Within and outside of Western are plays of all kinds--thought-provoking and emotive, shocking and tantalizing, heartwarming and humorous. No matter the kind, someone from our theatre critic committee will be there in the audience, taking note. Discover some of the best of London’s theatre by staying tuned to our theatre reviews, published here and on our social media. Better yet, join our committee and get some critic practice and publishing experience of your own! Connect with our Theatre Critic Commissioner Shannon Scott (featured to the left) at sscot52@uwo.ca for more details.

Revitalizing A “Closet Drama”: A Review of English 2041F’s Production of The Cenci

The promotion of The Cenci has been worth it. With a sold out audience, viewers were treated to a show that is often overlooked when it comes to staging. As director Jo Devereux states on the back of the program, many people think The Cenci is “a closet drama— a play meant for reading and not staging.” It is a shame that people hold that belief; it is filled with emotion and action that can only be seen on the stage. Written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the show surrounds the lives of Beatrice Cenci (Lucy Ruo Su Zhang) and her family as they work to get rid of the abusive Count Francesco Cenci (Cobourn Sands). After holding a dinner party where he admits to sending two of his sons to their death

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