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Like Father, Like Son? Sorry

Review by Jerry Laird

When I found out I was going to the Victoria Playhouse to cover a show I felt like I going on vacation, I was going to Victoria by the sea.

The drive is spectacular with rolling hills, a patchwork of fields with round bales scattered across the countryside and at one point, across the fields, we could see the Confederation Bridge.

When we turned off the highway it was
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To shell and back

Island Fringe Festival:
Nutshell

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your withered wordsmith knows youth is a vital component of any thriving theatre scene, so it's reassuring to see creative young Island thespians doing fine work like Nutshell. Staged in the outdoor patio area at the Beanz coffee shop as part of the Island Fringe Festival, this dark comedy is a co-production of UPEI's venerable Vagabond
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Fruitful pursuits

Island Fringe Festival:
Life as a Pomegranate

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your nomadic natterer has lived in multiple small towns in multiple provinces. Shortly after moving to a remote northern Alberta village years ago, I was introducing myself to one of the locals during a supply run to High Prairie. Asked what I did for a living, I alluded briefly to my checkered past in the arts, academics
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Nothing more than...

Island Fringe Festival:
Feelings

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your subdued scribbler tends to be none too outwardly emotional, so perhaps it's no surprise I had trouble relating to a play called Feelings. Deemed a "semi-autobiographical" show by authors/actors Emile Beauchemin and Bill Black, it's a dramatic comedy in which these two young Quebec thespians analyze their friendship, their theatrical
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Étrange carnaval

Island Fringe Festival:
Un Glitch Absurde

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your Precambrian prattler had Browning on the brain during this show. The director of 1931's seminal original Dracula flick, Tod Browning spent years working in carnivals, circuses and vaudeville before breaking into the movies, where his films repeatedly mined outsider themes in general and Browning's sideshow past in
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Breaking Bard

Island Fringe Festival:
A Better Play Than Hamlet 

Review by Sean McQuaid 

As a longtime admirer of both literary icon William Shakespeare and accomplished funnyman Lorne Elliot, your crumbling chronicler was eager to sample Elliot’s new Shakespeare-inspired comedy despite its ominously hubristic title: A Better Play Than Hamlet

Perhaps the most celebrated and highly anticipated
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A Tale of Two Dances

Island Fringe Festival:
Ceilidh on the Coast and Hikari

Review by Sean McQuaid

Your torpid typist danced in his prehistoric preteen days. Trained in tap but lacking the terpsichorean drive to stick with it, I ultimately evolved into an eerily lifelike adult with the nimble grace of a woolly mammoth, post-tar pit. Retaining a fondness for footwork regardless, I was intrigued to see two different
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Rocket mania

Island Fringe Festival:
It's a Spaceship Now

Review by Sean McQuaid 

Your weary wordsmith managed to see all eight Island Fringe Festival shows this year, but I only saw one of them twice: It’s a Spaceship Now, a delightful one-man comedy written by and starring Rhode Island performer Stuart Wilson. 

It's a show with technical issues, in more ways than one. The play includes recorded
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Down With Demon Rum

September 16, 23 & 30
The Haviland Club Down With Demon Rum: Stories and Songs of Rum Running on [ ... ]

On the Bright Side

Barra MacNeils come to Harbourfront with new album October 5
Harbourfront Theatre  The Barra M [ ... ]

The Children Act

September 27–October 4
City Cinema PG, language warning
Dir: Richard Eyre, UK, 105 min. Emma Thomps [ ... ]

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Drawing the line

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Free transportation at Cloggeroo

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Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]