Godspell, King Lear & A Nude Hope

Talk about a trio of diverse offerings. This week our picks include a female King of the Jews, a powerful King Lear, and a sexy parody of a sci-fi film classic.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Sheep on the right, goats on the left. After forty years, Godspell (until Aug 1) continues to deliver on its invigorating message of love and community. With its memorable songs like “Day by Day” and “We Beseech Thee”, this reinvented production from the Arts Club Theatre Company is not only filled with beautiful harmonies, but an energy that is unstoppable.

The cast of Godspell. Photo by David Cooper
The cast of Godspell. Photo by David Cooper.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is now in full swing beneath its iconic red and white tents at Vanier Park. While its comedies may have missed the mark this year, its production of King Lear (until Sep 26) is powerful, with a performance by Benedict Campbell that deserves to be seen.

Jennifer Lines, Benedict Campbell and Colleen Wheeler in King Lear. Photo by David Blue.
Jennifer Lines, Benedict Campbell and Colleen Wheeler in King Lear. Photo by David Blue.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]With excitement continuing to build as the new Star Wars movie is set to be released this Christmas, it only makes sense that we’ll start to see more and more interest in a galaxy far, far away. Fandom theatre troupe Geekenders takes the stage with A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure (Jul 7-19), a parody that we think has the potential to make George Lucas and Mickey Mouse blush.

Geekenders presents A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure.
Geekenders presents A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure. Photo: Zemekiss Photography / Facebook.