, with the same leading man, lots of banging doors and distorted perspective, but poor pacing and few laughs. It must have been the different director this time; I hope they use Blair Williams for more of this stuff!

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