Episode 587. Slings & Arrows

With the premieres of both Rise (on NBC) and Barry (on HBO), it’s the perfect time to satisfy listeners who’ve asked us many times to delve into the seminal TV show Slings & Arrows, the Canadian production that lovingly sends up and celebrates the business and art of theatre, and is the definitive depiction of our business on television. Howard Sherman returns to talk about what makes this show so great (and occasionally painful and eye-rolling) and offers a defense of theatre administrators; a recognition of fantastic actors such as Rachel McAdams, Stephen Ouimette, and Paul Gross; detailed explorations of theatrical art; surprisingly complex and nuanced interpretations of Shakespeare; the importance of — yet again — representation, and — coolest of all! — where you can currently see the show online for free right now.