The Little Mermaid ~ 2018

Written on August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Grand BendNow Playing

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 Now Playing

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 Now Playing

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 Now Playing

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 Now Playing

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 Now Playing

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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Cruisin’ Classics

Written on June 30th, 2018 | Posted in Grand BendNow Playing

Nostalgia Trip Back to the Diner    Note:  This show was originally reviewed at Huron Country Playhouse.  It is now playing at Drayton Festival Theatre August 22 to September 1, 2018. A row of shiny, colourful automobiles was parked in front of Huron Country Playhouse on opening night of Cruisin’ Classics:  a 1960 Pontiac, a […]

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Coriolanus ~ 2018

Written on June 27th, 2018 | Posted in Now Playing

Amazing Modernization of Coriolanus   Stratford Festival is making Shakespeare “woke”.  If the goal of a Shakespearean festival is to get young people interested in the Bard, this production of Coriolanus should do it, if anything will.  (Just to get all my readers woke – it means to suddenly become understanding and aware of something […]

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The New Canadian Curling Club

Written on June 25th, 2018 | Posted in Now Playing

Hurry Hard to See Mark Crawford’s Newest Comedy The Scots invented curling one day when they got bored and started sliding rocks across a frozen pond.  Then, a rock-sliding Scot immigrated to Canada, and soon white Canadians of British descent perfected the sport of curling.  They reluctantly invited white European immigrants to join them.  And […]

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The Tempest ~ 2018

Written on June 25th, 2018 | Posted in Now Playing

Martha Henry is Spellbinding as Prospero    There is magic when Prospero raises her staff on the Festival Stage in Stratford in The Tempest.  Martha Henry in the iconic role of Prospero conjures the magic and holds our attention for over two and a half hours. Where was the magic back on May 28, The […]

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