A Company of Fools’ production of The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre breathes new life into a Shakespearean classic – and perhaps even a couple ill-fated characters along the way.
Directed and adapted by Catriona Leger, the play follows the antics of young Prince Pericles of Tyre. Pericles performs feats expected of a man of his status: solving riddles revealing incestuous monarchs, jousting to win the love of a princess, and embarking on fearsome voyages at sea.
But it’s with the show’s innovation that its entertainment value skyrockets. With additions including Corn Pops as sustenance for a country in midst of famine and jabs at OC Transpo, A Company of Fools’ gives Shakespeare a modern edge. The many clever stylistic modifications more than warrant the subtle title change.