Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pirates of Penzance

Aiden, age 5, described the play as “awesome.” He wiggled and whispered a bit, but overall seemed caught up in the action particularly when the pirates were centre stage. He was less enthused about the maidens. I agree with his … Continue reading

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Thanks to the Stratford Festival, I am developing a passion for Greek tragedy. This production of Elektra, starring Yanna MacIntosh in the title role and Seana McKenna as Clytemnestra, definitely added to my enthusiasm. The director of this production, Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in Graham Abbey, Seana McKenna, Stratford 2012, Yanna McIntosh | 1 Comment


The key thing to remember about this is that it is the one where he plane crashes into the conservatory!  And in this production it does so with great style to reveal Tara Rosling as Lina Szczepanowska. Thom Marriott, sporting … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Sanders, Jeff Meadows, Krista Colosimo, Shaw 2012, Tara Rosling, Thom Marriott | 1 Comment

The Millionairess

We have seen at least two previous productions of this Shaw play and enjoyed them all. This year’s version is certainly one of the best. Nicole Underhay is wonderful in Shaw’s opinionated, glamourous and determined heroine roles. There was not … Continue reading

Posted in Kevin Bundy, Kevin Hanchard, Nicole Underhay, Robin Evan Willis, Shaw 2012, Steven Sutcliffe | 1 Comment

Come Back Little Sheba

The Shaw Festival has done acclaimed productions of work by William Inge in the past, including Bus Stop and Picnic, but we have missed seeing them for some reason. Come Back Little Sheba  was our first exposure to this American … Continue reading

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Hedda Gabler

Is this a feminist dramatic manifesto, or the story of a bored housewife who incites suicide to cure her boredom? I think the first time I saw this play, nearly forty years ago, I would have taken the feminist manifesto … Continue reading

Posted in Claire Julien, Gray Powell, Jim Mezon, Moya O'Connell, Patrick McManus, Shaw 2012 | 1 Comment

A Word or Two

Christopher Plummer chats at the audience, occasionally reciting or declaiming or performing as the mood strikes. It was fun to see a great actor, but it is not a play and not a great evening. If I had driven all … Continue reading

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