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They’re Found In Trees

 This Show is NOT For The Birds Reviewed by Sookie Mei It was a lively crowd at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre for opening night of They’re Found In Trees, written by “Canada’s most-produced playwright,” Norm Foster.  The audience was ready to be entertained, even cheering during the pre-show announcements by Artistic Director Liz Gilroy, and as the main event unfolded, they were not disappointed. The play is about two middle-aged bird watchers, William and Mitchell, who meet in a park every Saturday under the same tree to look for birds and talk about life.  The duo decides to add new members to their birding club, and when the single applicant, Paula, shows up, the stage is set for a new dynamic.  Will the addition of a new member, and a female at that, be a good thing, or cause strife in the club, or possibly lead to romantic entanglements?  Foster sets up the situation nicely, and keeps us guessing about the outcome until the show’s end. I was pleasantly surprised by the resolution, having been shown over the years how these plots typically work, and especially in a Norm Foster comedy.  I won’t spoil it, but suffice it to say the narrative plays out in an interesting and novel way. The acting is superb by all three players.  Joshua Brown in particular portrays curmudgeonly William with pitch-perfect cadence and timing, showing us both his contrary ways and his soft side.  There is nice development of his character by both playwright and actor throughout the show, and Browne gives William a wonderful final moment. Andy Pogson as Mitchell is a delight, with wide eyes and engaging facial expressions, and some hilarious physical comedy that elicits prolonged belly laughs.  His blank look when having trouble with basic math is comedy gold.  ...
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Mary's Musings

This Day in Sports

What? Audience Participation is Welcome? by Mary Alderson When I go to the theatre, I want the audience to be quiet. No talking, no loud whispering, no phones buzzing. The great musical theatre star Patti LuPone has actually halted Broadway shows when audience members were making noise, calling them out for their lack of theatre etiquette. But I have just heard that there will be a show upcoming at the Globus near Bobcaygeon, where audience participation is encouraged. Sure, the Globus is famous for their murder mysteries where the actors visit the theatre-goers at their dinner tables and chat with them, but this is different. For Father’s Day Weekend, the Globus is presenting something new. On stage will be the creators of a popular podcast called This Day in Sports, Sandy Jobin-Bevin, Matt Kippen, and Mike Shara. They will be recording their usual podcast, but it will be in front of a live audience and they will be looking for audience members to respond. So, just to be clear, they haven’t turned their podcast into a play; the theatre audience will be part of a real podcast which will be aired sometime in the future. The trio have been doing This Day in Sports for about a year and a half. Shara, a self-admitted sports trivia nerd, picks a date in history and researches obscure, interesting and preferably funny sports facts. Then the three discuss the various topics, and invite guests to join them. It can be any sport – maybe hockey or baseball, the ones we Canadians know lots about, or it could be another less popular sport, and they will do their best to educate the listeners. And here’s why this podcast is working: These guys are funny! And they know funny! Sandy Jobin-Bevans has a history with ...
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