Fringe 2012: Speare (Parts 1 and 2)


Fringe 2012: Speare (Parts 1 and 2)

Photo courtesy of Ray Kennington.

Bear Productions

Sunday, July 8, 10:30 p.m. (Part 1)
Tuesday, July 10, 3:00 p.m. (Part 2)
Wednesday, July 11, 1:45 p.m. (Part 1)
Thursday, July 12, 2:15 p.m. (Part 2)
Saturday, July 14, 2:15 p.m. (Part 1)

Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst Street)

Several of Shakespeare’s great works begin to intertwine in Bear Productions’ ambitious two-part project, which sees a coterie of of the Bard’s greatest villains joining forces to exact their various revenges. The plot is largely driven by King Lear‘s Edmund (Ryan McKeen) and Othello‘s Iago (Edward Kennington) as they seek to raise an army to support Macbeth‘s Prince Malcolm (Brendan Shoreman) in his bid to retake Scotland, and serve their own interests in the meantime.

Unfortunately, while the shows are big on ambition, they fall flat on stage, with too many plot lines to follow, particularly across two separate performances. Too few performers take on too many roles, with too little effort to distinguish one from the other. The exception to the rule is Roger McKeen, who transforms completely from one villain to the next. Speare is a creative effort in fan fiction, but requires much work before it does justice to its namesake.