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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

The Ladies Foursome

Reviewed by , January 26, 2015

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.

While we’re …

The Eyes of Heaven

Reviewed by , January 24, 2015

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 …