Teaching Shakespeare: a slight, curious piece
Teaching Shakespeare - not a selling title, surely - claims more than 150 performances, which, for all I know, is a Fringe record. The actor (presumably Keir Cutler, credited as 'playwright') lectures to us, as a university Shakespeare class. He is devoted to Shakespeare; his approach is a random, free-association one. He speaks briefly of Titus, Hamlet, a sonnet, of verse forms, biogrpahy and the significance of what is not said. This is more sophisticated than The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (at the Arts a few years ago); less fun than Shakespeare in Love. He is the instructor as frustrated actor, especially demonstrating five different ways of doing Lear's dying 'never.' Though he has only a table and chair, he keeps moving, sitting on the table and standing on the chair.
Also, he is up for tenure, which he is unlikely to receive because of bad student evaluations, from which he quotes. In what ways is his teaching good or bad? Is he worse because fearful of losing his job? May he be heading for breakdown? A slight, modest, curious piece.
Teaching Shakespeare is on as part of the Vancouver Fringe. For more information get bardy here.