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Drifting Tradition


Review by Jane Ledwell

As family farms have given way to factory farming, hedgerows on the Island have become more scarce. Not only has this taken away from the Island’s beauty, but loss of hedgerows has also led to loss of topsoil. In an evening of gentle songs and stories, the members of the performing group “Hedgerow” do their bit to prevent the drift and erosion of Island traditional

Gracie Amazes

Amazing Gracie

Review by Kumari Campbell

Homefree Productions’ 2004 summer season opened July 10 to an almost full house and the Island’s trademark standing ovation. On the boards was Amazing Gracie, their musical revue about 20th century British singer and comedienne Gracie Fields.

Island audiences accustomed to the zany antics of Nancy Beck and Pamela Campbell were not disappointed by the

Mature Content


Review by Jane Ledwell

A sign at the ticket desk for “Sketch-22” warns of “mature content.” The sign refers to the show’s racy elements—comedy that relies on swearing, violence, sex, or drugs. But “mature” can be understood more than one way…

If you are not easily offended, “Sketch-22” is hilarious. I wore myself out laughing. I was just disappointed that “Sketch-22” alienated part of

The Rocking Judge

Off Her Rocker

Review by Kumari Campbell

A new comedy by Nancy Beck premiered at the Georgetown Theatre. Off Her Rocker is about Prince Edward Island Supreme Court judge, Roberta Elvira Boyle (Bertie for short), who spends her spare time writing jingles. Beck plays the role of the eccentric judge.

By writing her jingles for local businesses, Bertie immediately scores points (and howls of laughter)

Two Tales

The Two Allans

Review by Kumari Campbell

On an unseasonably cold July evening The Two Allans warmed up a packed house at the St Peter’s Courthouse Theatre in ‘The Bay’ in Eastern Kings. Veteran performers Allan Rankin and Alan Buchanan rocked the rafters in the beautifully renovated Quigly Hall, which used to be one of Kings County’s five courthouses during the late nineteenth century.


In Perfect Harmony

Borealis String Quartet

Review by Patrick Ledwell

Johannes Goethe once observed, “I call architecture frozen music,” and in many ways, you can see the century-old St. Mary’s Church in Indian River as this metaphor made real. During the performance I attended, I could easily imagine my surroundings as the outcome of a musical moment crystallized and then scaffolded with wood, the melodic lines

Opening Night

Something Wonderful

Review by Andrew Sprague

There’s always something in the air on opening night at the Charlottetown Festival. Everyone’s dressed to the nines, smiles and handshakes abound, and the mood is one of excited anticipation; not just for the show, but also for the party afterward. From the moment you walk in the front door the energy in the room lifts your own. It’s an eclectic mix of

Cultural Alchemy

Acadie en Musique

Review by Patrick Ledwell

As a ship captain announces in an opening scene, the performance “Acadie en Musique,” playing throughout the summer at the Carrefour Theatre, is a voyage charged with an impossible mission. The show aspires to celebrate and somehow capture the soundtrack to 400 years of Acadian history, a task made no easier by the embarrassment of musical diversity that

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