Assassinating Thomson

Written on September 16th, 2021 | Posted in Now Playing

A Relaxed Outdoor Theatre Experience First, a word about Blyth’s Harvest Stage: An open-air theatre, it is nestled in the back corner of the Blyth Fairgrounds, and the able-bodied walk down gravel pathways to the stage.  (Not to worry, it is accessible to all.)  There is plenty of fresh air and trees and sky.  People […]

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Songs We Love

Written on September 7th, 2021 | Posted in Now Playing

A Welcome Back Celebration Songs We Love – Favourites from Past (& Future VPP) Shows has something for everyone! Featured are performances from previous shows and upcoming shows, and the talent is top notch.  There’s truly a great variety, with samples of jazz, country, gospel, rock ‘n roll and more, even something from the Lion […]

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Chase the Ace

Written on August 25th, 2021 | Posted in Now Playing

Covid Comedy Covers Lost Love & Local Politics A broadcast journalist who had settled for a job as half the team on a radio morning show is suddenly forced out of that position. (You will have to see the play to find out why – no spoilers here.) Charlie King ends up as the manager, […]

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Shirley Valentine

Written on August 13th, 2021 | Posted in Now Playing

Funny and Touching Mid-Life Crisis Shirley is trapped in a midlife crisis.  Her husband Joe is predictable and stubborn.  “Marriage is like the Middle East,” she says, “There’s no solution.  You keep your head down and hope the cease-fire holds.”  The Liverpool housewife is so lonely she talks to the wall, and with the wall […]

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Leisa Way & The Great American Songbook

Written on July 19th, 2021 | Posted in Now Playing

Leisa Loves her Audiences Most performers thank their audiences and tell them how much they love them.  However, sometimes you get the feeling that their sincerity is questionable.  But not with Leisa Way. You know that Leisa just loves her audiences. You can feel it. So it’s no surprise that she is among the first […]

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Written on February 27th, 2020 | Posted in Now Playing

Closed due to pandemic. History Made Modern, Warts and All The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Politicians were ruthless, aggressively ambitious, lacking in morals, and eager to avenge petty jealousies in 1776. Unfortunately, many remain the same today.  Hamilton, now on stage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, is the popular […]

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If I Could #Throwback Time

Written on October 24th, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Closed due to pandemic. Throwback Time to the Days of Sketch Comedy If I Could #Throwback Time, which opened recently at Toronto’s Second City, starts with a plane ride taking the audience (and cast members) back in time, thanks to an attentive flight attendant.  The plane lands in a resort, where a man on vacation […]

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Girl from the North Country

Written on October 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Now Playing

Closed due to pandemic. Heartbreaking Stories Give New Life to Dylan’s Songs Note:  This show was reviewed in Toronto in 2019.  It went on to open on Broadway in March 2019.   Back in 2016, I was surprised when Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious […]

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Ain’t Too Proud – Now on Broadway

Written on October 18th, 2018 | Posted in Now Playing

Closed due to pandemic. The Life and Times of The Temptations  Please note:  This show was reviewed in Toronto in Fall 2018.  It opened on Broadway March 21, 2019 at the Imperial Theatre, with the same cast.    Those of us who grew up in southwestern Ontario within the airwaves of The Big 8 CKLW knew […]

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Come From Away ~ Toronto

Written on February 16th, 2018 | Posted in Now Playing

Closed due to pandemic. Take the Trip to Gander The 9/11 (or rather 9/12) Gander, Newfoundland musical Come From Away is back in Toronto.  If you missed it during its last stay, you had better order your tickets now, because upcoming dates will sell out quickly.  However, I predict that it will have a long […]

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