Tannis Kowalchuk embodies the Bard's wife, Anne Hathaway, in this wry, moving, solo musical tribute. More…
Performed with dynamic theatricality and live music, NACL's production of Vern Thiessen's epic monologue delves into a complex female experience of 16th century life while drawing contemporary parallels to modern love, children, work, and loss.
See it if To know some fact about William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. Good acting ,lighting and direction. 65 minutes no intermission.
Don't see it if If you don't like a historical play with some singing and music. Has a little feminist tone to it.
See it if Solo actress + musician enliven a fictional history. Peasant life, non-traditional marriage, plague, and sexism in 1580. Touching music.
Don't see it if Held my interest but a bit mundane. Not as compelling as some of the real autobios I’ve attended. Wife a saint, Shakespeare an a-hole.
See it if a charming, well researched one woman show appeals to you. The use of music is particularly nice.
Don't see it if heavy handed irony created by repetition annoys you.
See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare and are interested in his life with his family and wife. You enjoy a show with a historical background.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of one person shows. Although I am not usually a fan of monologues I thoroughly enjoyed this one !
See it if What if this happened with Anne Hathaway & Will, & that pesky Will that Will wrote intrigue you as possibilities for a one woman play +music
Don't see it if not interested in Shakespeare possibiliana, one person shows, Anne Hathaway, listening, imagining or appreciating
See it if you like discovering 13 year old plays and thinking about why they were written then
Don't see it if you’re tired of domestic complaints; plays revived too early or without enough reworking to have the same impact today
See it if Tannis Kowalchuk is excellent as Anne Hathaway. Although historical fiction it is interesting to get a peek at her life.
Don't see it if Do not go if you do not enjoy solo shows or do not have any interest in Shakespeare’s life.
See it if You’re up for a perky, mostly house-bound Mrs Shakespeare clumsily transitioning into other equally unconvincing characters and voices.
Don't see it if You expect to learn much about Anne Hathaway or dislike sitting through almost embarrassing self-indulgent solos, however well-meaning.
See it if you like solo shows (with music & quirky staging) that pretend to be based on an Elizabethan Era writer. [See "more to say" section.]
Don't see it if you're a person who values history, facts, accuracy -- or if you know a lot about Shakespeare & find biographical errors very annoying
See it if you would like a feminist, alternative take on the life of Shakespeare's wife. Clever and engaging.
Don't see it if you want total authenticity or want a naturalistic performance. This is very stylized.
See it if You are interested in Shakespearean history and seeing an attempt fleshing out the puzzle that is Anne Hathaway.
Don't see it if You are a strict historian (I don't know where they get the evidence that his son died of drowning.)
See it if You enjoy engaging one-women shows that entertain and enlighten.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy one-person's show or have no interest in the life of William Shakespeare and his family.
See it if You want to see a good actress and musician do their best with a difficult script and childrens theatre-style direction.
Don't see it if You already know about Shakespeare's life. This play blends poetic license into some facts.
See it if You like shakespeare and you want to know how this director interpret the life of his wife Anne
Don't see it if You don't like shakespeare and one person performance.
See it if you love one-actor shows/like the premise of a focus on Hathaway. But where's English accent? Why the modern haircut? Was WS called "Bill"?
Don't see it if you want a polished, accurate piece. Lots of info is wrong or, at least, not established. No reference to WS's plays. Unenlightening.
See it if you've ever wondered about the woman Shakespeare left behind in Stratford when he went to London to make history.
Don't see it if solo shows or history plays are not your thing, or you cringe at the idea of the standard version of the Bard’s life being tampered with.
See it if you're interested to learn about Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, and what it must have been like being married to him.
Don't see it if you're not into solo shows or need high production values. Also, some of the writing is unnecessarily expository and feels indulgent.
See it if You’d like to hear a possible explanation why his wife is only briefly mentioned in Shakespeare’s will from what little we know about them.
Don't see it if You are a stickler for accuracy as it distorts facts and implies she was treated worse than the historical record.
See it if you're interested in WS enough to care about his personal life. I suspect much is pure speculation, but it was an hour well spent.
Don't see it if If one-person shows are not pleasing to you, or if you are already Shakespeared out.
See it if you like one person shows and like to dwell on historical figures we know very little about, & to think about what they might have been like
Don't see it if You need sets, or don't like musical pieces just added for the sake of music. Or if you are a historical purist.