As I sat in the Waterfront Theatre watching Teaching Shakespeare I couldn’t help but wonder how many of the audience members around me were giant Shakespeare nerds like me. The play, a solo show about a failing professor who worships the bard, was chock full of quotes, phrases, references, and things that the average plebian would be immune to.
Nevertheless, the audience roared with laughter. Perhaps we have reached an age where Shakespeare is more commonplace than I realized? Or perhaps Teaching Shakespeare is just so full of vitality and ridiculousness that the enjoyment surpasses content material?
Keir Cutler has performed the show for 19 years, so there is something lasting about it. I guess that’s what happens when you write a show about something so timeless.
Either way, if you’re a theatre nerd like me, you will wish that this play was real and you went to that college.
Teaching Shakespeare is part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and runs until September 17th, 2017.