12 Angry Men

Written on July 21st, 2019 | Posted in Grand BendNow Playing

Superior Cast Provides Brilliant Acting In 1955, 12 Angry Men was first seen on stage.  Prior to that it was a television play, and then in 1957 it was made into the iconic movie starring Henry Fonda, E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman and other greats.  One might think that the material would be dated.  Sadly, […]

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Rocky: The Musical

Written on July 21st, 2019 | Posted in Grand BendNow Playing

Rocky, The Iconic Movie, is now a Musical Turning the old favourite movie Rocky into a musical?  A lot of people were shaking their heads.  It’s hard to picture Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa singing his heart out. Well, thank goodness it was Alex Kelly instead of Stallone in the iconic role.  Kelly not only […]

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Waitress

Written on July 11th, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Sugar, Butter, Flour and a Sweet Story Deliciously sweet, Waitress, now on stage at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, has all the ingredients of a romantic comedy.  Yet, by the time dessert comes around, the main character is single and strong, and that’s what makes this piece of pie special. Jenna is a waitress in a […]

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Newsies ~ 2019

Written on July 1st, 2019 | Posted in Grand BendNow Playing

Amazing Dance Will Blow You Away! For dance fans, Newsies is the ultimate show.  Based on the true story of the 1899 newsboys’ strike in New York City, Newsies was created first as a Disney movie in 1992, and then re-made for Broadway, winning the Tony for best choreography in 2012.  On stage at Huron […]

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Cakewalk

Written on June 30th, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Just “Desserts” in a Delicious Comedy Playwright Collen Curran first wrote Cakewalk for the Blyth Festival in 1984.  Then it made the rounds of area theatres, and I was fortunate enough to see it in 1985 at the old Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia.  So it was interesting to see its return 35 years later. I […]

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Brigadoon

Written on June 16th, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

There’s Still Magic in the Updated Brigadoon The Legend of Brigadoon lives on in the Shaw Festival’s current production.  Brigadoon retains its magic as the village in Scotland that disappears into the misty moors, and only reappears once every hundred years. The disappearing village is actually a German myth and originally the creators, Lerner and […]

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Jumbo

Written on June 16th, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

The Show Must Go On, Even When the Big Attraction Dies Taking their cue from the city of St. Thomas, the Blyth Festival is celebrating its 45th season with an unusual opener.  They are examining the death of Jumbo, the biggest circus elephant to ever live.  But he happened to die in St. Thomas, a […]

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The Merry Wives of Windsor – 2019

Written on June 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Are the Merry Wives the Real Housewives?    The Merry Wives of Windsor, currently on stage at Stratford’s Festival Theatre, takes us back to the good old days of the 1950s when kids played outdoors all day, Mom was always at home being a good wife, and Dad was the sensible bread winner.  You know, […]

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Little Shop of Horrors

Written on June 1st, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Little Shop of Horrors Provides More Laughs than Horror!   Following on the fantastic popularity of The Rocky Horror Show on the Avon stage last year, Stratford Festival plans to attract the same crowd with another horror musical.  They should be successful because this production of Little Shop of Horrors is presented with the same […]

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Private Lives – 2019

Written on May 31st, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Not-So-Private Love-Hate Relationship    Quick thrusts of witty dialogue and knock-down drag-out fights are the hallmarks of Private Lives.  Noel Coward’s 1930 epic battle-of-the-sexes has opened at the Avon Theatre as part of the Stratford Festival’s 2019 line-up. Elyot and Amanda were once married to each other, but when the show opens they have been […]

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