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Run, Father, Run

Reviewed by , April 16, 2015

[Disclaimer: I read several drafts of this play in the London Playwrights Lab. I may have even performed one of the parts.]

From the poster, you could be forgiven for thinking that Lynda Martens’ Run, Father, Run is an indictment of the Catholic church. Instead, it’s a look behind the pulpit, and a story of a very human priest given a choice he never thought he’d have to make.

It’s an interesting casting choice to have married actors David and Aimee Adler play Father Will Vandoorne and choir leader Julie Trudell, but it works in many ways in this LCP production. From their awkward meet-cute—he’s an avid runner just returned from a run, dressed in appropriate garb—they play the relationship between priest and congregant, …

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, …