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August 2014
The Meaning of Storytelling
Story

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your aged analyst has a long history with David Weale productions, dating back to when the inimitable Ed Rashed and I briefly served as roadies for a touring production of Weale’s very first storytelling stage show, A Long Way from the Road. Our only remuneration was our supper and a lift back to Charlottetown, but we enjoyed the show—as did PEI audiences. Weale spent muc

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August 2014
Living a Legend
Living a Legend
The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your crusty chronicler admires the persistence of playwright David Scott. By his own account, Scott pestered Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors into helping him create a musical based on Connors’ life and music, wearing him down with a series of letters until the living legend acquiesced.

Five years of development later, The Ballad of Stompin’

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June 2014
Strip Mining
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Review by Sean McQuaid

There’s gold in them there strips. Comic strips, that is, your blathering blockhead being a lifelong lover of same. Blondie, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Garfield, Liberty Meadows, Little Nemo in Slumberland, Mickey Mouse, the Spirit and many more, this reviewer’s known and loved them all – but none more than Peanuts (1950

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June 2014
Religion Meets Science
Inherit the Wind

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your pseudo-simian scrutinizer is a religious man, albeit a deeply flawed specimen of same. Inherit the Wind is often called a tale of religion vs. science, but this reviewer prefers to think of it as religion meets science; not such a congenial collision as the chocolate and peanut butter in those old Reese candy ads, perhaps, but not an inevitable clash of

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January 2014
Haunted Holiday
A Christmas Carol

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your yuletide yammerer is a sucker for Christmas. In fact, if he has a happy place, it’s probably basking in the soft rainbow glow of a well-decorated Christmas tree, with the likes of Bing Crosby, Boney M or Vince Guaraldi waxing seasonal on the CD player as loved ones gather near. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Not surprisingly, this deep and abiding

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December 2013
Drawing Conclusions
Doubt

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your sedentary second-guesser has about as much sporting blood as the average garden gnome, but there’s something undeniably compelling about two great talents in any field squaring off against each other; and ACT’s new production of Doubt offers that in spades, with a couple of ace actors waging one of the stage’s best verbal tennis matches.

Winner of a Pulitzer,

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November 2013
Tennis, Anyone?
Doubt

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your sedentary second-guesser has about as much sporting blood as the average garden gnome, but there’s something undeniably compelling about two great talents in any field squaring off against each other; and ACT’s new production of Doubt offers that in spades, with a couple of ace actors waging one of the stage’s best verbal tennis matches.

Winner of a Pulitzer,

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September 2013
Quick Bright Things
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Review by Sean McQuaid

First and foremost, ACT’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is funny. In fact, it’s the second-funniest Shakespeare this reviewer has seen in recent memory, surpassed only by Joss Whedon’s delightful film version of Much Ado About Nothing – which made ye olde reviewer laugh harder and longer than he has in ages at anything, Shakespearean or otherwise

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August 2013
Quality Drama
Rondelay

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your puritanical prattler was shocked, shocked to find the picture postcard purity of North Rustico wantonly sullied by the summer sex romp known as Rondelay. Even more disturbingly, he rather liked it.

The scene of the orgiastic crime? The newly minted Watermark Theatre, which changed its name from the Montgomery Theatre around the same time this show’s previews opened. C

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August 2013
Humour and Heart
Anne & Gilbert, the Musical

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your shopworn showman was surprised to hear that Anne & Gilbert, the Musical was moving to Charlottetown, literally right across the street from ceaseless summer institution Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

It’s the ultimate (red)head-to-(red)head theatrical showdown. One can almost picture the two shows’ casts facing off in the street, men

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August 2013
Epic, Rich and Moving
Evangeline

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your Anglophone analyst feels conflicted about this review. First-person full disclosure: writing an article about the making of Evangeline in May led to my writing some paid promotional material for the Charlottetown Festival about the musical and its source material, so I have a professional link to this show.

The editor asked me to review it anyway, suggesting

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August 2013
Rustico Sunset
The Shore Field

Review by Sean McQuaid

The Watermark Theatre rounds out its 2013 summer season with the world premiere of a very new play (The Shore Field, written and directed by Watermark artistic director Duncan McIntosh), based on the story and characters of a very old play (The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s 1904 classic about social change in Russia).

McIntosh shifts the tale from 1904 Russia

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