You can’t not discuss this one: As You Like It, A Radical Retelling is the first play at the New Roxy, a (very) short review

Cliff Cardinal, As You Like It, A Radical Retelling, Crow’s Theatre. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

By Liz Nicholls,

“Thus we may see … how the world wags.”William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II, vii

It’s bold. It’s ballsy, a genuinely provocative theatre experiment. And — here’s a 100 per cent guarantee — you WILL be discussing it after the curtain comes down. Really, you can’t not.

To help support YEG theatre coverage, click here.

That’s Cliff Cardinal’s new play As You Like It, A Radical Retelling, the show Theatre Network has chosen to open the beautiful, long-awaited new Roxy on 124th Street. It’s a gutsy way to start this new era for the company. 

Live theatre regularly makes claims to being surprising and risk-embracing: the Indigenous playwright provocateur Cardinal, a mischief-maker of serious intent, brings it. To theatre, to the rituals of theatre-going, to the cultural trappings and infrastructure that support it.

Since the experience is built on surprise, I can’t tell you very much about the Crow’s Theatre production that’s arrived from Toronto on the Roxy’s new Nancy Power mainstage. It is indeed a “radical retelling,” unforgettably so, and the Nancy Power is  equipped for the occasion with a red velvet curtain. That’s it. Nearly everything else, including revealing the cast in advance, would count as a spoiler. 

Whatever you think — and I’m imagining theatre-goers will be divided, judging by Saturday night’s audience — you’ll think. The “radical retelling” has big questions for you (and it’s gripping from beginning to end). Isn’t that what live theatre is for?


As You Like It, A Radical Retelling

Theatre: Crow’s Theatre at Theatre Network

Written by: Cliff Cardinal

Starring: cast will be announced at every performance

Where: Theatre Network, the new Roxy, 10708 124th St.

Running: through May 15

Tickets: theatre

This entry was posted in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.