The Alchemist

This is a very funny production of a funny play, but one that demonstrates quite clearly why Shakespeare was a writer for all time and Ben Jonson was a writer for his own time. (Ok I admit we are still watching his play, but it works because of the large degree of slapstick comedy that overrides the era specific jokes.)

And how could you not like a comedy that stars Stephen Ouimette (Subtle) and Jonathan Goad (Face) with Brigit Wilson as Dol Common.? This is definitely Brigit’s year for playing whores and she does a great job in this play and in Pericles. Scott Wentworth had a ball as Epicure Mammon, as did Steve Ross as Drugger. Wayne Best, Ryan Wilkie and Randy Hughson were all very funny in their respective roles.

It was dun to see it, but I see no reason to see it again, unless of course I am seduced by an equally brilliant cast some time in the future.


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 Alchemist

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I found the play quite slow to start, even though everyone was rushing. The early jibes seem repetitive and could be pruned without any loss of laughs or plot.

    However, it settled down after a while in the first act and the second act looked like a template for every farce in the last four centuries.

    It’s definitely Ouimette’s and Goad’s play, but all the cast were excellent.

    I am pleased when the Festival performs plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, it provides context for Shakespeare’s play and they can be very entertaining in their own right.

    However, I have to agree with Cathy that, in terms of language, his contemporaries’ works just demonstrate that Shakespeare was/is in a different class.

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