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Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in <em>Jesus My Boy</em>. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario.   Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in Jesus My Boy. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Preview: "Jesus, My Boy"

Joseph, the often forgotten Jewish carpenter who becomes the father of Jesus in the Christmas story, gets his say in the production of Jesus, My Boy.

The one-man show opens tonight at St. Andrew's Church in Prescott, Ontario. Ian Farthing, artistic director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, stars as Joseph.

Farthing told Todd Moe that he first saw the production in London, and calls it the retelling of a familiar story with funny anecdotes and a "healthy dose of irreverance."  Go to full article

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Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in <i>At the Canoe Club Dance</i>. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario.  Photo: Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy as Bea Tompkins in At the Canoe Club Dance. The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Ourtown Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario. Photo: Deborah Dunleavy

Preview: "At the Canoe Club Dance" in Gananoque

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy tells us about creating and performing her one-woman show, "At the Canoe Club Dance". She collected stories from seniors about life along the St. Lawrence in the 1940's, and her show includes stories, songs and music from the Swing Era. It opens in Gananoque on Friday night.  Go to full article

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Readers, writers gather in Kingston, Ontario

NCPR is media sponsor for the Fifth Annual Kingston Writers Fest. The event kicks off Wednesday evening with featured speaker Margaret Atwood. Dozens of nationally and internationally known writers will be in Kingston for five days of events this week that will help them connect with readers. Artistic Director Marilyn Simonds told Todd Moe that the event will include book launches, readings and workshops for all ages and genres.  Go to full article
David Fox and R.H. Thomson play brothers Calum and Alexander in "No Great Mischief".  The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.  Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse
David Fox and R.H. Thomson play brothers Calum and Alexander in "No Great Mischief". The show opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse

Preview: "No Great Mischief"

Love, loss, family history and Scottish ancestry are at the heart of a play that opens Friday night in the Springer Theatre at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario. No Great Mischief is based on the novel by Alistair MacLeod. It's the story of two brothers, Calum and Alexander, who seek to reconcile their past.

Todd Moe spoke with Canadian actor R.H. Thomson, who plays Alexander MacDonald, in the show. He says it's a memory play that takes viewers from a squalid rooming house in Toronto to Cape Breton to the deep mines of Elliot Lake.  Go to full article

Books: "Insinuendo"

Miriam Clavir has spent her career as an art and artifacts conservator. Today, she works part-time in conservation and devotes the rest of her time to writing fiction. She spends part of the year on Garter Lake, north of Kingston, Ontario.

Last year, she published her first murder mystery and will talk about the book with readers at the Ogdensburg Public Library Tuesday at 4:30 pm. Todd Moe spoke with her about Insinuendo, which is set in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.  Go to full article

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