Colours in the Storm

Written on April 28th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Tom Thomson: The Art and the Mystery    I love to hear Canadian stories and Colours in the Storm is a captivating story, because it is about a fascinating figure, Tom Thomson. He is, of course, famous for his art.  His paintings of Algonquin Park are recognized as Canada’s best.  He directly influenced other painters […]

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The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Written on March 27th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Joey Smallwood’s Newfoundland or Old Lost Land?     I really enjoyed the novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams when it came out in 1999.  Author Wayne Johnston tells the story of Joey Smallwood and how he gained enough power to bring Newfoundland into Canada in 1949, becoming its first premier.  The book includes the fictional […]

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Mrs Henderson Presents

Written on March 19th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

History Lesson, Laughs, and Nudity     Based on a true story dating back to World War II, Mrs Henderson Presents, now on stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, is a musical of irreverent fun set against the horrors of war.  This musical follows on the 2006 movie of the same name, starring the […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Written on March 6th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

This Joseph is Faster and Funnier   I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – it’s been very popular with both regional theatre and community theatre ever since Donnie Osmond played the title role in Toronto.  The production of this audience favourite, now on stage at the Dunfield Theatre […]

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Written on February 27th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

In the Eyes of the Beholder    What is art?  I regularly take our dog on walks to a parkette where we pass a big round metal ball, probably as high as I am, painted black.  I don’t let the dog lift his leg as we go by, because the plaque next to it indicates […]

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Saturday Night Fever

Written on February 11th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

All the Dance Moves and Angst   If you were 20ish in 1977, no doubt the songs of the BeeGees are burned into your mind. You likely saw Saturday Night Fever on a movie date.  And those feelings of nostalgia account for the popularity of the musical Saturday Night Fever. Disco favourites like the BeeGees’ […]

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The Audience

Written on February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

The Queen and her Prime Ministers: Fiction or Fact? The Audience is a fascinating play about the weekly meetings Queen Elizabeth has had with the various prime ministers since her coronation.  Of course, anything said in these weekly “audiences” between these two leaders of Great Britain is held in strict confidence, so we have no […]

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The Lion in Winter

Written on January 21st, 2017 | Posted in Archives

The Long and The Short of It By guest reviewer Megan Moorhouse The Lion in Winter, like so many classic plays, is probably still more well-known as a movie.  The 1968 film version famously earned the inimitable Katherine Hepburn an Academy Award for Best Actress, starred Peter O’Toole, and featured Sir Anthony Hopkins in an […]

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A Christmas Carol – 2016

Written on December 15th, 2016 | Posted in Archives

Bah, Humbug?    Upstairs at London’s Grand Theatre, the Wizard of Oz is a humbug.  Downstairs in the McManus Studio Theatre, we can hear Scrooge saying “Bah, humbug” but his alter-ego, Rob Beattie is not a humbug.  Beattie is the real deal when it comes to acting all the roles in the classic A Christmas […]

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The Wizard of Oz – 2016

Written on November 26th, 2016 | Posted in Archives

There’s No Place Like Home London’s Grand Theatre, apparently, has a plan to produce Wizard of Oz every seven years.  It was their Christmas musical in 2002 and again in 2009.  As former Artistic Director Susan Ferley pointed out, seven years is a lifetime for their target audience. And so, for the third time in […]

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