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Arcadia

Reviewed by , February 5, 2016

The past and one’s interpretation of it can be two completely different things. Unfortunately, this play is a wildly uneven production with one half being witty and engaging while the other is slower and more difficult for the unprepared, until they come together for a sharing of dramatic strengths.

In a British country estate in 1809, Septimus Hodge (Matthew Stewart) is the tutor to the precocious girl, Thomasina Coverly (Emma Ratcliffe), even as his own extracurricular activities with his lordship’s wife threaten him. In modern times, …

The 2015 Brickenden Awards

By , January 25, 2016

Catharine Brickenden

The winners of the 2015 Brickenden Awards for Theatrical Excellence in London were announced at the Wolf Performance Hall on Monday night in a ceremony hosted by Rod Keith and Matt Loop. Celebrating the 2015 theatre season, the awards recognized productions and performances in a variety of different categories. New this year were awards for outstanding youth actors.

The winners were:

Outstanding Female Actor – Youth
Nadine Cruz, “Ti Moune”, Once On This Island (Original Kids Theatre Company)
Outstanding Male Actor – Youth
Ben Kopp, “Macbeth”, Macbeth (A. B. Lucas Secondary School)
Outstanding Comedy Production
Steel Magnolias (London Community Players)
Outstanding Lighting Design
Stephen Mitchell, Of Mice and Men (By the Book Theatre)
Outstanding Sound Design
Michael James Brown, The Rocky Horror Show (Pacheco Theatre)

Fly Me to the Moon

Reviewed by , January 17, 2016

The Life of a Personal Support Worker

Personal Support Workers are unsung, underpaid heroes. They look after the elderly, allowing them to stay in their homes and avoid nursing homes. The comedy, Fly Me to the Moon, currently on stage at the Grand Theatre, is a something of a tribute to those workers.

On the other hand, it isn’t an all-fun-and-games comedy. It also has a dark side, with a look at the seedier life of a PSW.

Francis Shields and Loretta Mackie are two workers, looking after an elderly gentleman who is a big Sinatra fan. Unfortunately, after Francis helps him …

Three Viewings

Reviewed by , January 8, 2016

However much you want to ignore it or welcome it, death is the moment that will likely shake up all around you—and especially yourself. This play is a powerful collection of dramatic monologues that become more enthralling with each well-played story.

In Tell Tale, Emil (Rob Faust) is a funeral director who can’t bring himself to confess his love openly to his dream love, a realtor who always comes to his funeral home. The Thief of Tears has Mac (Kathleen Morrison), a high class coffin robber with her own secret reasons for this life of crime. Finally, there is Thirteen Things About Ed

The Trials of Robin Hood

Reviewed by , December 4, 2015

Robin Hood is a seminal legend in our culture, thus the subject of many a parody. Unfortunately, while this play’s attempt at that kind of humour that can be entertaining for some, others used to similar parodies will have …