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ACT Audition Notice

ACT (a community theatre) will stage 12 Angry Women in the round at four Island venues April 26–Ma [ ... ]

Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee

Time to Step Up A pinning bee to prepare ribbons and cards for the 2018-2019 Purple Ribbon Campaign [ ... ]

Dial “M” for Murder

Intriguing

Review by Jane Ledwell

Regular readers of my reviews over the years here will know that my partner is, uh, a reluctant theatre-goer, so it is a testament to the consistent quality of the Watermark Theatre’s productions that he suggests we go there at least once a summer. This year his pick was Dial “M” for Murder. Reader, he was not disappointed.

Frederick Knott’s 1952 play (the basis
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Dot and Ada Plan a Wedding!

A zany pair

Review by Chris McGarry

If you’re in the mood for a goofy, laugh-a-minute comedy, check this out.

Performed by
Sheryll O’Hanley (Dot), Claudette Anderson (Ada), Ian Byrne (Frank), Bethany Parkhouse (Molly), and Paul Hopkins (Josh)

Written and direction by
Jonah Anderson

Lighting by
Maureen O’Reilly 

The Show
They’re back! The hilarious duo Dot and Ada — who had audiences rolling in
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A Moon for the Misbegotten

Bittersweet beauty

Review by Sean McQuaid 

The gaps in your scattershot scribbler’s education are both a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse in the sense that there are plenty of literary classics I just haven’t gotten around to yet — too busy watching Doctor Who or hunting Black Lightning back issues or some such thing (and no regrets on either count) — but a blessing in the sense that even
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised)

Bard Medicine 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Performed by
Kassinda Bulger, Benton Hartley and Jay Nicholson 

Directed by
Laura K. Bird 

The Story
Authors Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield packed all of Shakespeare’s plays (or assorted distorted fragments of same) into one show in 1987. Later revisions by the authors, plus tweaks and improvisations by Bird and her cast help
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Atlantic Blue

East Coast icons

Review by Andrew Sprague

Performed by
Tara MacLean, Cynthia MacLeod, Todd MacLean, Deryl Gallant, and Jon Matthews with cameo appearances by Dennis Ellsworth, Danny Costain, and three step dancers.

Written and Directed by 
Tara MacLean

With contributions from
A cast of local theatre and music heavyweights including Adam Brazier, Duncan McIntosh and David Cyrus MacDonald.

The
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If It’s Alright With You — The Life and Music of My Father, Gene MacLellan

Love lives on

Review by Doug Gallant

Performed by
Catherine MacLellan

Written by
Catherine MacLellan, John Connolly and Bob Mersereau. Show consultant, Bob Mersereau

Supported by
Chris Gauthier (guitar/vocals/musical director), Kim Dunn (keyboards/vocals), Remi Arsenault (bass/guitar/vocals), Matt Bridges (drums/vocals), Don Chapman (sound), Alex Pickles (lights & projection), Ashley Cameron
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On the Road with Dutch Mason

The real deal

Review by Doug Gallant 

In 2003 I traveled to Halifax to see Dutch Mason play.

I’d seen him play many times, had several of his records and felt he knew the blues better than almost anyone I had ever heard.

So I was shocked when he came on stage in a wheelchair.

He could no longer play guitar, couldn’t even hold a microphone. Chronic arthritis had taken a heavy toll on the man
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Ghost Light

Bright light

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Performed & Written by
Shawn Wright 

Directed by
Thomas Morgan Jones

Supported by
Erika Morey (stage manager) 

Produced by
Charlottetown Festival with Theatre New Brunswick

The Story
Shawn Wright grew up in a big Catholic family in small-town New Brunswick, raised by his father “Lefty” Wright and his mother Regina, whose colourful personality
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Some Upcoming Events

Trailside Café 2018

Select dates Trailside Café  Dylan Menzie
November 10 From Belle River PEI, Dylan Menzie rel [ ... ]

Symons Lecture

Dr. Margaret MacMillan is 2018 medal recipient and lecturer November 23
Homburg Theatre Confederati [ ... ]

Moving East tour

Jimmy Rankin at Harbourfront Theatre and Trailside Café November 22 & 23  Jimmy Rankin [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

A gift of Island poetry: Chris Bailey

Curated by Deirdre Kessler Things My Buddy Said Oh, brother, growing up I’d get into trouble
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A passion for cinema

Laurent Gariépy is screening the classics at City Cinema by Dave Stewart Anyone checking out City [ ... ]

Acadian showman

Profile: Christian Gallant by Jane Ledwell Forty-six musicians and step dancers took the stage at  [ ... ]