Cruisin’ Classics

Written on June 30th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Nostalgia Trip Back to the Diner    A row of shiny, colourful automobiles was parked in front of Huron Country Playhouse on opening night of Cruisin’ Classics:  a 1960 Pontiac, a 1956 Chev, and a 50s DeSoto, among several others.  They were sitting there, gleaming in the sunshine, waiting to take patrons on a nostalgia […]

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Rocky Mountain High – The Songs of John Denver

Written on June 26th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Reliving 1974 with John Denver It’s rather amazing that the five performers on stage at Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia are singing and playing the wonderful songs of John Denver from 1974, and not one of them was alive then.  In fact, they were just small children when he died in 1997.  Yet they have perfectly captured […]

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Kings & Queens of Country

Written on June 18th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Yee Haw – Y’All Be Havin’ Lotsa Fun! It might feel like the Grand Ole Opry, but actually, you’ll be in the Grand Bend Opry.  In fact, you’ll travel through time to hear all the great country stars of the past and then magically hear the stars of the present singing your favourites, all the […]

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West Side Story ~ 2018

Written on June 9th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Romeo & Juliet set in 1957 New York    Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best known tragedies.  With that in mind, a creative team including the best in the business – Robbins, Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim – turned the plot into a musical for the 1950s.  But, both Romeo and Juliet and West […]

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The Pigeon King – 2018

Written on June 5th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

The Perils of Ponzi Pigeons A tale of deceit, cheating and greed. This fascinating plot is almost too good to be true.  And yet it is: in fact, the story of The Pigeon King is all true. This is the second time around for Blyth’s The Pigeon King.  The play was created over a year […]

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Shirley Valentine ~ 2018

Written on May 27th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Amazing One-Woman Show has Lots of Laughs    Shirley is trapped in a midlife crisis.  Her husband Joe is predictable and stubborn.  “Marriage is like the Middle East,” she says, “There’s no solution.  You keep your head down and hope the cease-fire holds.”  The Liverpool housewife is so lonely she talks to the wall, and […]

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Holiday Inn

Written on May 19th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

A Strong Cast of True Triple Threats    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 is an enchanting romp through the calendar with stops at all the major holidays for singing and dancing.  What’s not to like? Currently […]

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Chariots of Fire

Written on April 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Running for a Cause A true story of conviction and determination, Chariots of Fire, now on stage at London’s Grand Theatre, offers a fascinating look at a moment in history.  Set in the 1920s, it tells of two athletic runners in Britain, both with Olympic dreams.  Eric Liddell is a devout Christian from Scotland, who […]

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Fun Home

Written on April 19th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Putting the Fun in Funeral Home – Or Not    Fun Home, now on stage at the CAA Theatre in Toronto, has some really funny moments.  In one scene, three children, whose family operates a funeral home, create an advertisement to promote the business.  They climb in and out of a casket, dancing and singing […]

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The Glass Menagerie ~ 2018

Written on April 6th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Strong Cast Creates Poignant Dysfunctional Family Story The Glass Menagerie, the almost-autobiographical story of Tennessee Williams, is timeless.  First produced in 1944, it is set in the mid-1930s when Williams was a young man. This dysfunctional family story, now on the McManus stage at London’s Grand Theatre, transcends the decades. At first glance, it’s a […]

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