It takes place in the humble town of Stratford, Ontario, not far from Toronto. For over half a century now, they have been producing some of the finest theater one may find in all of North America, and if you’re a theater person, you simply owe it to yourself to pay them a visit. I’ve been there twice before – once in the mid-1980s, when I went there and back in one day with my classmates from Lansing Community College, and once in the mid-1990s, when Nina and I drove there and took in stellar productions of Camelot and Death of a Salesman. I should add that a couple years after that, I saw the Goodman Theatre’s production of Salesman – the one starring Brian Dennehy that went on to Broadway and cleaned up at the Tony Awards – and for my money, the Stratford production was clearly superior.
CC and I have put together a carefully planned set of logistics to get us there and back. We’ll begin by taking the Amtrak to Detroit on Friday. On Saturday morning, we’ll set out for Stratford in a car my dad is loaning to us. At 2:00 that afternoon, we’ll see An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, after which we’ll find a nice dinner and spend the night in a hotel in Kitchener. The following afternoon, we’ll see Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, after which we’ll drive back to Detroit for the night. The next day, we’ll be on the train back to Chicago. Whew!
All of this has been made possible by the fact that CC is on a 2-week break between semesters, combined with my liberation from Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. I’ll be taking along my camera, so I should have some lovely visuals to share in this space after we get back!