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The President

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Reviewed by Paula Citron
September 6, 2011

The President
Shaw Festival
Written by Ferenc Molnar (adapted by Morwyn Brebner)
Directed by Blair Williams
Performed by Lorne Kennedy, Julie Martell, Jeff Meadows, Peter Millard and the Shaw ensemble)
Royal George Theatre
Jun. 3 to Oct. 9, 2011

The Shaw Festival is remounting its 2008 runaway lunchtime hit The President, and the play is even funnier the second time round.

Written by Hungarian icon Ferenc Molnar in 1929, The President has been given a sparkling English adaptation by Canadian playwright Morwyn Brebner.

The president, portrayed again by the remarkable Lorne Kennedy, is head of a big corporation. His family has been hosting the daughter of an important client. Unfortunately, the young lady has not only married a lowly taxi driver, she is also pregnant. The president has only a few hours to turn this cabby into a respectable son-in-law before her parents arrive.

Director Blair Williams has set the play at breakneck speed as farce demands with Kennedy talking a mile a minute. The cast includes a good chunk of the talented Shaw ensemble. Cameron Porteous’ 1950 costumes are gorgeous.

I could happily see this production every year.

The President continues at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre until Oct. 9.

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