Portia

Written on August 21st, 2017 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Three Fascinating Stories plus Amazing Voices    There are three true stories being told on stage at Victoria Playhouse that we all need to hear.  As well, there are amazing voices singing with such beauty that it will do your heart good to hear. The story of Canada’s first black singing star, Portia White, is […]

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Ipperwash

Written on August 21st, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Ipperwash: A Haunting Stony Point Story    Taking on sensitive issues is not new for the Blyth Festival. The world premiere of Ipperwash, which is now in repertoire on their main stage, could be a very controversial story.  But playwrights Falen Johnson and Jessica Carmichael have presented an interesting look at land appropriation, using the […]

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One for the Pot

Written on August 21st, 2017 | Posted in Archives

One for the Pot AKA The Eddie Glen Show   For fans of British farce, One for the Pot has it all: slamming doors, look-alike characters, mistaken identities, a silly plot and lots of laughs. This ridiculous farce has the audience hooting heartily, and is on stage at Playhouse II in Grand Bend, for the […]

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Folks Like Us ~ A Folk Music Celebration

Written on August 9th, 2017 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Walking Down Memory Lane The history of folk music is on stage at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, with five incredible singers who are creating a flood of nostalgia for those of a certain age. For Folks Like Us, the back of the stage is decorated with black and white photos of the greats in Canadian […]

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Lucky Stiff

Written on July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Note: This show was reviewed at Playhouse II, Grand Bend.  It is now on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, August 9 to 27, 2017.  A Stellar Cast Makes This Musical    Lucky Stiff is an interesting little musical, first produced Off-Broadway in 1988, and based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank […]

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Happy Together 1967

Written on July 10th, 2017 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Celebrating 50 Year Old Songs     Happy Together 1967, now on stage at Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia, is like jumping in a time machine and travelling back 50 years.  This musical revue offers about 58 different songs – rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, show tunes, movie sound tracks – all from the year 1967. A cast […]

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The Berlin Blues

Written on July 10th, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Turning the Rez into an Amusement Park Germans are fascinated with the Indigenous people of Canada.  I learned this several years ago, when chatting with an acquaintance originally from Germany.  He told me that he came to Canada as a child. A friendly immigration officer asked him what he wanted to do, now that he […]

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All Shook Up 2017

Written on July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

All Shook Up: Funny, Corny, but with a Great Message    Put Elvis’ music together with the plot of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Then add a message about diversity that we need to hear right now.  Love is love is love, no matter the race or sexual orientation. That message comes wrapped in a wonderful package […]

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Jonas & Barry in the Home

Written on July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Better than a Hip Replacement    Another great Norm Foster comedy is on stage at Playhouse II in Grand Bend.  Foster, as I have often explained before, is Canada’s most prolific playwright.  His specialty is witty quips and clever conversation with recognizable characters creating plenty of laughs.  His latest Drayton Entertainment offering, Jonas & Barry […]

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Mr. New Year’s Eve: A Night with Guy Lombardo

Written on July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Archives

Play Something Scottish My parents were big fans of Guy Lombardo.  They lived in St. Thomas when they were dating in the 1930s and would go dancing at the Stork Club in Port Stanley to the Lombardo brothers’ sounds – “The Sweetest Music this Side of Heaven”.  My mother even had a record album – […]

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