Blind Date

Written on February 17th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Meeting a Clown on a Blind Date    Fans of improv will love Blind Date, currently on stage at London’s Grand Theatre.  Actually, the creator and star, Rebecca Northan, is quite clear:  it’s not improvisation, it’s spontaneous theatre.  She arrives with no script, but a plan, and works from there. Northan stars as Mimi who […]

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Silence ~ Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell

Written on January 28th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

A Love Story in Noisy Silence    The fascinating story of love between Mabel Hubbard and her famous husband, Alexander Graham Bell, is now on stage at London’s Grand Theatre.  A charming tale, the play reveals the love between Bell and Mabel, his profoundly deaf student.  Bell, an elocution teacher, is hired by Mabel’s parents […]

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Written on December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Ugly Duckling makes a Cute Musical    A sweet musical, now on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, takes Hans Christian Andersen’s fable of the Ugly Duckling and turns it into a song and dance story, complete with an anti-bullying message. Like the fairy tale plot, a big egg appears in Mrs. Duck’s nest.  A […]

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A Christmas Carol – 2017

Written on December 6th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas Past    A miserable, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is on stage at London’s Grand Theatre for the Christmas season.  Benedict Campbell’s portrayal of Scrooge is perfection, right from his first cantankerous moment, through to his redemption, and then his joy in finding the spirit of Christmas. By his own admission, […]

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A Christmas Carol ~ With a Scrooge Loose

Written on December 5th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

A Christmas Panto About Christmas!      Note: extended to January 5, 2018 Ross Petty has created a 21 year tradition with his annual Christmas panto.  His productions typically take a well-known fairy tale and turn it into a panto with the villain being loudly booed, and children participating on stage.  But this year for the […]

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Bat out of Hell

Written on November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Big Music, Big Voices, Big Theatrics A full-sized car rolls off the stage into the orchestra pit, a motorcycle explodes, and fire blazes high in the air. But the special effects pale in comparison to the amazing voices in Bat out of Hell, now on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. This show […]

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Grease – 2017

Written on November 15th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Grease hasn’t aged well    If you are of a certain age, you probably loved Grease when the movie came out in 1978.  Better yet, maybe you had a chance to see the stage version after it opened on Broadway in 1972.  I was lucky enough to see both the movie and the Broadway tour […]

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Death of a Salesman

Written on October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

The Tragic Death of a Salesman Brilliantly Performed At intermission, the comments from audience members around me were “This isn’t what I expected.”  But by the conclusion of Death of a Salesman, the comments had changed to quietly whispered words like “oh” or “wow”. Brilliant playwright Arthur Miller’s tragedy, Death of a Salesman, is now […]

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Written on October 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Archives

A Sad Love Story Sweetened with Song The show, Once, is not a musical: it’s actually a play that includes music. But the music is woven throughout this heartwarming story, making this show such a wonderful experience.  Now on stage at London’s Grand Theatre, Once involves the audience, and then gives them a look into […]

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Rock of Ages 2017

Written on October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Eighties Rock ‘n’ Roll Anthems are not Hymns    Artistic Director Alex Mustakas is worried about Drayton Entertainment’s production of Rock of Ages, on stage now at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge.  He is concerned it will offend subscribers:  they may not be the right demographic.  So there are warnings attached:  the website says “Caution: […]

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