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Connie Meng's reviews of Canadian productions now appear also on the Capital Critics Circle site in Ottawa.

Theatre Calendar

7/11-8/3 Come Blow Your Horn, ClassicTheatre Festival, Perth, ON
7/11-8/16 The Tempest, St, Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, ON
7/15-8/16 The Two Gentleman of Verona, St, Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, ON
7/17-10/11 Lake Effect, Lake George Dinner Theatre
7/24-8/2 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls
7/25-8/23 The Importance of Being Earnest, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, ON
7/30-8/9 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Colchester, VT
7/31-8/18 Harvey, Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake
8/1-8/17 Greater Tuna, Depot Theatre, Westport
8/8-8/31 Dial M for Murder, ClassicTheatre Festival, Perth, ON
8/15-9/20 TheUgly One, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, ON
8/22-8/81 Pete 'n' Keeley, Depot Theatre, Westport
8/28-9/20 Death of a Salesman, Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake
8/29-9/20 Waiting for the Parade, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, ON

Jul 30, 2014 — In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
Jul 24, 2014 — Rita Moreno is the only Latina to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. In this encore conversation, host Michel Martin speaks to her about the highlights and challenges of her long career.
Jul 21, 2014 — The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration.

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Alison Deon as Gwendolen  Photo: Jay Kopenski
Alison Deon as Gwendolen Photo: Jay Kopenski

Theatre Review: "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Oscar Wilde, (1854-1900), had a diverse literary output, but his greatest talent was writing a series of popular comedies. "The Importance of Being Earnest" appeared in 1895 and has retained its popularity ever since.  Go to full article
Warren Bain as Caliban & Nathan Carroll as Stephano.  Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Theatre Review: "The Tempest" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

It's generally agreed by scholars that "The Tempest" is Shakespeare's last play. One can see the play as Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre, particularly Prospero's famous speech that begins "Our revels now are ended."  Go to full article
Ellie Mae Casselman as Crabbe the dog & Kerry Ann Doherty as Launce.  Photo: Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's season this summer features "The Tempest" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" as well as a Sunday afternoon series of smaller productions and solo pieces.

The outdoor venue overlooking the St. Lawrence River is perfect for a summer afternoon or evening. In the adjacent park there are also picnic tables for those who want to make a day of it.  Go to full article
Tiffan Borelli, Paul Binotto, Erik Keiser, Maggie Politi  Photo: Bonnie Brewer

Theatre Review: "My Way" at the Depot Theatre in Westport

"My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" is a lively journey through the Sinatra song-book. It runs at the Depot Theatre overlooking Lake Champlain in Westport NY...  Go to full article
Julia Mackey as Jake  Photo: Tim Matheson

Theatre Review: "Jake's Gift" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

For more than 6 years, actor/playwright Julia Mackey has been traveling across Canada to perform "Jake's Gift." Most recently the show was translated and Julia learned...  Go to full article
Alison MacDonald as Amalia. Photo: Jay Kopinski

Theatre Review: "She Loves Me" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

This too often neglected romantic musical comedy sparkles at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. It runs through July 29.  Go to full article
Tyler Nye and Burdette Parks  Photo: Bonnie Brewer

Theatre Review: "Red" at Pendragon Theatre

Playwright John Logan was awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for "Red," his play about Rothko, when it appeared on Broadway. Mark...  Go to full article
Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates  Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Burden of Self Awareness" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

George F. Walker, Canada's multiple award-winning master of dark comedy, has written a new play. It's "The Burden of Self Awareness," currently running at GCTC in Ottawa...  Go to full article
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy.  Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse

Theatre Review: "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. "Driving Miss Daisy" won two of the three - the Oscar and the...  Go to full article
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette  Photo: Peter Bromley

Theatre Review: "Oil and Water" at the National Arts Centre

"Oil and Water," produced by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, a company located in St. John's, is closing out the season of the NAC English Theatre. It runs through May 31...  Go to full article

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