Saw three plays at Stratford this weekend.
I had been looking forward to Grapes of Wrath; I'm a big Steinbeck fan. We were sadly disappointed, however. The wandering minstrel/narrator interludes were annoying, not in the least because of the discordant rock-a-billyish approach used. The most glaring problem, however, was the dreadful (and I don't use that word lightly) performance by Janet Wright as Ma. She delivered her lines (when she wasn't dropping them) with little to no inflection and it seemed she would rather have been anywhere than onstage. On the plus side, other performances were well done, and the staging was excellent and creative, particularly the truck and the river scenes. Tom McCamus, as always, was excellent.
Camelot was wonderful, campy fun with beautiful costuming and solid performances all around. The cast seemed to be having a wonderful time, as was the audience. It was the surprise favourite of the group I was with.
Jesus Christ Superstar was very good, although the costuming annoyed me. I'd been looking forward to seeing Josh Young's Judas after seeing him in Evita last year, and while he was good, he wasn't outstanding. Chilina Kennedy was Chilina Kennedy; I've seen her in a number of performances, and while her singing is solid, her acting still needs work -- whether she is Mary Magdalene, Eva Perron, Rose of Sharon, Maria or Philia, she's still Chilina Kennedy. Nolan was very good as Christ, but seemed just a bit too distant. As canmark mentioned, Dow was wonderful as only Dow can be. I did feel that the whole thing was rushed, however -- two hours, start to finish, including intermission.