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Edward II

When: Tue., Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Thu., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Feb. 18-19, 8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 26, 2 p.m. 2012
Phone: 802-5223 or
Price: $15/$20
Snip. Snip. Snip. That’s the sound of the judicious pruning that Vile Passeist Theatre needs to employ when it stages its next play from the Jacobean era. With a start-to-finish time of over three hours (including a 15-minute intermission) their current production of Marlowe’s Edward ll is simply too long and repetitive to enthrall a modern audience. Despite a brilliant (and I mean brilliant) portrayal of the titular king by Ben Irvine, I was ready to finish him with a hot poker myself, just to put an end to the interminable evening. This is a young company oozing with talent and the oh-so earnest desire to bring under-produced theatre to Halifax, but they need to recognize that length does matter. Leave them wanting more, I say, and you’ll soon be playing to the packed houses you deserve. –Kate Watson


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