Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Tamara LaPlante

Tamara LaPlante is directing a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company. With the show’s opening just days away, The Charlatan spoke with her to learn about the play, the directing process, and why she prefers comedies to tragedies. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Twelfth Night? What drew you to the play? Tamara LaPlante (TL): Sock ‘n’ Buskin kind of has a bit of a tradition where we’ve started doing Shakespeare every year. It used to be we did a Shakespeare and a musical every year, we haven’t done a musical in a couple years. I really like tradition, and I also really prefer the comedies over the tragedies. I think tragedies are important, […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin takes on fairy tales

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, Carleton’s very own student-run theatre company—otherwise known as Sock ‘n’ Buskin—is busy prepping for their fall line-up of performances. Sock ‘n’ Buskin is starting off this year with a performance of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a play where a group of fairy-tale characters attempt to combine and adapt 209 of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a whirlwind of dark comedy. Meg Sutton, the play’s director, said the show bridges the gap between the light and fun happily-ever-after aspect of Disney and the darkness of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. “We’re going back to when Cinderella did have evil step-sisters, but they were beautiful, and did end up cutting […]

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Commentary: SnB’s God of Carnage successfully takes risks

God of Carnage made me uncomfortable, but in a good way. It was like a well-orchestrated trainwreck taking place right before my eyes, and truly lived up to the carnage the title suggests. The premise of the play is simple: two couples sit down to discuss a fight that happened between their children. The discussion starts out cordially, but soon devolves into a complete mess. By the end of the play, everyone is either drunk, pissed off, or lamenting the loss of their cell phone. And when I say complete mess I mean complete mess. No racial or homophobic slur is off-limits. Sexist remarks? Go for it. An angry rant about a family pet? Absolutely. Given the nature of the […]

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Review: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s As You Like It

If you went to high school in North America, you are likely familiar with the writing of William Shakespeare and chances are that while you might understand they were important to the evolution of the English language, you aren’t particularly fond of them. I was one of those people before last weekend, but Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s performance of As You Like It breathed much needed life into words that look so dull sitting on paper. It is an absolute must-see. As You Like It follows the plot of a quintessential Shakespeare comedy: Following the banishment of her father, a young lady named Rosalind travels into the Forest of Arden—where she believes she can find him—with her best friend and closely […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin kicks off season

Sock ’n’ Buskin’s new season will kick off with a demon summoning, and a visit from Satan himself. The theatre company is putting on a production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the story of a man whose quest for knowledge takes a damning turn when he sells his soul to Lucifer. The play will run from Nov. 26-29 in room 2017 of Dunton Tower. “ ‘Tis magic, magic that has ravished me,” Faustus says early on. Later, he announces: “Despair in God and trust in Beelzebub.” Director Ian Gillies said it has been “incredibly rewarding” to see Marlowe’s work brought to the stage. He said he fell in love with the play the first time he read it. “Marlowe is […]

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