The Runner

Written on November 7th, 2019 | Posted in Archives

Compelling Presentation of Gut-Wrenching Story Set in Israel, The Runner is a fascinating story about a practice not familiar to most of us.  Not only does this play tell an unspeakable tale, it is presented by a brilliant actor who makes his character’s pain evident. Jacob is an orthodox Jew living in Israel where he […]

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This London Life

Written on October 24th, 2019 | Posted in Archives

No, I was born in London, Ontario, Canada There’s a comedy on stage at the Grand Theatre in London (make that London, Ontario Canada) called This London Life.  And no, it’s not about the insurance company that makes its home in the palatial, stately building with the lush green lawn around it on Dufferin Street […]

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Dracula – A Chamber Musical

Written on October 22nd, 2019 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Amazing Singers in the Haunting Story of Dracula Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia has built a reputation of gathering together excellent singers and creating very popular musical revues.  But with the opening of Dracula – A Chamber Musical, the cast now on stage is arguably the best singing voices ever heard in Petrolia.  The two Davids, […]

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Art – 2019

Written on October 7th, 2019 | Posted in Archives

Friendship and Opinion Art, currently on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, could simply be a play about art appreciation.  But in fact, it’s a play about disagreements among friends.  Must a difference of opinion mean the end of a friendship?  In today’s Trump era, it seems as if friendships come to an end if […]

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The Band’s Visit

Written on October 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Archives

A Gentle, Touching Story of What Might Have Been Normally we go to theatre to see heartwarming, uplifting stories that unfold before our eyes.  The Band’s Visit is a poignant tale, but it’s more about what might have been, than what we see happening on stage.  On Broadway, this show was nominated for 11 Tony […]

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Titanic – The Musical 2019

Written on September 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Archives

Students bring Energy and Emotion to Titanic When I first heard about Titanic – The Musical, I did not expect to like it.  After all, this is a story of a great tragedy – how could they turn it into a musical?  But to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the production I saw in Toronto […]

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Bed and Breakfast

Written on September 15th, 2019 | Posted in Archives

A Full Cast of Characters Delivered by Two There are many amazing things about Bed and Breakfast now on stage at Blyth Festival Theatre in Blyth.  First, it’s another hit by Mark Crawford.  Crawford is the playwright born and raised in the small town of Glencoe who has brought us the hilarious comedies Stag and Doe, […]

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Hogan’s Hoedown

Written on September 9th, 2019 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Yee Haw! Hogie takes the Stage   To the delight of the Petrolia audience, David Hogan owns the stage in the latest production Hogan’s Hoedown. Affectionately known as Hogie, he tells the audience that he spent over 32 years as an actor with several seasons at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.  For the last eight […]

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The Crucible

Written on August 21st, 2019 | Posted in Archives

The Crucible’s Message is Missed   Arthur Miller’s works may be having a little revival here in southwestern Ontario.  In 2016, Stratford Festival offered a brilliant production of All My Sons in the old Tom Patterson Theatre, a gut-wrenching lesson in greed.  In 2017, Drayton Entertainment produced an equally powerful Death of a Salesman at […]

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The Front Page

Written on August 21st, 2019 | Posted in Archives

Inside the Press Room at the Courthouse The more things change, the more they stay the same.  As we approach 2020, we are concerned about corrupt politicians and fake news.  About 100 years ago, it was the same – unethical politicians lining their pockets and sensationalized news. The Front Page, now on stage at the […]

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