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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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Dancing Lessons

Essence of romance

Review by Ivy Wigmore

(Spoiler Alert)

It would be fair to say they got off on the wrong foot. Senga Quinn, played by Melissa Kramer, is in hiding from the aunt who raised her and also from a former fiance. Senga is a small-town girl who came to New York City to pursue a promising career in dance. As the play opens, we find her slumped on her couch, surrounded by the booze, pills
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The Four Tellers: The Last Laugh

Island laughs

Review by Christopher McGarry

Performed, written & directed by 
David Weale, Gary Evans, Alan Buchanan and Dennis King

Supported by
Rachel Beck and Bennett Buell (music)

The Show
Over the past four years, these well-known Islanders have made a considerable name for themselves on the local entertainment scene telling hilarious and sometimes sad stories about the rich heritage of
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Here's to 40!

Cake News

Review by Sean McQuaid  

Performed & Written by
Sherri-Lee Pike (Stephanie) 

Directed by
Alison Hart (also script editor)

Supported by
Brandon Roy (voice-overs/music director/voice coach), Adam MacGregor (lead guitarist) 

The Story
Repeatedly heartbroken romantic Stephanie reflects on life in general and her love life in particular as she prepares to celebrate her
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Anne & Gilbert—The Musical

Islander through and through

Review by Cassandra Bernard

Performed by
Rebecca Parent (Anne Shirley), Josh Wiles (Gilbert Blythe), Rebecca Griffin (Diana Barry), Cathy Grant (Marilla Cuthbert), Margot Sampson (Rachel Lynde), Melissa MacKenzie (Josie Pye/Sophmore), Aaron Crane (Moody MacPherson), Morgan Wagner (Philippa Gordon), Brandon Howard Roy (Royal Gardner), Mark Fraser (Mr.
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The Short & Long of It: A Summer Improv-aganza

Fireside Chatter

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Performed by
Sarah Brown, Jill Chandler, Patti Larsen, Kirstin Lund, Doris MacPhee, Nancy McLure, Caron Prins and Monica Rafuse (full disclosure: this reviewer’s sister — hey, it’s a small island); plus the godmother of PEI improv, Laurie Murphy, was a spur-of-the-moment special guest on June 8, a nifty surprise treat. 

The Story
What story? It’s
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Jesus Christ Superstar

Faithful and Fresh

Review by Sean McQuaid

In the beginning, lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber created the 1970 rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar. Strong album sales said: "Let there be a 1971 Broadway musical version." It was fruitful and multiplied, producing many revivals and adaptations both staged and filmed; and in its 47th year, director Adam Brazier remounted
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