Theatre

Shakespeare’s brief fling keeps audience on its feet

There’s no question Shakespeare in Love is a pleasantly playful romp but after 18 years it’s still a shock to grasp the reality that the film walked away with seven Oscars including its best picture triumph over Steven Spielberg’s far superior Saving Private Ryan.
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As You Like It down home on the Rock

As You Like It Stratford Festival 2016 Avon Theatre Written by William Shakespeare Adapted by Adrian Mitchell Directed by Jillian Keiley Approximate running time: 2 hours and 56 minutes (with one 20-minute interval) June 2-October 22 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca Upon learning imaginative director Jillian Keiley would be tackling the bard’s As You Like It, more than a Continue Reading

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Family fun in the magical snowy world of Narnia

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Stratford Festival 2016 Avon Theatre Written by C.S. Lewis Adapted by Adrian Mitchell Directed by Tim Carroll Approximate running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes (with one 20-minute interval) June 2-October 23 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca In an age where success in film and other entertainment venues is driven by computer Continue Reading

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All My Sons a riveting thoughtful production

All My Sons Stratford Festival 2016 Tom Patterson Theatre Written by Arthur Miller Directed by Martha Henry Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with intervals of 10 and 15 minutes) May 30-September 25 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca  It may take much of the play before the real meaning of All My Sons is finally revealed but Continue Reading

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A Chorus Line brings glamour, glitter and pure sweat to the Festival

A Chorus Line Stratford Festival 2016 Festival Theatre Written by Michael Bennett Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (with no intervals) May 31 -October 23 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca  You catch the first glimpse of dancers lining up for their big shot Continue Reading

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Murderously entertaining Macbeth opens Stratford

Macbeth Stratford Festival 2016 Festival Theatre Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Antoni Cimolino Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with one 20-minute interval) May 30-October 23 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca Director Antoni Cimolino clearly wanted to launch the Festival’s 2016 season in grand and innovative style boasting a theatric explosion of horrific sights and sounds, Continue Reading

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Daina Janitis reviews Wichita Lineman now playing at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre

There’s a wrenching moment in the film of Glen Campbell’s final tour …I’ll be me in which his daughter Ashley gently turns to him and says, “Dad- you just sang that one”. Glen shakes his head, looks back toward his teleprompter, and repeats the line he’s used in interviews: “If you do it perfect the first time, that’s the way Continue Reading

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Cheryl Jennings reviews Present Laughter

Present Laughter By Noel Coward Directed by Rob Coles Palace Theatre Noel Coward is known as a master of comedy. His plays reflect the high society that he frequented… a society that did not survive the Second World War. Present Laughter was written in 1939 and first staged in 1942 when that war was upon us. The title comes from Continue Reading

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Cheryl Jennings reviews I Take Your Hand In Mine

Like so many of the famous, we know their names… Anton Chekhov, the playwright, Konstantin Stanislavsky, the director and teacher of actors, but we rarely know the person. We can look up what the history books say, but, even that, gives us a distant glance at their lives. It is rare to have a chance of catching a glimpse behind Continue Reading

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Jay Menard reviews Heathers: The Musical

Heathers: The Musical Musical Theatre Productions Books, Music, and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe Based on the film by Daniel Waters Produced by Adam Zess Directed by Ian Bader Musical Director: Eric Charbonneau Choreographer: Lia Karidas Starring: Laura Martineau as Veronica Sawyer Stephan Ingram as J.D. Elena Reyes as Heather Chandler Run time: 2 hours, 20 minutes including Continue Reading

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