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Theatre Festival 2018

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A packed house

PEI Symphony Orchestra with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Review by Ivy Wigmore

Sold out! Those are the words you want to hear about the first performance of a symphony orchestra’s 50th season—unless, of course, you were trying to get last-minute tickets for the PEISO’s October 15 concert, Beethoven ‘Eroica’ & Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, presented under the direction of conductor Mark
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Tragicomedy

A Misfortune 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

The Charlottetown Festival takes a lot of guff from critics about artistic integrity, cultural nationalism and such whenever they stage yet another recycled American jukebox musical (like the admittedly entertaining confection Million Dollar Quartet); but in the spirit of fair play, we grumpy media types should also take note when the Festival
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Grappling Schnook

The Wrestling Play

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Island audiences tend to give standing ovations to just about everything, regardless of the quality of the play or the performance. I’ve seen standing ovations for merely good shows, okay shows, even downright crummy shows, as if PEI stood for “Proclaims Excellence Indiscriminately.” 

These vertical ovationists presumably mean well, but the
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Just the Way It Is

He Said, She Said 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

There’s an old saw about writing what you know, and young local thespian Rory Starkman definitely walks that talk as the author/director/star of Just the Way It Is, one of the more intriguing entries in 2017’s Island Fringe Festival. 

A self-described “non-binary” person who identifies as neither male nor female, Starkman plays Maddox, who
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Tickling Ivories

Perk up, pianist!

Review by Sean McQuaid 

The Island Fringe Festival is a bit like Forrest Gump’s metaphorical box of chocolates in terms of never knowing what you’re gonna get, but patterns do emerge. Fringe fare is often weirder, edgier, more artsy, more challenging or some combination of the above; so it’s always refreshing to see a Fringe show that’s pure, uncut fun, like Sarah Hagen’s
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Eight is enough

Island Fringe Festival

Review by Sean McQuaid 

The Island Fringe Festival has wrapped up another successful season, faithfully attended by yours truly. How faithfully? For the second year in a row, I attended all eight shows. Limitations of time and space (pesky space-time continuum!) mean I can’t fully review all eight productions this year, though I did full-length reviews of my three
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Words worth

On a First Name Basis

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Ah, Victoria-by-the-Sea. The seashore, the shops, the tree-lined streets... it’s been several years since I last sampled the village’s enduring charms, chief among them the lovely Victoria Playhouse, so I was keen to review that venue’s premiere of Norm Foster’s 2011 comedy On a First Name Basis

Full disclosure: the show’s directors Rob
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Spectacular

Kronborg 1582 

Review by Doug Gallant

When Cliff Jones’ Kronborg 1582 was first staged at the Charlottetown Festival in 1974 it was like nothing audiences here had ever seen before. Certainly the Festival had staged big productions before but this was different. It was bold, it was audacious, it was adventurous and it was exciting to behold because it came at you from every direction. It was
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Menopause The Musical at the Homburg theatre November 25
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25th Annual Colonel Gray Christmas Craft...

November 17 & 18
Colonel Gray High School The 25th Annual Colonel Gray Band Christmas Craft Fair [ ... ]

Blues Bash for the Christmas Miracle

November 18
The Old Triangle and The Pourhouse The 8th Annual Blues Bash for the Christmas Miracle w [ ... ]

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Singsong

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