All's well that ends well, or so it seems at the beginning. Richard, being sure that he will have to resign as General Manager, gloomily heads over to the theater only to find that hords of teenagers clog the box office to get tickets for Macbeth. In fact, the show is nearly sold out. He at least can face opening night in good spirits. Not so Geoffrey, who still has to deal with an actor refusing to take his direction. So he decides to put in some last minute changes and teach Henry Breedlove a lesson he won't soon forget. His plan works and he is rewarded by a stellar performance of his cast as well as a black eye from Henry Breedlove's fist. All that's left to do is save Romeo and Juliet from total disaster. Giving his most dramatic performance in years, Geoffrey convinces Darren Nichols to rethink his concept and stage the play as the desperate love story it is. And another pair of lovers finds themselves re-united in the end, although not in death. With a little help from Sloan, Ellen and Geoffrey get back together.moreless
This show is always witty and always has something eloquent to say about human nature and life in general. Geoff's comment on the basic truth of Romeo and Juliet is just one such example.
It's no wonder that Paul Gross and Martha Burns play well off each other, given their real life relationship. However, it takes impressive acting to pull off some of these closeups. Gross's transition from "weeping" to completely calm after speaking to Darren is also well done and hysterical. The success of the ridiculous advertising campaign may be a little overdone, but I love this show enough to let such things slide. Any fan of theatre should watch this show.moreless
i've finally seen season 2 of "slings & arrows" and much like season 3 (i've written a comment on earlier) it's been too much of a unit to review every single episode so i'm going to write another resumé on the whole season.
to start with: i really loved it. there's one tiny little "complaint" i have though. it has been frittered into too many sidestrings this time for my taste that didn't finally meet the same perfect way they had in the other two seasons. i've given season 2 an overall 9.5 while i've scored the others with a 10 each. season 1 had been very exciting because it had been all new to me (the great and often hilarious cooperation between geoffrey and oliver, the wonderful lovestory between jack and kate, geoffrey and ellen getting back together, ...) and season 3 (my favourite one) had provided more of a most brilliant eccentric humour and a wonderful, at times very affectionate and touching interaction between paul gross' geoffrey tennant and william hutt's charles kingsman that i very much enjoyed to watch. even though season 2 was really great as well and made me enjoy every single second it didn't quite live up to the other two seasons. but that hasn't much a significance really because it still is one of the best seasons i've ever seen on any show.moreless
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