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Studio 180 – David Hare’s Stuff Happens

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by Paula Citron.
Stuff Happens
Studio 180
Written by David Hare
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Starring Barry Flatman, Andrew Gillies, David Fox, Yanna McIntosh and Nigel Shawn Williams
At the Berkeley Street Theatre Mainstage until Mar. 29

Studio 180 is a scrappy little theatre company whose mandate is provocative plays strongly anchored in social and political issues. British playwright David Hare’s 2004 Stuff Happens is right up its alley. The title is taken from former American defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous remark when questioned about the museum looting that followed the fall of Baghdad.

The play is a chronicle of the questionable inner workings of American foreign policy from 9/11 to the aftermath of the Iraq war, and all the major players are there including George Bush and Tony Blair. That there are moments of genuine laughter is a tribute to the follies of the princes of power. Hare based his play on real life events where possible, and fictionalized the rest in the spirit of the former.

The 15-member cast is superb as is Joel Greenberg’s taut direction. This is another don’t miss production.

Stuff Happens continues at Berkeley Street Theatre Mainstage until Mar. 29.

I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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