Bard on the Beach 2018

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Bard on the Beach in Vancouver is approaching its 30th birthday given it started in 1990. This year they put on As You Like It, Macbeth, Timon of Athens and Lysistrata, based on Aristophanes’ ancient play.

My family took in As You Like It, which was set in 1960s Vancouver and included no less than 25 Beatles songs. What was so clever was the weaving in of the songs into the context of the play. And that it was not simply singing the songs, the players acted the songs.

This helped As You Like It because, as a play, it has the distinct rushed ending, where the evil duke responsible for the woes of all the characters, suddenly – off stage no less – finds God and becomes a monk and gives back all that he had taken.

But, did you know this was the play in which you find the famous line, “All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players?”

The 2018 season runs until September 28. For more info see bardonthebeach.org/

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