A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. A case of mistaken intent results in war. Canadian Stage returns to Toronto’s High Park for its 33rd season with two of Shakespeare’s great “Roman” plays on alternating nights throughout the summer: the fast-moving The Comedy of Errors, and the classic tragedy, Julius Caesar.
With two directors, the most recent graduates of the York University-Canadian Stage MFA program, and one sparkling cast, this is family-friendly entertainment, especially with The Comedy Of Errors. As well, this is accessible arts and an escape from the chaos of the city.
If you have yet to experience Shakespeare in High Park, I highly recommend that you do. The shows are always well produced, with a talented team of directors and cast. The volunteers are friendly and very helpful. And it is also an excuse to get to the park early, enjoy the scenery, then head over to the Amphitheatre.
A very reliable source has also informed me that in The Comedy Of Errors, the Dromio characters are played by women actors in drag. And that Julius Caesar has a fun political twist relevant to Canada in this election year. These, as many other Shakespeare’s works, lend themselves to creative interpretations. It will be a treat to see how the Shakespeare in High Park team entertain us this season.
Both shows are currently running nightly, with each show alternating evenings, until September 6. The official opening for Julius Caesar is July 16, and for The Comedy Of Errors is July 17.
The best way to secure your seat is to make a $25 advance donation. Kids (14 & under) receive free admission. Reservations are accepted until 5pm and held until 7:45pm. You can your make reservations online.
*Note: Due to the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games taking place, be sure to allocate ample travel time, and consult transit schedules regularly for any delays.
Photos: Canadian Stage