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Monday, 4 May 2009

Blonde Ambition at the Shaw Festival

(Deborah Hay as Billie Dawn, with Gray Powell as Paul Verall in the background. Photo by David Cooper, courtesy of the Shaw Festival.)

This past weekend I travelled down to Niagara-on-the-Lake and took in the invited dress rehearsal of Born Yesterday, a 1940's play by Garson Kanin about the power that a little knowledge can wield. It's starring Stratford alums Deborah Hay and Thom Marriott as Billie Dawn and Harry Brock, and while I can't officially review it (being a dress rehearsal), I'd say it's going to be as golden as Billie's curls for the Shaw Festival.

Anyone wanting their own preview can try tracking down the George Cuckor movie by the same name, starring William Holden and the Betty-Boop-voiced Judy Holliday. (The Stratford Public Library has it on DVD).

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