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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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; […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Holiday Inn

Written on September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

A Strong Cast of True Triple Threats  Note: At Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend ~ Sept. 13 to Sept. 30, 2018. Hamilton Family Theatre, Cambridge ~ Nov. 22 to Dec. 30, 2018. Imagine a musical with the warmth of Christmas, the spring colours of Easter, and the fun of dancing turkeys at Thanksgiving!  Drayton’s Holiday Inn […]

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These are the Songs that I Sing When I’m Sad

Written on August 29th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

When Feeling Sad Feels Good     There’s an unusual little show playing at the Phillips Studio in Blyth, right across the intersection from the Festival theatre.  Singer Jane Miller wants you to come and actually enjoy an evening of sad songs. Entitled These are the Songs that I Sing When I’m Sad, the hour-long show […]

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Julius Caesar

Written on August 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Beware the Ides of March, or Julie, Don’t Go! Director Scott Wentworth has given us a new Julius Caesar for our consideration.  Stratford favourite Seana McKenna is taking on the male role, and certainly doing it justice.  Other women are also in the lead roles, playing the parts of men.  After the first few minutes, […]

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