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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Oh, and as soon as I write the above sentence, it’s out of date.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 …

The Normal Heart

Reviewed by , January 17, 2015

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 …

Shrek: The Musical

Reviewed by , December 2, 2014

Reviewed by Mary Alderson

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 …