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His Greatness

My heart went out to all three characters in Daniel MacIvor’s beautifully crafted exploration of the cost of greatness. Richard Donat as the playwright gives us a mercurial, tortured soul---witty and charming one moment, bitchy and cruel the next. MacIvor plays the assistant, a man who has been worn thin by the years as an employee/parent/keeper to the great man. Ryan Doucette is the cocky young man, a streetwise but endearingly dim hustler who sparks a showdown between the playwright and assistant. They are a sad trio, emotionally vulnerable and all facing the slow but relentless death of their dreams. This may make His Greatness sound thoroughly depressing, but the delightful back-and-forth of the barbed, witty dialogue, nuanced performances and crisp direction make this an entirely entertaining night of theatre. —Kate Watson

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