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Breaking Bard

comedy · the porters of hellsgate · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by CYNTHIA BECKERT

June 12, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

Extremely smart and very enjoyable! This show has got Best of Fringe written all over it! Author Gus Krieger is a poetic genius, pulling just the right Shakespeare quotes to give intense theatrical life to this well-known cast of characters. Bard-o-philes will appreciate the clever combinations of famous speeches from throughout the canon (he even works in Titus Andronicus, fer crissake! and the Seven [St]ages of Man/Meth speech alone is worth the price of admission), and Breaking Baddies will enjoy the creative, condensed retelling of the entire series. If you’re a fan of both the Bard and the Bad, you are in for a real treat! The cast – members of that talented-beyond-their-years company The Porters of Hellsgate – delivers the iambic pentameter masterfully and, in some cases, quite creatively (Salamanca). Shakespeare geek extra credit: keep an eye out for an unspoken Othello reference from the fastidious chicken franchise owner Gus!

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