Shear Madness

Written on September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Whodunnit?  You Decide Shear Madness is sheer silliness.  It also tests each actor’s aptitude for improv.  Fortunately this cast, now on stage at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, is up to the task.  They must be ready for any scenario and any audience interruption.  They also have to handle any of their fellow cast-mates who may “corpse”.  […]

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East Coast Kitchen Party

Written on September 9th, 2018 | Posted in ArchivesPetrolia

Get Screeched in With Aunt Minnie and the Gang Never has an audience been more enthusiastic than they were on the opening night of East Coast Kitchen Party, now playing at Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia.  Resounding cheers are heard at the end of each song, and loud laughter rings out for each corny joke.  Resident Music […]

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Holiday Inn

Written on September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

A Strong Cast of True Triple Threats  Note: At Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend ~ Sept. 13 to Sept. 30, 2018. Hamilton Family Theatre, Cambridge ~ Nov. 22 to Dec. 30, 2018. 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 […]

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These are the Songs that I Sing When I’m Sad

Written on August 29th, 2018 | Posted in Archives

When Feeling Sad Feels Good     There’s an unusual little show playing at the Phillips Studio in Blyth, right across the intersection from the Festival theatre.  Singer Jane Miller wants you to come and actually enjoy an evening of sad songs. Entitled These are the Songs that I Sing When I’m Sad, the hour-long show […]

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Julius Caesar

Written on August 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Archives

Beware the Ides of March, or Julie, Don’t Go! Director Scott Wentworth has given us a new Julius Caesar for our consideration.  Stratford favourite Seana McKenna is taking on the male role, and certainly doing it justice.  Other women are also in the lead roles, playing the parts of men.  After the first few minutes, […]

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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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