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Slings and Arrows --- great TV show
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: February 6, 2008 - 10:14 AM PST
Last Reply: February 7, 2008 - 10:37 AM PST

author topic: Slings and Arrows --- great TV show
Cinenaut
post #1  on February 6, 2008 - 10:14 AM PST  
After watching the first two seasons of Slings and Arrows, I have to say it's one of the best TV series I've ever seen. It's a Canadian production about a hapless Shakespeare festival and its struggles to put on Shakespeare plays despite threats of bankruptcy on one side and commercialism on the other. If it sounds boring, it's not, thanks to hilarious character-based comedy and excellent performances by the cast. There's a ghost, a director who'd previously gone insane playing Hamlet, and lots of unhinged actors and staff members.

It stars Paul Gross of Due South fame, along with his wife, Martha Burns, Mark McKinnney of Kids in Hall fame, with appearances by the likes of Rachel McAdams and Sarah Polley. Sarah Polley's dad, Michael Polley is a regular, playing one half of a pair of wisecracking old actors who have seen it all and act as sort of a Greek chorus, commenting on the action. Sarah herself appears in the third season, which I haven't seen yet.

Highly recommended!
underdog
post #2  on February 6, 2008 - 10:50 AM PST  
Glad you mentioned this one - I keep meaning to watch it, I think I finally will. My dad said someone told him about it, then asked me if I'd seen it, I said, er no, but heard great things! Even a couple of people on a baseball site I chat on have mentioned it.

So I think it's time.

We have Slings & Arrows Seasons 1-3.

I love Canadian stuff, Kids in the Hall, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, and what was that show set around a gas station? Liked that one, too. So there's no reason for me not to have seen this!
Cinenaut
post #3  on February 7, 2008 - 10:37 AM PST  
I think you'll like it, although it may take three episodes or so to get hooked.

Don McKellar is a hoot, playing an over-the-top theatrical director who hates the theater.

The first season has a great opening song, called "Cheer Up, Hamlet."

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