While the devil was still putting on his white suit and top hat for the new production at the Metropolitan Opera of Gounod’s “Faust,” mere mortals were starting their night with cocktails in the Grand Tier.
If there’s an actor who can do shambolic pathos better than the great Michael Gambon , he hasn’t appeared on the theater scene yet. If there’s a play better suited to exploit this quality than Samuel Beckett ’s short monologue “Krapp’s Last Tape,” now at London’s Duchess Theatre , it hasn’t surfaced on the theatrical radar either.
You have 58 chances left to catch “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Canada’s Stratford Festival and decide for yourself whether Des McAnuff’s chilling revival deserves the hoopla that has made it the summer’s most talked- about show.
Launched in 1953 by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival attracts many of the best directors and stars, who tend to keep coming back for more. It’s the most consistent Woodstock for Shakespeare fans on the continent.