Breaking Bard

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

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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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