Boom (2022)

Written on March 11th, 2022 | Posted in Archives

Time Travel through the Baby Boom Years (Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation) Reviewed by Mary Alderson Boom is the story of the baby boomer generation, as seen through the eyes of three individuals. The amazing Rick Miller performs those three parts and many more, while covering the political and cultural history from 1945 to 1969. If […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – 2021

Written on December 6th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Reviewed by Mary Alderson Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice put together their concept of a rock opera based on the end of Jesus’ life as we know it from the New Testament Gospels. That was actually more than 50 years ago. They were unable to convince any producers to put […]

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Miracle on Queen Street

Written on December 4th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Hybrid Comedy is a Christmas Miracle Reviewed by Mary Alderson What do you get when you cross Whose Line is it Anyway with The Second City? Well, you end up with a Christmas miracle happening on Port Hope’s Queen Street. In lieu of a Christmas panto this year, The Capitol Theatre has opted for a […]

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Back Home for the Holidays

Written on December 4th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Nostalgia Tied with a Bow Reviewed by Vicki Stokes Disclosure: I willingly admit that all the elements I love are present in this show: cheery Christmas carols, show tunes, glitter, gowns and live music, but I will do my best to be unbiased. Back Home for the Holidays is an energizing trip down memory lane […]

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A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Written on December 3rd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Walk Back in Time with Patsy Cline Reviewed by Vicki Stokes You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy the music of Patsy Cline.  Her bright, lively songs crossed over onto pop music charts and she had that special charisma that got people talking about her.  Drayton’s first show after a […]

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Forgiven/Forgotten

Written on December 1st, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Bringing Restorative Justice into Focus Reviewed by Vicki Stokes Before learning of this play, I wasn’t aware of Restorative Justice Week, held on the third week of November in Canada.  Now I realize how much restorative justice touches us all: in the news, in our lives, in our families.  Its exploration falls under the mission […]

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Starbright Christmas 2021

Written on November 24th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Christmas Begins with Starbright Reviewed by Vicki Stokes VPP’s Starbright Christmas is today’s equivalent of the Sear’s Christmas Wishbook for bringing on the Christmas spirit.  Now in its seventeenth year, and a staple at the VPP since 2012, this show has the magic formula of talent, music and an ideal white Christmas set.  The tree […]

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Holiday Inn

Written on November 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Fun for All Seasons Reviewed by Mary Alderson Imagine a musical with the warmth of Christmas, the spring colours of Easter, and the fun of dancing turkeys at Thanksgiving!  The Shaw Festival’s Holiday Inn is an enchanting romp through the calendar with stops at all the major holidays for singing and dancing. What’s not to like? […]

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A Christmas Carol

Written on November 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Scrooge’s Story: Humorous and Heartwarming Reviewed by Mary Alderson Maybe you’re thinking “ho-hum, A Christmas Carol again.” I’m sure we have all seen it so many times – including all the movie versions and every theatres’ productions.  It’s a great story, but do we need to see it again? You know the Shaw Festival’s A […]

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Every Brilliant Thing

Written on October 23rd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Reviewed by Mary Alderson Mental Health Story told with Warmth Note: This review contains spoilers.  It’s difficult subject matter – depression and suicide. It’s certainly not funny. And yet, the audience is laughing as we watch the story of boy whose mother tries to take her own life and eventually does.  And guess who creates the laughter […]

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