Review: Man of La Mancha

Creativity (and a whole lot of cardboard) make this Man memorable

Beware the ear worms! Can you think of another show that has as many insidious tunes as Man of La Mancha? (I ended up humming “Dream the Impossible Dulcinea in a Cinnamon Tree.”) However, the inventive staging of this play-within-a-play makes it worth enduring the tunefully torturous car ride home. The creative team on this show has pulled out all the stops, putting together a world of fantastical illusions including a windmill/monster, a castle/inn and a really cool chess game, all from cardboard. The cast brings a lot of energy and talent (vocal, dance and acting) and while this show is a little rough around the edges musically, I understand that the pit band had just under two weeks to learn the very challenging score. Again, I’m impressed with how big the King’s Theatrical Society dares to dream.

When: Through January 23
Where: The Pit, Arts and Administration Building, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg
Price: $5/$7

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