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Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection

June 8, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

As seen on the Sundance Channel “Deliciously written” —TV GUIDE “Big and powerful, a corker” —LOS ANGELES TIMES “Charming and complex and lovely” —THE NEW YORK TIMES Showered with awards and critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes. Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimette), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney)… More >>

Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection


5 Responses to “Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection”
  1. K. Doll says:

    If there is a better television series produced about community theatre, I haven’t seen it. This series masterfully touches every emotion and leaves you breathless. Even though the series revolves around community theatre, it isn’t just for those thespians amongst us. It is for everyone. If you’ve ever laughed, cried or screamed in frustration, this series is for you.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. S. Johnson says:

    If you are involved in theater in any way, shape or form – this series is a MUST SEE. The writing is incredible, the acting is first-rate. Do not miss this .
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. I bought the series, and will watch it again. Love the notion that a ghost stalks an actor. I recognize several types whom I have known: the Alpha female, the insecure nympho, the sleazy undertakers, the wacky ad guru, the addled producer, the would-be Romeo & Juliet, the has-been addict, the sensitive office manager, the flawed hero. Paul Gross is wonderful as always.

    Anne Johnson

    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I heard this program being reviewed on NPR and was immediately hooked. An all-star cast (many of whom I’d seen at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario), witty, fast-paced dialogue, and wonderful humor while still being true to the Shakespearean stage. The only problem with the series is that it only ran 3 seasons, with 6 episodes in each….you just wish it would never end.

    I’ve bought several DVD sets as gifts and recommended it to friends…you just never get tired of it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Imagine a richly textured play about the drama that goes on backstage when a play is produced. That’s Slings & Arrows. The characters backstage are true to the Shakespearian models onstage. There’s a tortured artistic director/stage director (Paul Gross/Geoffrey) who once had a nervous breakdown playing Hamlet and now finds himself directing that play. There’s a ghost: the late artistic director of the theater group (Oliver) who was run over by a “pig truck.” There’s a manipulative corporate political operative (Holly Day) who makes Lady Macbeth look like a Cub Scout Den Mother. There are a couple of long suffering servants (an administrative assistant and a Stage Manager) who do their work amidst insults. And finally, for this list at any rate, there are clowns: a kindly, avuncular, gay couple who provide rye commentary on the action. And the list could go on and on.

    I’ve done community theater as a stagehand, set builder, and stage manager for 20 years. These shows capture the feel of being backstage beautifully. The writing is lively filled with badinage, soulfull monologues, plot twists, and even some wonderful sight gags.

    This is adult drama as the word used to be used. It’s filled with complex characters, ample amounts of swiving, and the characters often swear like dock workers. It is a pitty that we do not have the wealth of vulgarisms that the Elizabethians had. The F-bomb gets repetitous.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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