The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0138 Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Date: Monday, 12 Feb 2007 17:33:28 -0800
Subject: A Rave for "Slings and Arrows," Canadian TV Series about a
The TV columnist in my local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, fancies
himself "cranky pants," but here he is raving about a Canadian TV
series, "Slings and Arrows," whose storyline involves a Shakespeare company:
"Most American television fans have never heard of 'Slings and Arrows,'
a Canadian series shown here on the Sundance Channel, which is an
exceptionally well crafted, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully smart
series that deftly weaves drama with comedy in ways few series do. It
will enter its third and final season Sunday...
"'Slings and Arrows' has a specialness that's hard to ignore, and to
selfishly keep the show to oneself and a small group of like-minded
devotees would just be wrong.
"The series revolves around the (mostly) backstage machinations of a
Shakespeare company working out of the fictional New Burbage Theater
Festival in Canada (which is no doubt loosely based on the famed
Stratford Festival in Ontario).
"This subset of people -- actors dedicated to Shakespeare well told in a
world that could mostly care less -- is a rich milieu that the creators
of "Slings and Arrows" mine with a perfection that 'Studio 60 on the
Sunset Strip' can't touch..."
More of this review at
The DVDs for seasons 1 and 2 are available in the US-Canada and UK
formats. The Sundance Channel site has a couple video clips:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/?ixSeries=50 To find out if your
cable or satellite provider offers Sundance Channel, call: 800-SUN-FILM
The show's official site is at
http://www.themovienetwork.ca/slingsandarrows/ and IMDB has production
[Editor's Note: I have both seasons on DVD, since I don't watch
television, and I am a fan of the series; it represents what intelligent
television should be. -HMC]
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