Rockabilly Swingtime

Written on September 17th, 2017 | Posted in Now PlayingPetrolia

Lively, High Energy Mix of Entertainment We’re not sure if Rockabilly Swingtime is really the right name for the musical revue currently on stage at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.  In fact, it would be more aptly called “A Catch-All of our Favourite Lively Tunes” or something to that effect.  Nevertheless, it offers a very entertaining collage […]

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Beauty and the Beast – 2017

Written on August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Enchanting Disney Favourite for a New Generation    Note:  This production of Beauty and the Beast was reviewed at Huron Country Playhouse.  It has closed there, but will re-open on stage in Cambridge Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.  When the animated version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast hit the big screen in 1991, many […]

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The Pigeon King

Written on August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

The Perils of Ponzi Pigeons I remember getting a chain letter in the mail when I was 8 or 10 years old.  I had to send a small gift (it had to fit in an envelope) to the girl at the top of the list, send the letter to six friends, and then I would […]

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Million Dollar Quartet

Written on July 25th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Note:  This show was reviewed at  Huron Country Playhouse.  After also running on stage at the  Drayton Festival Theatre August 9 to September 2, 2017, it is moving to Toronto.   This production will be onstage at the Panasonic Theatre, Toronto, Dec. 12, 2017 to Jan. 7,  2018.  For more information, go to www.Mirvish.com   […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Written on July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Chilina Kennedy is Beautiful in the Carole King Musical Note:  Beautiful is now closed in Toronto.  Chilina Kennedy has returned to this role on Broadway at the Stephempn Sondheim Theatre, with a different cast. It is indeed a beautiful story – it’s a journey through life while building confidence.   Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, […]

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1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

Written on June 26th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Ontario’s Not-so-Proud History Brought to Light     Here in the province of Ontario – formerly known as Upper Canada – we are pretty proud of our past.  We are blessed with the beautiful Great Lakes and green, lush, countryside, a healthy mix of agriculture and industry, and for the most part, good government. But it […]

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Saint Joan

Written on June 26th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Hero to Villain to Martyr    When Joan of Arc leads the French into battle, she is victorious.  But she is seen as a heretic and a threat to the court who must be destroyed. Later she is found innocent and much later, she is canonized   Shaw’s very moving play, Saint Joan, is now on […]

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Me and My Girl

Written on June 26th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

Another Song & Dance Take on the Pygmalion Story Shaw’s Pygmalion – the story of the Cockney flower girl who passed for a member of the upper class, thanks to speech lessons – was fashioned into the musical My Fair Lady and again into the 1990 movie Pretty Woman.  But Me and My Girl gives […]

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Treasure Island

Written on June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

The Kids will Love this Treasure    This year’s Schulich Children’s Play is a new rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.  In fact, the Stratford Festival commissioned Nicolas Billon to create this adaptation of the familiar story.  Treasure Island made its recent world première at the Avon Theatre. Billon’s version is strictly for the […]

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Timon of Athens

Written on June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Now Playing

False Friends and Foes    Last year, we saw Joseph Ziegler own the stage at the Tom Patterson Theatre as Joe Keller in All My Sons, in a heart wrenching story that led to his character’s ruination.  This year, Ziegler is again commanding that same stage in Shakespearean tragedy that similarly ends in his destruction. […]

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