Each summer, we like to head down to Vanier Park and attend at least one of the Bard at the Beach plays. It’s always a good evening out, and this season they have 3 plays going that I want to see. Our first one was Timon of Athens, which was a play I had not seen previously. It’s not one that’s done all the frequently, but it seemed worth seeing this time.
The play was set in a modern setting - I’m not normally a huge fan of the time/place changes, but they also made an interesting change in doing a complete gender swap, taking what was an all male cast and making it all women. It worked really well, and the cast was generally quite good.
The play itself I think they must have shortened, as it seemed to jump through very quickly. One aspect that it fell down on (or so I think it did) was that events were supposed to take place over a larger time/distance/location than they seemed to, within the play. I’d have to see it somewhere else to know for sure, or maybe it’s a shortcoming of the play, rather than the production.
In any case, the play flew by - always a good sign - and both of us enjoyed it. We came out of the play to an incredible sunset, which was the perfect end to the night.