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Dream a Little Dream

Reviewed by , March 22, 2015

Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Denny Doherty, one of the “Papas” in The Mamas and The Papas, wrote the musical Dream a Little Dream — The nearly true story of The Mamas and The Papas. Well, folks, if this is “nearly” true, I don’t think I want to see the complete truth, because this version is pretty raw. There’s a lot of alcohol and drug abuse, free love and broken hearts.

As well as showing us the seedy side of stardom, this is …

Perfect Pie

Reviewed by , March 13, 2015

While watching Western University’s Arts and Humanities Student Council’s production of Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie (that’s a mouthful!) I had a distinct feeling that the Patsy character could have come from the small rural community where I grew up. Thompson’s play is set in 1990s Marmora, Ontario (population 1483) and director Jonas Trottier is from northern Ontario, so that’s certainly no coincidence; I suspect anyone with a similar background will have a similar sensation.

Of the Thompson plays I’ve seen or read, Perfect Pie features the most personally relatable characters. (And, to be honest, likeable.) Patsy and Francesca are childhood friends who grew distant, triggered by …

Jersey Boys

By , February 12, 2015

Jersey Boys

Oh What a Night!

Having seen the Toronto production of Jersey Boys three times (touring cast, Canadian cast and once more for fun), I was a little worried that the current production at Budweiser Gardens wouldn’t live up to my memories.

No worries, this is such a strong cast that you forget you’re in an arena with a scaled down touring set. If you want to see this lively show that took the Tony award for the best musical …

Buying the Moose

Reviewed by , February 5, 2015

Why buy the moose when you can get the milk for free?

Initially written for the London Playwrights Lab’s Secret Lives of a Sex Doll challenge, London playwright Michael Wilmot’s Buying the Moose has graduated to a full two-act play that is, fittingly, receiving two debuts this week. Based on this evening’s preview, Dubuque, Iowa’s Bell Tower Theater will have its work cut out to match London Community Players’ crack at the script.

After Frank Sinatra’s Love and Marriage led up to an inauspicious start—a computer glitch requiring a complete reset of the lighting system—Buying the Moose redeemed itself quickly. In a sitcom-style teaser scene, the strains of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers reveal Rob (Johnny Bobesich) awkwardly canoodling with an inflatable doll. Naturally, …

The 2014 Brickenden Awards

By , January 26, 2015

Catharine Brickenden

The winners of the 2014 Brickenden Awards for Theatrical Excellence in London were announced at the Wolf Performance Hall tonight in a ceremony hosted by Harry Edison and Matt Loop. Celebrating the 2014 theatre season, the awards recognized productions and performances in sixteen different categories. (The outstanding ensemble performance, introduced last year, was retired, and there was an insufficient number of solo performances to award that category.)

The 2014 winners were:

Outstanding Drama
A Few Good Men, By the Book Theatre
Outstanding Comedy
Noises Off, London Community Players
Outstanding Musical
Evil Dead: The Musical, Iglesia Productions
Chris Doty Award (previously announced)
London Community Players
Outstanding Youth Drama
The Great Gatsby, Beal Drama
Outstanding Youth Musical
The Music Man, Beal Musical