Napoli Milionaria!

Written on August 20th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Italy, World War II and the Black Market    Stratford Festival has billed Napoli Milionaria! as “a sparkling and warm-hearted comedy”, but the description needs to be more specific.  Perhaps Act I is a comedy, but I still wouldn’t describe it as “sparkling”.  And Act II and Act III are not comedies.  The story turns […]

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The Power of Song

Written on August 19th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Powerful Voices and Powerful Music    Billed as The Power of Song, but subtitled “Broadway * Pop * Classical”, the musical revue now on stage at Petrolia’s Victoria Playhouse quickly revealed the reason for the subtitle.  The three stars each fall into one of those categories – David Rogers, as all loyal Victoria Playhouse fans […]

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The Birds and The Bees ~ Playhouse II, 2018

Written on August 17th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Sexy After Sixty? Want a fun night out for you and your 60-plus friends?  Go to Playhouse II in Grand Bend where The Birds and The Bees is now on stage.  The laughs come one right after another in this comedy that explains sex for the somewhat older crowd. I can’t reveal too much of […]

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The Little Mermaid ~ 2018

Written on August 14th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesGrand Bend

Under the Sea, Darling it’s Better, Down where it’s Wetter…    Huron Country Playhouse was packed with little girls wearing fish tails and glitter, and little boys all dressed up for the opening of The Little Mermaid.  This favourite Disney classic will sell out, and I predict Grandmas and Moms will be scrambling for tickets.  […]

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Wing Night at The Boot

Written on August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

When Local Lore Meets Local History   Gil Garratt tells us that interviews were conducted to collect the local legends about Blyth’s favourite watering hole, The Boot.  He claims the names were changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.   But throughout the audience on opening night, there was laughter of recognition, and the type […]

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Hairspray – 2018

Written on August 9th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Integrating Baltimore   Note:  This production was originally reviewed at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge.  It is now on stage at the King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene, August 9 to September 1. Last year on TV, I heard a Trump supporter yelling the slogan “Make America Great Again”, and a reporter asking him “When was […]

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Jonas & Barry in the Home

Written on August 9th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Better than a Hip Replacement    Note: This play was originally reviewed at Playhouse II in 2017.  It is now playing at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge August 9 to August 26, 2018. Another great Norm Foster comedy is on stage at Playhouse II in Grand Bend.  Foster, as I have often explained before, […]

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1837: The Farmers’ Revolt – Blyth 2018

Written on August 5th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

A Comedic Trip into History with a Sobering Conclusion Blyth Festival Artistic Director Gil Garrett brings the play 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt home to the theatre where it was born.  Yet this is the first time it’s actually been performed on this stage for an audience.  What a special homecoming. 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt was […]

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Out of Order

Written on July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Hilarious British Farce Highlights Political Scandal Note:  This play was originally reviewed at Playhouse II, Grand Bend.  It is now on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, August 15 to September 1. Remember the good, old days when the whiff of a sex scandal would force a philandering politician to resign immediately?  Nowadays, even a […]

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The Andrews Brothers

Written on July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Talented Cast makes up for Thin Plot After various musical revues at Victoria Playhouse, I was looking forward to seeing an actual musical with a plot.  But The Andrews Brothers, currently on stage, is more of a revue than an actual musical.  There is a plot, but it is pretty thin. Peggy Jones is excited […]

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