Gabs Sings Babs

Written on September 2nd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Gabi Finds Herself In true cabaret style, Gabi Epstein shares her life story with the audience and tells us why she has chosen the songs she sings in her one-woman show, Gabs Sings Babs.  We hear about her many auditions that didn’t result in success, and we hear of her successes, such as landing her […]

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Old Love

Written on August 28th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Another Norm Foster Love Story Just when you think playwright Norm Foster has covered every kind of love possible, he has another story to tell.  This time it’s a look at the aging process through the lens of rekindled romance.  Norm Foster is Canada’s most prolific comedy writer. Google tells me he’s written 60 plays […]

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The Great Cottage Catastrophe

Written on July 29th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Cottage Prices can be Murderous The prices keep going up on Kawartha cottages.  A cottage that was evaluated at only $195,000 three years ago is now listed at $3.25 million.  And of course, folks are lined up to present higher offers in the bidding war.  Sound familiar? I want to say the current comedy at […]

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Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story

Written on July 25th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Gripping Story Well Told The Festival Players of Prince Edward County’s location under the stars at The Eddie Hotel & Farm is in sharp contrast to the story being told.  While theatregoers sit in comfortable folding chairs in the open air on a grassy field with the sun setting behind them, Beneath Springhill leaves […]

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The Haunting of Perish Hall

Written on November 13th, 2020 | Posted in Archives

A Halloween Haunting Like a few other theatre companies, Tweed & Co. has decided to reach out to its audience with an audio play during these Covid-19 times. What better time than Halloween to make a ghostly audio play available? Trish Black, a member of Tweed & Co. plays herself in this production.  The story […]

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Yellow Bellies

Written on October 29th, 2020 | Posted in Archives

Making Sense of the Past: An Atypical World War II-Era Drama Yellow Bellies is a compelling three-part audio drama set during World War II featuring the experiences of Mennonite conscientious objectors and reactions from the community.  It is currently available online through Theatre of the Beat. We’ve all heard stories of war heroes who died […]

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The Grand Un-Opening Night

Written on October 23rd, 2020 | Posted in Archives

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow at the Grand Theatre The evening of October 23, 2020, would have been the grand opening of the 20-21 season, their fiftieth, at the Grand Theatre, London. Due to COVID-19, they’ve had to rebrand it as their intermission year. To celebrate this milestone, they’ve put their Grand Un-Opening Night online, […]

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On a First Name Basis

Written on August 29th, 2020 | Posted in Archives

Getting to Know You The Orillia Opera House’s Professional Theatre company will go down in history as the first theatre to reopen in Ontario after closing for the pandemic.  But lest you think the pandemic is over in Orillia and everything’s back to normal, you have another think coming. We followed all the face mask […]

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A Few Good Men

Written on March 8th, 2020 | Posted in Archives

Masterful Handling of the Truth Last summer, Drayton Entertainment brought us 12 Angry Men, a 1957 drama where jury members are trying to determine the truth.  This year, Drayton is presenting A Few Good Men, a 1986 courtroom drama, also seeking truth.    With 12 Angry Men, I said that director Marti Maraden deserved credit […]

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Honour Beat

Written on February 10th, 2020 | Posted in Archives

Indigenous Story of Life and Death Honour Beat, currently on the Spriet Stage at London’s Grand Theatre, shows some of the cultural differences between Indigenous people and settlers (and descendants) in Canada.  But more importantly, it shows how similar families are. Those who have held a vigil at the bedside of a dying parent will […]

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