How does a cast of fifteen manage to each stand out without upstaging each other?
The Awkward Stage production of Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus, as part of he Vancouver Fringe Festival, managed to pull this off, utilizing every talent, every space on stage, and giving life to Andrew Wade’s Book and Lyrics and Jenny Andersen’s Music, possibly making William Shakespeare roll in his grave… with laughter, that is.
Titus is Shakespeare’s popular tragedy but this one with a twist – actually lots of it – where the Bard attempts to lighten up his work and what ensues is a series of successful mishaps and surprises enough to keep the audience rolling the aisles.
It’s truly amazing how this show, for such a small stage, is able to come up with something top calibre that you’d really hope and expect this to go further. The pieces by Wade and Andersen are comparable, if not possibly surpassing the likes of Monty Python’s Spamalot or the currently running Something Rotten! accompanied by Erika Babin’s simple but effective choreography, truly brought out the best in the cast, and you can really see how they are enjoying themselves on stage.
You don’t have to understand Shakespeare to truly enjoy this show. Just go along with the ride and enjoy everything the show has to offer – blood, meat pie, deers, and… a clown…
Catch the few remaining performances of Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus September 17-20 2015 at the Firehall Arts Centre at 280 East Cordova Street. If you don’t, I’m pretty certain this will return next year, hopefully on a full scale production.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival continues to run until September 20 2015. Get your tickets to the remaining performances here.