• Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm
  • Arrive 30 minutes early to see The Lobby Project
  • WEEKDAY MATINEE: Thursday, January 23rd at 2pm

Special Showings

  • Pay-What-You-Can Previews: Wednesday, January 15th & Thursday, January 16th
  • Subscriber Appreciation Saturday: Saturday, January 18th
  • Artist Talkback: Friday, January 24th
  • Theatre Club: Saturday, January 25th

Reviews — 12 Open

Eleanor mccomb

Jan. 20, 2014

2:18 PM

Loved the show, great acting, easy to understand,
Have been recommending it to all my friends.

Susan Pieters

Jan. 20, 2014

3:10 PM

Tempted to see this one again! Clap-clap! (Only those who have attended will know what that means…)

Mary Bruce

Jan. 20, 2014

3:23 PM

This was an excellent production of the play with just enough extra touches to give it a joyful, upbeat ending. The actors were superb and constantly amazed with their knowledge and use of the lines. The moral lessons were well conveyed. The dance at the end was fun. Keep up the good work; we need more productions like this.

David Varty

Jan. 27, 2014

7:58 PM

This was an excellent production which made for a very enjoyable evening. The play was easily understandable despite my previous knowledge consisting of only a Wikipedia plot summary. I thought there were resemblances between the villain Angelo’s character and Rob Ford. When caught he even apologized too. The theatre’s unusual design gave the cast some challenges which they overcame with imagination and humour. The actors were right up close, giving real intimacy to the scenes. Bravo for the fine performances.

Jim Burkinshaw

Feb. 2, 2014

2:13 PM

Great show; had to listen intently to catch the Shakespearean vocab and eloquent phraseology but loved it. Great acting, well done; nice contemporary touches.

Dennis Danielson

Feb. 3, 2014

3:53 PM

The company exploited beautifully the intimate space so that the action interpenetrated the audience and gave the whole production a most engaging meta-theatrical as well as a medieval morality-play feel. Grave character-issues of hypocrisy and manipulation (which implicate not only Angelo but also the Duke himself — oh, all right, and the rest of us too) were skillfully balanced with the play’s bright strands of comedy.


Feb. 4, 2014

11:28 AM

We very much enjoyed the balance of the modernized plot with the authencity of the old language that created a timely Shakespearian play in 2014.

Barbara Whistler

Feb. 5, 2014

7:37 PM

Measure for Measure is my favourite Shakespeare play because it is so accessible – language amazingly modern and plot easy to follow.
Angelo’s statement “We are all fragile” which we all can relate to, sets the stage for the final happy resolution. We leave the theatre vowing to be nicer people.
I am surprised that this play is not performed more often. My only problem with this production was the elaborate use of candles which was a little distracting- one does not want to miss any of the Bard’s amazing language – “She will tongue me,” does not need explaining.

Arthur Whistler

Feb. 6, 2014

5:11 PM

My wife and I enjoyed it very much
Barbara sent an E-Mail to you but she had problems in sending it. Did you receive her E-Mail?

David M. Roth

Feb. 7, 2014

4:25 PM

One Of Shakespeare’s “problem plays ” Measure for Measure presents challenges and opportunities for players and audience alike. It’s not a comedy; it’s not a drama with some funny bits, and it does not rest comfortably in any genre. The characters do not fall into easy categories, their behaviours are complex – buffoons and blowhards who are also caring friends, rulers lacking the stomach to enforce laws, the outwardly moral unable to contain desires given the opportunity that power presents. In addition it is a lengthy piece – the Pacific Theatre production from The Honest Fishmongers comes in at nearly three hours. Heady and difficult stuff this.

By focussing the play on Angelo’s line “we are all frail”, Director Kevin Bennett has chosen to emphasize the bundle of contradictions that is the essence of the human condition. In Bennett’s hands common recognition of human frailty becomes the coda of Measure for Measure.

For the most part the Honest Fishmongers’ production rises to the challenge. Staged in a modified round the confined spaces of the Pacific Theatre make this production an intimate experience – at times the actors are inches away from audience members. The intimacy of the production is further emphasized by the lighting design, which has the actors illuminate their faces with candles with typical stage lighting used sparingly throughout. The result is a warm and “painterly” atmosphere. That said, it was difficult to discern the logic determining when full lighting was used, making the candles seem more an effect than a dramatic vehicle. The set is minimal, allowing the actors to move freely across the stage, effectively mirroring the chaotic nature of the dialogue and emotions at play.

The cast is solid, and rises to the demands of the script. In an ensemble of good actors who clearly know their craft two performers stand out. Peter Anderson, playing the gentleman buffoon Lucio, brings a hilarious physicality to the role as well as subtly demonstrating Lucio’s underlying lack of confidence that drives him to seek the spotlight in any circumstance. Anderson is equally adept in the smaller role of the prisoner Barnadine , a man “careless, reckless, and fearless of what’s past, present or to come”.

The other stand-out is Emmelia Gordon’s Pompey. Simply put Gordon is a magnet on stage. Played by man or woman Pompey is a character that is easy to like but Gordon brings something more. Her Pompey is smart, funny and capable – perhaps the only character that truly understands who she is and the world she lives in. This is not an easy thing to demonstrate in a character that can easily become a flat comedic mirror of the world of the play. Gordon has the kind of energy and talent that directors will do well to capture and focus – it is lightning in a bottle.

All in all, it was a good night in the bosom of grand language, good performances and thought-provoking ideas. One couldn’t ask for much more.

Paul McIsaac

Feb. 7, 2014

9:15 PM

Most fun I have ever had with Shakespeare.
Admittedly, Julie McIsaac is one of my best-loved nieces, but the treatment and performance were both unique and powerful … on all parts.

Pacific Theatre

Feb. 10, 2014

11:42 AM

Hi Arthur, Glad you enjoyed the show! Our box office staff will be in on Tuesday, and then I can verify for you whether we received the email or not.

-Andrea Loewen, Communications Manager, Pacific Theatre

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