• List of Sites that Review Theatre in Ontario Canada

    List of Sites that Review Theatre in Ontario Canada You don’t have to take my word for it. I often find myself in a minority when it comes to opinions on plays and films, for reasons that are more fully explained on the About This Site page. It’s a phenomenon nicely summed up in the […]

  • Have Pot, Will Cook: Cannabis Cooking at Stratford Chefs School

    Have Pot, Will Cook: Cannabis Cooking at Stratford Chefs School

    Have Pot, Will Cook: Cannabis Cooking at Stratford Chefs School Shakespeare isn’t the only thing in Stratford that can transport you to another time and place. Now that cannabis (a.k.a. pot, grass, weed) is legal in Canada, some visitors may be tempted to visit one of a number of perfectly legal cannabis stores in Stratford. […]

  • Stratford Announces 2023 Season

    Stratford Announces 2023 Season Somewhat later than used to be the case, the Stratford Festival has announced its 2023 season, with four plays by The Bard. Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino likes to build each season around a central theme. Reflecting on the toll taken by the recent pandemic and the memories of a previous plague […]

  • Shaw Announces 2023 Season

    Shaw Announces 2023 Season The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, has announced an ambitious 17-play 2023 season and it looks promising. The Shaw’s 2023 season will kick off with a two-part, six-hour updating of the Sanskrit epic The Mahabarata, featuring an all South Asian cast. It will run for just four weeks, from late February […]

  • Long Wharf Theatre, Meet The Blyth Festival

    Long Wharf Theatre, Meet The Blyth Festival

    (Image: Monica Silvestre) Long Wharf Theatre, Meet The Blyth Festival Jesse Green’s recent article in the New York Times about ending racism in theatre kicks off with a discussion of changes at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre  If you are not up to speed on Long Wharf’s current situation, Green’s article will fill you in. […]

  • Mamma Mia! Returns To Drayton

    Mamma Mia! Returns To Drayton

    (Image: Drayton Entertainment) Mamma Mia! Returns To Drayton Good news for Mamma Mia! fans. Drayton Entertainment is bringing back its sold-out summer hit to the St Jacobs Playhouse for a limited run, November 1 to 20, 2022. Whether you have seen every iteration of this quintessential juke box musical or, like me, have been avoiding […]

  • Why Drayton Is Important

    Why Drayton Is Important

    Why Drayton Is Important I had been coming to Canada for several years, sampling the theatrical riches of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, before I discovered the Blyth Festival and added it to my theatre-going repertoire. It was several more years before I discovered the archipelago of theatres operated by Drayton Entertainment. What the hell […]

  • Shakespeare On Stage Book Launch

    Shakespeare On Stage Book Launch

    Shakespeare On Stage This evening (June 15), I will be attending the book launch for Shakespeare On Stage and Off, a collection of essays on the Bard, at the Stratford Festival’s Meighen Forum in the new Tom Patterson Theatre. So curiosity took me to the book’s Amazon page where the Look Inside The Book feature […]

  • Programs or Programmes

    Programs or Programmes

    My ever so polite “rant” about programme policies at Ontario theatres has been posted at Stratford Festival Reviews. I encourage you to not only read it but to share your thoughts in the comments. Not mentioned in the article is the fact that the minuscule Foster Festival, which one might assume is the most impecunious […]

  • The Woman Behind ‘Chicago’. No, Not Donna Feore

    The Woman Behind ‘Chicago’. No, Not Donna Feore

    Maurine Watkins, The Woman Behind ‘Chicago’ My article about Maurine Watkins, the woman who wrote the “blasphemous” play, Chicago, in 1926 has been posted on the Stratford Festival Reviews website. I hope you’ll give it a read. It’s a fascinating story, if I do say so myself. And I do! If you’d like to delve […]

  • The Complete Wingfield Farms

    The Complete Wingfield Farms

    The Complete Wingfield Farms Cycle at Stratford-Perth Museum In what some aficionados will no doubt consider the theatrical event of the season, the Stratford-Perth Museum will be presenting the entire Wingfield Farms canon, all seven plays, starring Rod Beattie, on seven consecutive Sundays from July 3 to August 14. The shows will be presented at […]

  • Donna Feore Has Competition

    Donna Feore Has Competition As we await the reviews for the Stratford Festival’s production of Donna Feore’s Chicago, there’s this . . .

  • Ship To Shaw

    Ship To Shaw

    Ship To Shaw – Robinsong B&B It was no big secret that prices in the hospitality industry were on the rise after two and a half years of pandemic. Even so, the cost of lodging in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s posh bed and breakfast establishments came as something of a shock. Even nearby motels boasted Ritz-like price tags. […]

  • Using ArriveCan, Your Entry to Canada

    Using ArriveCan, Your Entry to Canada

    Using ArriveCan, Your Entry Into Canada Using ArriveCan, the Canadian phone app that “facilitates’ (if that’s the right word) entry into the Great North is mandatory. At least for now. Entry requirements for border crossings are in a constant state of flux and have been for a while. If you find using ArriveCan confusing and […]