School of Rock

Written on December 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

In the Battle of the Bands, School of Rock is a Winner If you were a fan of the 2003 movie, School of Rock, you will love this musical adaptation.  Now on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, it has stayed true to the performance that made Jack Black a favourite.  Yes, there […]

Continue Reading



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Written on December 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Latest Roald Dahl Musical is More Frightening than Fun Matilda, the stage show based on the movie and taken from Roald Dahl’s book, was a big hit.  I enjoyed the dark humour which made Matilda funny when it was on stage in Toronto in the 2016 Mirvish presentation.  But that dark humour doesn’t translate well […]

Continue Reading



Timothy Findley’s The Wars

Written on October 30th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Canada’s Boys in World War I As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I – The Great War, The War to End All Wars, Timothy Findlay’s The Wars seems more poignant than ever.  Now on stage at London’s Grand Theatre, the play certainly reinforces the Remembrance Day message – Lest […]

Continue Reading



Ain’t Too Proud

Written on October 18th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

The Life and Times of The Temptations    Those of us who grew up in southwestern Ontario within the airwaves of The Big 8 CKLW knew The Temptations and every one of their songs.  While Berry Gordy’s Motown is credited with making them famous, the Canadian radio station and its millions of listeners on both […]

Continue Reading



Bat out of Hell

Written on October 18th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Big Music, Big Voices, Big Theatrics Note:  Bat out of Hell has returned to Toronto after its run here a year ago.  It will be at the Ed Mirvish Theatre October 16 to November 3, 2018.  Andrew Polec continues in the lead role, but some cast members have changed since this review was written in […]

Continue Reading



Man of La Mancha ~ 2018

Written on October 16th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

The Possible Dream The story of the Man of La Mancha is one of dreaming and then achieving the impossible dream.  The production now on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge is indeed a story of achievement.  Not only did Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment, envision and then build the theatre; […]

Continue Reading




Written on October 8th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

From the Big Screen to the Creative Stage    There was quite a bit of buzz surrounding Drayton Entertainment’s plan to host the Canadian premiere of Ghost.  How could you take the very popular 1990 movie with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg and attempt to reduce it for the stage?  That was the […]

Continue Reading



Prom Queen

Written on September 24th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Students Perform a True Life Student’s Story A real life story is brought to life on the Grand Theatre’s stage by the students of the High School Project.  It all seems very appropriate, since most of the show is set in a high school gym, and most of the roles are for high school students. […]

Continue Reading



Shear Madness

Written on September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Whodunnit?  You Decide Shear Madness is sheer silliness.  It also tests each actor’s aptitude for improv.  Fortunately this cast, now on stage at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, is up to the task.  They must be ready for any scenario and any audience interruption.  They also have to handle any of their fellow cast-mates who may “corpse”.  […]

Continue Reading



East Coast Kitchen Party

Written on September 9th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Get Screeched in With Aunt Minnie and the Gang Never has an audience been more enthusiastic than they were on the opening night of East Coast Kitchen Party, now playing at Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia.  Resounding cheers are heard at the end of each song, and loud laughter rings out for each corny joke.  Resident Music […]

Continue Reading