History Series / SlingsAndArrows

19th Apr '18 9:03:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* InformedAbility: At the end of season 1, Jack Crew gives what we're to understand is a masterful performance as Hamlet, but this is conveyed with a montage of him reciting his soliloquys in virtual monotone while staring dreamily into the middle distance.
24th Mar '18 10:58:57 PM hitmonkey
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* '''Ellen Fanshaw''', the aging leading woman and Geoffrey's on-again-off-again love interest. If you take a shot every time she insincerely says "sorry," you'll be dead before the end of the episode. Played by Martha Burns.

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* '''Ellen Fanshaw''', the aging leading woman and Geoffrey's on-again-off-again love interest. If you take a shot every time she insincerely says "sorry," you'll be dead before the end of the first episode. Played by Martha Burns.
8th Feb '18 10:36:10 PM Mdumas43073
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''Slings and Arrows'' is a Canadian dark comedy about the New Burbage Festival, a thinly-veiled FictionalCounterpart of the Stratford Festival of Canada. It focuses on Geoffrey Tennant's return to the festival as artistic director upon the death of his estranged mentor, Oliver Welles (who immediately returns as a ghost visible only to Geoffrey). Each season is a StoryArc, focusing on Geoffrey's production of a great [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] tragedy: the first season does ''{{Hamlet}}'', the second ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' with a subplot about ''RomeoAndJuliet'', and the third ''Theatre/KingLear''.

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''Slings and & Arrows'' is a 200306 Canadian dark comedy about the New Burbage Festival, a thinly-veiled FictionalCounterpart of the Stratford Festival of Canada. It focuses on Geoffrey Tennant's return to the festival as artistic director upon the death of his estranged mentor, Oliver Welles (who immediately returns as a ghost visible only to Geoffrey).

Each season is a StoryArc, focusing on Geoffrey's production of a great [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] tragedy: the first season does ''{{Hamlet}}'', the second ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' with a subplot about ''RomeoAndJuliet'', and the third ''Theatre/KingLear''.



30th Nov '17 10:58:27 PM LaughingGiraffe
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** Darren Nichols will not let you forget that he was ''stabbed!''

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** Darren Nichols will not let you forget that he was ''stabbed!''''stabbed!''[[note]] Read: thwacked on the arm with a prop sword.[[/note]]
8th Nov '17 8:24:42 PM MisterDrBob2
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** Both seasons 1 and 3 involve productions of ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', season 1 following Oliver's lavishly produced but creatively dead production, and season 3 showing a glimpse of a nursing home production directed by Charles.
8th Nov '17 7:16:59 PM MisterDrBob2
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%%* DreamSequence

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%%* DreamSequence* DreamSequence: Richard has one toward the end of season 2 [[spoiler: that involves him being executed by Sanjay and one of the board members.]]



%%* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Richard in the last episode.]]

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%%* * FaceHeelTurn: After going back and forth for most of the series, [[spoiler:Richard settles on this in the last episode.]]



** To a lesser extent, Brian Cabot starts season 2 a self-satisfied, complacent actor who is all too happy to phone in the final performance of ''Hamlet.'' After being fired from the festival, and after his infinitely worse protege Henry Breedlove is introduced, Brian begins to see the value in Geoffrey's vision and encourages him to do what is necessary to realize his vision of ''Macbeth'' regardless of Henry's demands.



* IfItsYouItsOK: Patrick, for Sarah, although for Joanne Kelly, anyone'd switch their sexuality. The actors would be loth to admit it, but this subplot is a PlotParallel for Darren's [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]] gender-exploration production!

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* IfItsYouItsOK: Patrick, for Sarah, although for Joanne Kelly, anyone'd switch their sexuality. The actors would be loth loath to admit it, but this subplot is a PlotParallel for Darren's [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible incomprehensible]] gender-exploration production!



%%* ItsNotYouItsMe

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%%* ItsNotYouItsMe* ItsNotYouItsMe: Ellen tries using this on Sloan at the beginning of season 2.



%%* MayDecemberRomance: Ellen and Sloan.

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%%* * MayDecemberRomance: Ever since Geoffrey's mental break, Ellen has had a series of these in order to (in Oliver's words) "screw the years off." In season 1 we see one of these play out with her and Sloan.



* ThemeTuneCameo: Frank and Cyril perform "Call the Understudy" in the bar as the final scenes of season 2 play out, and a different song is used for the ending credits.



* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: The Minister of Culture sits in it for the opening night of ''Macbeth''.

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* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: The There's nothing wrong in theory with the Minister of Culture sits in it Culture's seat for the opening night of ''Macbeth''.''Macbeth'', but she has the misfortune of being behind a ''very'' tall goth.
28th Aug '17 2:16:59 PM pyroclastic
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* ProtestByObstruction: In the first episode, Geoffrey Tennant chains himself to his bankrupt Theatre Sans Argent. Oliver sees his protest on the news and calls him, setting in motion the events of the show.
11th Mar '17 4:03:02 PM nombretomado
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* DamningWithFaintPraise: Nahum's comment on Oliver's ''AMidsummerNightsDream'': "The production values are very high." We won't talk about the performances, the direction, or the design...

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* DamningWithFaintPraise: Nahum's comment on Oliver's ''AMidsummerNightsDream'': ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': "The production values are very high." We won't talk about the performances, the direction, or the design...
9th Feb '17 5:50:59 PM Gosicrystal
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* BetaCouple: One per season.

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* %%* BetaCouple: One per season.



* UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish: Frank and Cyril. "Fancy a pint, duckie?" (Remember that besides being ThoseTwoGuys, they have [[EarWorm the opening]] to themselves.)



* ButNowIMustGo: Oliver in the final episode.

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* ComedicSociopathy
* CorruptCorporateExecutive

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* CorruptCorporateExecutiveCorruptCorporateExecutive:



* DeadPersonConversation: Geoffrey and Oliver on a regular basis. In Season 3, [[spoiler:Charles joins in]].



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ellen's meetings with her tax auditor eventually morph into therapy sessions.



* DeadPersonConversation: Geoffrey and Oliver on a regular basis. In Season 3, [[spoiler:Charles joins in]].

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* DeadPersonConversation: Geoffrey and Oliver on DistinctionWithoutADifference: Lionel Train's attempt to get the actors to improvise a regular basis. In Season 3, [[spoiler:Charles joins in]].script for him.
-->'''Lionel''': You're paraphrasing. That's not what I want you to do. I want to tell the story as written, but in your own words. \\
'''Ellen''': That's what paraphrasing is.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ellen's meetings with her tax auditor eventually morph into therapy sessions.



* DreamSequence

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Richard in the last episode]].

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* %%* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Richard in the last episode]].episode.]]



* HowManyAllOfThem

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* %%* HowManyAllOfThem



* ItsNotYouItsMe

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* %%* ItsNotYouItsMe



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope

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* %%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope



* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Ellen.
* LoveTriangle: Several examples.

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* %%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Ellen.
* LoveTriangle: Several examples.%%* LoveTriangle



* MayDecemberRomance: Ellen and Sloan.

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* %%* MayDecemberRomance: Ellen and Sloan.



* NoExceptYes: Lionel Train's attempt to get the actors to improvise a script for him.
-->'''Lionel''': You're paraphrasing. That's not what I want you to do. I want to tell the story as written, but in your own words. \\
'''Ellen''': That's what paraphrasing is.



* OrphanedPunchline / NoodleIncident: Scenes are often opened at the end of what have clearly been long true-from-life accounts, just in time for the punchline. Breedlove is a [[RunningGag walking example]]; he is introduced finishing a story he's telling to a crowd, at the conclusion of which a fellow actor returns "with a fish," which he throws at a woman in the audience. Later a scene cuts to him saying, "I thought UsefulNotes/ThePope was a pretty good sport about it."

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* OrphanedPunchline / NoodleIncident: OrphanedPunchline: Scenes are often opened at the end of what have clearly been long true-from-life accounts, just in time for the punchline. Breedlove is a [[RunningGag walking example]]; he is introduced finishing a story he's telling to a crowd, at the conclusion of which a fellow actor returns "with a fish," which he throws at a woman in the audience. Later a scene cuts to him saying, "I thought UsefulNotes/ThePope was a pretty good sport about it."



* PutOnABus: At the beginning of the second season, Kate is Put On A Limo (To Hawaii).

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* PutOnABus: At the beginning of the second season, Kate is Put On A Limo (To (to Hawaii).



* SpiritAdvisor: Oliver.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A recurring motif.

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* UndeathAlwaysEnds

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* %%* UndeathAlwaysEnds



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
** Or the Theatre sans Argent? [[spoiler: After resigning from the company, Geoffrey mentions in his final "talk with Oliver" that he planned on starting it up again.]]
** Equally, what happens to May? [[spoiler: Is she dead or still in a coma or what?]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
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** Or the Theatre sans Argent? [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After resigning from the company, Geoffrey mentions in his final "talk with Oliver" that he planned on starting it up again.]]
** Equally, what What happens to May? [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is she dead or still in a coma or what?]]
7th Jan '17 10:12:07 AM nombretomado
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** [[LaurenceOlivier Oliver]] [[OrsonWelles Welles]].

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** [[LaurenceOlivier [[Creator/LaurenceOlivier Oliver]] [[OrsonWelles [[Creator/OrsonWelles Welles]].
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