Some things are better with your girlfriends

Bard on the Beach being one of them.


Saw Falstaff with my most theatrical friend Katie, instead of my non-synopsis-reading husband. And had the best night ever.


Her favourite things about the play? Dean Paul Gibson, who played Falstaff, for one. “He was so on point with his comedy but also drew us in so well with his more dramatic speeches.” Such wise words from a theatre aficionado.

“And the barrels near the wine and beer,” she added, “Made me wish I lived on a winery in France.” That’s my girl.


My favourite things? The courtyard, the live music, the ambiance, the close-to-the-beach-ness. It’s such an amazing way to spend a midsummer’s night.


And Falstaff as a play is entertaining, accessible, and action-packed. In the photo above, Prince Hal (Alessandro Juliani), Bardolph (Bernard Cuffling), and Ned Poins (Kevin K. James) laugh with Falstaff (Dean Paul Gibson, centre). Shot by David Blue.


Wore a reworked vintage dress. (Remember this? Yeah, well, it was nothing a little tailoring couldn’t cure.)


Had it altered at Oakridge Tailors on Cambie. And now it’s perfect for events. Shakespearian and otherwise.


Earrings from Mexico.


Shoes are Marc by Marc Jacobs from Ogilvy in Montreal. Shoe shopping! Another thing that’s so much better with your girlfriends.

P.S. Want to support Cystic Fibrosis research? Watch this terribly embarrassing video by my lawn bowling team (so sorry I missed the recording). And pledge us here.

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  • Reply lisa July 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I read such an interesting article about Alessandro Juliani in the Georgia Straight one or two weeks ago and how he has the unique opportunity to play Prince Hal in Falstaff and Henry in Henry V, so he gets to portray this character as he grows and develops throughout both plays. But sometimes that requires him to perform for 6 hours straight when the plays are back-to-back. (Phew, I’m tired just thinking about it.)

    The boy and I might see Henry V if I can get around to planning it. He loves the “band of brothers” speech and the play’s military focus.

  • Reply Nicole July 27, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I have yet to watch a play at Bard, but I’m hoping to with ace sometime soon! We went to watch Othello last year and it was awesome, but we didn’t expect anything less. I love your Marc by Marc shoes, are they the jelly sandals that also come in the mustard/gold colour? Are they comfortable?

  • Reply Vinci July 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Oo! I’ve been looking for a tailor to take in my dresses :) Will check that place out.

  • Reply Gabriela Ciobanu August 22, 2010 at 4:09 am

    amazing shoes! love them!

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    Well, I don’t know if that’s going to work for me, but definitely worked for you! :) Excellent post!

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