first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Written by Jez Butterworth. Directed by Mitchell Cushman. Until March 10 at Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave. OutsidetheMarch.ca or 647-341-7390In 2009, Jez Butterworth created another icon of English folklore.Johnny “Rooster” Byron is Shakespeare’s lush Falstaff or faerie Puck, J.M. Barrie’s eternal boy Peter Pan, the noble and reclusive Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, any unwitting man who came face to face with a giant, and more. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Kim Coates as Rooster Byron, who goes from oddball eccentric with a drug and drinking problem to something more mysterious, magical and frightening in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. (DAHLIA KATZ) He is both an amalgamation of the mythical English men who came before him and a man made purely in the present.  READ MOREReview: Play Jerusalem triumphs as pure theatre of the kind we rarely seeJohnny (Rooster) Byron is an ex-daredevil drug dealer who sells cocaine to teenagers and parties with them at his trailer in the woods on the edge of a fictional town in the English county of Wiltshire. A modern-day Falstaff, he’s the unlikely hero of playwright Jez Butterworth’s profane and problematic Jerusalem – an exploration of the place of English identity in an increasingly bureaucratic and homogenous world, now getting a raging Toronto premiere directed by Mitchell Cushman.This sprawling Broadway and West End drama needs a star at its centre to work – and Kim Coates, the Saskatoon-born actor best known for his work on the FX show Sons of Anarchy, is taking on the challenging role here after a 25-year absence from the stage.This type of casting always rolls my eyes, but Coates quickly shows he hasn’t lost his live-performing chops in the decades since he got rave reviews as the psychopathic Roma in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Stratford Festival back in 1986.  READ MORElast_img

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