As a longtime admirer of both literary icon William Shakespeare and accomplished funnyman Lorne Elliot, your crumbling chronicler was eager to sample Elliot’s new Shakespeare-inspired comedy despite its ominously hubristic title: A Better Play Than Hamlet.
Perhaps the most celebrated and highly anticipated read more ››
Island Fringe Festival: Ceilidh on the Coast and Hikari
Review by Sean McQuaid
Your torpid typist danced in his prehistoric preteen days. Trained in tap but lacking the terpsichorean drive to stick with it, I ultimately evolved into an eerily lifelike adult with the nimble grace of a woolly mammoth, post-tar pit. Retaining a fondness for footwork regardless, I was intrigued to see two different read more ››
Your weary wordsmith managed to see all eight Island Fringe Festival shows this year, but I only saw one of them twice: It’s a Spaceship Now, a delightful one-man comedy written by and starring Rhode Island performer Stuart Wilson.
It's a show with technical issues, in more ways than one. The play includes recorded read more ››
“You see how these letters enter my heart!” laughingly laments post-mistress Marie-Louise Faucon, played by Martha Irving. The one-woman musical The (Post) Mistress by Tomson Highway is playing at the Victoria Playhouse where the audience can, indeed, see precisely how letters enter the small-town Ontario postmistresses’ heart and life, in a visually and read more ››
The best Christmas present actor, director, and drama coach Martha Irving ever received was professional stage makeup from her parents. “It was a realization I came to at about 13 years of age, that all my thinking—how I processed the world—was through the eyes of an actor. So I just started to build my life toward that.” The makeup kit was a sign that her read more ››
On perfect summer days, of which there are many, we take our supper to the shore, sit on flat picnic rocks and eat uncomplicated meals made delicious by sun and surf. A towel must be spread to protect one’s bottom from barnacles that, on this rock, come in two sizes and colors: small white (about 2 mm diameter) and large amber (12 mm). The two groups keep read more ››
When I was invited to write a column about the cultural life of PEI, I was flattered but flummoxed. After all, what did I know about it? I sure as hell knew that what passed for culture Back of Cardigan, where I come from, was different from the “culture” performed, say, at the old Charlottetown Opera House by the likes of Madame Albani or E. Pauline “The Song read more ››
In just four years the East Pointers have become one of the busiest groups in Atlantic Canada and accumulated numerous awards and nominations. Islander Tim Chaisson plays fiddle, with his cousin Koady Chaisson on banjo and Ontario-native Jake Charron plays guitar.
As East Pointers the boys are busy enough, add each member’s other projects to the mix and there isn’t time read more ››