Bouffon meets Shakespeare in Physically Speaking’s production of Weirder Thou Art, written and directed by Ardyth Johnson, and running at St. Vladimir Theatre for Toronto Fringe.
The three witches from Macbeth—The Virgin (played with a fierce feminist energy by Ronak Singh), The Matron (Stephen Flett in the delightfully bombastic and know-it-all role) and The Crone (deliciously lascivious, courtesy of Anne Shepherd)—kidnap William Shakespeare (hapless and confused, played by Philip Krusto) to force him to write the story their way. And to make a proof of their humanity to God.
And because bouffon is about mockery, filthy, rowdy and overblown shenanigans ensue as the witches come in and out of their rehearsal of Macbeth, with The Matron casting herself as Lady Macbeth while relegating the others to bit parts—that is, until the other two witches revolt.
Lots of LOLs from the entire cast; with some nicely performed bits of Macbeth. Adult language and situations—this is not a show for kids.
Bawdy, silly good times with Macbeth in the wacky fun Weirder Thou Art.
Weirder Thou Art continues at St. Vladimir Theatre until July 16; advance tickets available on the show page.
Check out Phil Rickaby’s interview with director Ardyth Johnson on Stageworthy Podcast.
One thought on “Toronto Fringe: Bawdy, silly good times with Macbeth in the wacky fun Weirder Thou Art”
Saw the show and loved it! Together, the three witches represented the darker side of humanity hilariously well. William Shakespeare’s vain attempts to cope with their perversions made it all the more entertaining. Highly recommended.