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Stuff Happens – Royal Alexandra Theatre

By Dana Lacey

Photo of: Nigel Shawn Williams, Sarah Orenstein, Hardee Lineham and David Fox

Stuff Happens is great on paper. It’s a play written by David Hare in response to America’s war on Iraq, using a mix of different viewpoints, bits from real speeches, meetings and press conferences, as well as re-imagined private meetings between political heavyweights. It’s an homage to history, albeit a history so recent that it’s practically the present.

Originally released in 2004 to great reviews, Stuff Happens is back in Toronto just as another Middle Eastern war ramps up. The title was inspired by Donald Rumsfeld’s glib response to widespread looting in Baghdad: “Stuff happens and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” Continue reading Stuff Happens – Royal Alexandra Theatre