A.C.T. Presents the World Premiere Translation of Racine's Phèdre by Timberlake Wertenbaker
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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Featured review from Chris H.Red Velvet
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It took us a while to get used to a play that is not "modern" in any sense of the word. Once I accepted the fact that we were seeing a play that was very much in the spirit and context of Roman and Greek plays in the distant past (aside from the 17th century French costumes), it was much easier to enjoy!
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A smoldering tale of erotic obsession" —Backstage.com
“Brilliant . . . it’s dazzling. This is work of the highest caliber. If you want to see a fine tragic actress at the height of her powers tackling one of the great dramatic roles in the canon, now is your chance.” —Toronto Star
“Intelligent . . . McKenna holds the Canadian patent on Greek tragedy.” —National Post
“McKenna gives a strong performance, treading the arc of her character’s descent into madness and more with sure-footed skill. . . . Perloff imposes an elegant sense of understatement on the high drama of the tale.” —Toronto Sun
Tales of illicit passion weave through ancient power struggles as the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival joins A.C.T. for this gripping premiere. Making her West Coast debut, internationally acclaimed Stratford actor Seana McKenna portrays the legendary Phèdre, the wife of King Theseus. As passions erupt, will her desire for a younger man overwhelm her duty to her husband, her son, and her kingdom? A new adaptation by Timberlake Wertenbaker (A.C.T.‘s Hecuba and Antigone, __Our Country’s Good__), Phèdre is a potent mix of rich poetry, political intrigue, and sexual jealousy.