Teaching Shakespeare 3
by Stephanie Classen, The StarPhoenix
Dr. Keir is every English nerd's dream.
In Teaching Shakespeare 3, Keir Cutler reprises his role as the incompetent Shakespeare expert who has, in this latest installment, tumbled to the embarrassing level of substitute teacher.
The Montreal actor takes As You Like It and turns its subject matter into a wildly hilarious and gripping one-man play.
Assuming the role of a traditional Shakespearian hero, Cutler shifts from hopeless romantic to denial-ridden cynic, with a sense of timing so sharp it will glue you to your seat. While trying to dispel a rumour that he is having an affair with one of his students, Dr. Keir finds himself revealing too much and losing his composure.
Cutler is captivating with his wild, furrowed gaze, as he navigates a tight script that is pure comedy with a note of seriousness -- not to mention an ending that will give you chills.
This is Cutler's fourth appearance in Saskatoon and he has already established himself as one of the Fringe circuit's most entertaining and intriguing performers.
In the play, his Dr. Keir exclaims, "Shakespeare is for the intellectually elite." But this play is for Shakespeare lovers, haters or anyone who has ever sat through a lecture on the Elizabethan author.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2006