Slings & Arrows

Slings & Arrows

Season 1

DVD - 2006
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Based in a fictional Canadian town where legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the Artistic Directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the Festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming General Manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet; the play that drove him mad.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, c2006
ISBN: 9781569388280
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 276 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 16, 2017

This comedy/drama, set at Ontario's Stratford Festival (in the guise of the New Burbage Festival) may be the best TV series ever made. It's clever, funny, moving, and unconventional. Definitely worth checking out.

Dec 11, 2015

Slings & Arrows" never generated much buzz, but it is one of the smartest, best acted, and most observant shows of the last several years. Set at a struggling Canadian Shakespeare company, each of the three seasons is centered around one major play ("Macbeth," "King Lear") and the drama the surrounds the productions (breakdowns, affairs, drugs). Those with a background in drama/literature will probably appreciate it even more. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams & Sarah Polley.

Sep 20, 2014

Loved loved this. smart writing.

EmilyS13 Aug 21, 2014

This really is a gem. A fantastically dark, hilarious series that delves into the wonderful world of theatre productions. A superbly acted tribute, and satire of Shakespearean theatre.

kwakiutl Oct 21, 2013

clever writing. very enjoyable. it felt complete in six episodes however i just found out there are two more seasons in the story. i will definitely see them.

Jul 25, 2013

I'm a patient person. I gave it a chance and was bored with it. Part way through the 2nd episode, I stopped watching it.

hania4987 Apr 17, 2013

great premise, good acting and some truly funny bits, but each episode must be reviewed separately ... ep. 1 sets up is a little slow and has very little comedy ep. 2 the story begins to coalesce; ep. 3 the story finally started to become interesting and I am hooked enough to see more

Nov 13, 2012

I LOVED this series and you will too if you ike ... drama, comedy, intrigue, Shakespeare, the lovely town of Stratford, Ontario, amazing acting from some of Canada's least known stars (Martha Burns, Steven Ouimette, and Paul Gross). Ouimette is the BEST, playing against type and Gross is serious -- and persuasive.

Mar 12, 2011

Slings & Arrows is a delightful treat. Fun plot line, solid writing and casting, superb acting, all nicely interwoven with the Bard. Paul Gross plays Geoffrey, a lovely, brilliant, twisted actor/director. His introduction/insertion into the storyline is a hoot. Ellen (Martha Burns, Paul's real time wife) has fun (as do we) as the female lead. Oliver (Stephen Ouimette) is delightful in his role as mentor/conscience to Geoffry. The nutty fop/director Darren (Don McKellar) is superb as Geoffrey's antagonist and sets the stage for the Season 1 cliffhanger. Don't miss it! I could go on with all the cast, each well chosen. At the end of Season 1, you'll want more and wonder if it will be delivered. Yes! Keep watching!

Feb 26, 2011

If you love theater, you will love this show.This is Glee, all grown up. Charming, well developed characters. Delightful surprise. Watch the whole series.

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