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What you should see at Stratford Shakespeare Festival
STRATFORD, ONTARIO — It's not easy for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to accommodate the beautiful mess. Its costs and budgets are massive, its theaters imposing — in its current configuration, Tanya Moiseiwitsch's famous Festival Theatre still has more than 1,800 seats — and the weight of auspicious history hangs heavy. Shows must run, in repertory, for up to four months and play well to the theater's passionate group of supporters, many of whom are retirees who journey here from Toronto, Detroit and, in their many thousands, from Chicago, taking in as many as eight different shows in a week, debating what they see fiercely in seminars and on the terraces of bed-and-breakfasts.
August 7, 2012