Serving Elizabeth

Written on October 13th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Reviewed by Mary Alderson Viewing History Through a Different Lens Serving Elizabeth, now on stage at the Thousand Island Playhouse in Gananoque, gives us an interesting look at a moment in history. Those of us who are descendants of Great Britain have been taught history from textbooks created by settlers for settlers. We know little […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Written on September 20th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Local Talent in an Oscar Wilde Favourite Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895.  Even though the play is 126 years old, the humour and absurd circumstances still stand up.  Even though the play was shortened for this production, the original language was kept.  However, the cast wears modern clothing which supports […]

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Assassinating Thomson

Written on September 16th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Relaxed Outdoor Theatre Experience First, a word about Blyth’s Harvest Stage: An open-air theatre, it is nestled in the back corner of the Blyth Fairgrounds, and the able-bodied walk down gravel pathways to the stage.  (Not to worry, it is accessible to all.)  There is plenty of fresh air and trees and sky.  People […]

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Songs We Love

Written on September 7th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Welcome Back Celebration Songs We Love – Favourites from Past (& Future VPP) Shows has something for everyone! Featured are performances from previous shows and upcoming shows, and the talent is top notch.  There’s truly a great variety, with samples of jazz, country, gospel, rock ‘n roll and more, even something from the Lion […]

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Gabs Sings Babs

Written on September 2nd, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Gabi Finds Herself In true cabaret style, Gabi Epstein shares her life story with the audience and tells us why she has chosen the songs she sings in her one-woman show, Gabs Sings Babs.  We hear about her many auditions that didn’t result in success, and we hear of her successes, such as landing her […]

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Old Love

Written on August 28th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Another Norm Foster Love Story Just when you think playwright Norm Foster has covered every kind of love possible, he has another story to tell.  This time it’s a look at the aging process through the lens of rekindled romance.  Norm Foster is Canada’s most prolific comedy writer. Google tells me he’s written 60 plays […]

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Chase the Ace

Written on August 25th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Covid Comedy Covers Lost Love & Local Politics A broadcast journalist who had settled for a job as half the team on a radio morning show is suddenly forced out of that position. (You will have to see the play to find out why – no spoilers here.) Charlie King ends up as the manager, […]

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Shirley Valentine

Written on August 13th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Funny and Touching Mid-Life Crisis 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 with the wall […]

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The Great Cottage Catastrophe

Written on July 29th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

Cottage Prices can be Murderous The prices keep going up on Kawartha cottages.  A cottage that was evaluated at only $195,000 three years ago is now listed at $3.25 million.  And of course, folks are lined up to present higher offers in the bidding war.  Sound familiar? I want to say the current comedy at […]

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Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story

Written on July 25th, 2021 | Posted in Archives

A Gripping Story Well Told The Festival Players of Prince Edward County’s location under the stars at The Eddie Hotel & Farm is in sharp contrast to the story being told.  While theatregoers sit in comfortable folding chairs in the open air on a grassy field with the sun setting behind them, Beneath Springhill leaves […]

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