Theater: Marathon Time at Stratford

In Ontario this season, a waspish Woolf out-tongues the Bard

Opening week at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival is always a dramatic marathon. Trumpeters in Elizabethan garb signal curtaintime and send eight plays sprinting off the mark in five days, beginning a five-month competition that often finds the winners and the losers in close contention. Four of this season's entries:

VIRGINIA by Edna O'Brien

Every festival profits from a conversation piece. Stratford assuredly has one in Virginia, which is based on the life of Virginia Woolf. One may argue that it is not quite a play,...

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