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.)
On a cold January evening, it warms the soul to go into the Grand Theatre, see a play set on a sunny golf course, and enjoy some laugh-out-loud comedy. It’s Norm Foster’s latest play, The Ladies Foursome, and it includes Foster’s signature witty repartee along with his poignant moments and food for thought.
Oh, and as soon as I write the above sentence, it’s out of date. Foster has just written a newer play! As Canada’s most prolific (and funniest) playwright, he has written more than 50 plays, and on average, 150 of his plays are produced each year.
There are times when the truth may be out there, but getting people to believe it is another matter. This play illustrates that truth with a moving family drama about a girl with a seemingly impossible story and the darker truths that can keep the truth buried.
In Huron County, Eloise (Lila Ciesielski), a teenage girl of a widowed family, gets home late from a party and can only explain herself with a strange story that her mother, Glenn (Martha Zimmerman), refuses to believe. Things get worse when Christine (Aimee Adler), a young reporter, manipulates Eloise …
The first scene takes place in a waiting room. There are four chairs on one side and three panes of white walls to create the illusion of a room. Two canvasses with handwriting sit on the wall, and a coat hanger is in the middle of the room. The set design is malleable, and it is important in this play as places change frequently throughout and there is a lot of back-and-forth between the same places.
In the waiting room are three men sitting, looking anxious and uncomfortable. They have good reason to be, as it seems that gays are suffering from a rare illness. They are concerned about the epidemic.
Ned Weeks (Kyle Stewart), the main protagonist, is especially worried about it. Just as …
Fun for the kids, while Mom & Dad have some laughs, too!
The Grand Theatre is beautiful—from the plush red velvet seats to the ornate fresco of renaissance style painting richly gracing the elaborate proscenium arch. Culture and class have a home at the Grand. Theatre greats such …