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A Tasty Beginning

I'm Dining Out Here

by Andrew Sprague

Friday, November 14 my friend and I go to Off Broadway, where we are quickly greeted by the host. He shows us to our table, in Debbie's section, away from the kitchen. Richard MacEachern, makes his way past to fill our water and say hello. Great guy, great server as well. Then along comes Debbie. She greets us with a big smile. She looks radiant. I don't even


PEI Symphony Orchestra

Review by Anne Bergstrom

The opening concert of the PEI Symphony season brought out the George Gershwin fans to hear Island pianist Frances Gray playing Gershwin’s Concerto in F. The piece was enthusiastically received. The opening of the first movement Allegro seemed a little subdued, and the whole movement under tempo. I was trying to imagine myself in Carnegie Hall for

Baiting the Storyline

Fish or Cut Bait

Review by Patrick Ledwell

From the moment I stepped into the Victoria Playhouse to see Fish or Cut Bait, it was clear that a cultural motif was at work. Behind a frothy plywood sea swell, the set (another richly imagined staging from W. Scott MacConnell) featured a single, standard-issue palm tree that located me immediately on thematic ground.

Some of my favorite variations on



Review by Linda Wigmore

Enemies, a theatrical improv soap opera, at the Arts Guild, ran over three consecutive Mondays in August. Co-created and co-produced by Laurie Murphy and Jason Rogerson, Enemies had its first three-week run last year. Sean McQuaid directed both summers. I didn’t see Enemies last year, but there was so much buzz around the performance of Graham Putnam in the first


The Dennis Lee Project

Review by Jane Ledwell

There are few CDs I'm anticipating more excitedly than the second installment of Mike Ross's Dennis Lee Project. Since its launch, his first CD has been in heavy rotation at our house. We love it—classic melodies you can't help singing, a strong pop sensibility enriched with jazz, blues, and rock influences, and dazzlingly rich instrumentation, all

Islanders Ornery

Road to Charlottetown

Review by Jane Ledwell

I was too young to take in the first incarnation of Milton Acorn and Cedric Smith's Road to Charlottetown in the late seventies. But from what I know of its legend, this season's reanimation of the play at the Victoria Playhouse, directed by Cedric Smith, captures the spirit of those times and conjures the lyrical and ornery spirit of Milton Acorn.


A Free Gift


Review by Katy Pobjoy

Ogres. Witches. Magic. Is this just another fairy tale? No indeed! Arianna is not your typical fairy tale. The outdoor show, written by Thomas Morgan Jones, succeeded, not only in keeping the children's rapt attention, but in entertaining the adults and teens in the audience at the Confederation Centre Amphitheatre this summer. The latter found themselves impressed by

Before the Courts

Twelfth Night

Review by Michael Oliver

It is unfortunate that many people in the theatre believe they can improve the plays of Shakespeare through additions of their own devising. Such additions are supposed to be creative, but, in truth, they usually are nothing more than clever, and too often they are merely cute. This certainly was true about the local volunteer production of Twelfth Night that

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