Drawing power

The Drawer Boy

Watermark Theatre - Aug 12, 2022 Watermark Theatre artistic director Robert Tsonos is clearly having fun. Doing the pre-show introductory spiel at ...

A Voice from the past

Hey Viola!

The Mack - Aug 8, 2022 The Charlottetown Festival has a long history with jukebox musicals, plays that bundle preexisting popular songs together. O...

Dancing with death

Open Mic, Open Casket

Victoria Playhouse, Victoria July 19, 2022 Truth truly can be stranger than fiction. And when you find yourself in a situation where that happens ...

Tragedy made fun

Educating Rita

Watermark Theatre - July 15, 2022 Best PEI theatre summer ever? As of mid-July, I’ve seen three deeply disparate shows at three different venues...

A great night out

Tell Tale Harbour

Charlottetown Festival, Confederation Centre - June 29, 2022 Hopes aplenty are pinned on Tell Tale Harbour, both the fictional East Coast town and ...

Ship-wracked

Beyond the Sea

Victoria Playhouse - July 2, 2022 Fusty old fuddy-duddy that I am, I’m seldom the hippest hepcat regarding the quirks of modern slang; but I have...

Rising Island dreamer

Kay Em

The Guild - May 7 S.I.D. for Kay Em is about community. With an Island that appears now to have more artists than fans, according to John DiSant...

Lung story short

LUNGS

Watermark Theatre - April 21, 2022 English playwright Duncan Macmillan’s 2011 two-hander Lungs flies by in a fleeting 80 minutes, yet it spans a ...

A Christmas Carol

Review | By Sean McQuaid

Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novella A Christmas Carol has many virtues, among them its near-infinite adaptability. Everyone from the Muppets to th...

A small, dark gem

Tuesdays & Sundays

Tuesdays & Sundays is a theatrical sucker punch to the gut; a swift, sharp jab that knocks the wind out of you. A dense one-act play running just ...

History swings

Greetings: An Army Musician’s Message Home

Kings Playhouse, Georgetown It’s a long way to Tipperary (or so the old song goes), and lately it’s felt like an even longer way to Georgetown....

Rice-capades

Cottagers & Indians

Watermark Theatre, North Rustico A long time ago in a province far, far away, I spent nearly a year living and working on a remote northern First N...

Box to the Future

Old Stock: a Refugee Love Story

Remember Certs? Sporting dueling designations as a breath mint and a candy mint, their “two mints in one” slogan endured for decades. That old lin...

Astounding Feets

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Inner Urban Ecosystem/Kings and Queens

Dance shows are often part of the Island Fringe Festival slate, but this year they make up a whole third of the schedule: two of the six shows are dan...

Solo Flights

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Cowardice/Head War

The Island Fringe Festival typically includes solo productions, and this year it has two: one-woman show Head War (written and performed by poet Sadie...

Playing Dead

Island Fringe Festival 2021: Deenie’s Exit/Playground

Island Fringe Festival entries often go small, partly for reasons of logistics like financing and travel. This means many shows featuring one or two p...

Review: Inside American Pie

“A deep dive into it all.” What a fantastic way to start, this quote by Mike Ross, says it all about his new show Inside American Pie that is run...

Review: The Gin Game

“Oh boy, cards! The paper rectangles old people think are fun!” —Luz Noceda, The Owl House Often the odd man out in my extended family, I di...

Review: Off The Grid

As a COVID-haunted world emerges haltingly from hiding, mixed feelings loom: excitement over resumption of quasi-normal life, anxiety over the risks t...

Review: Dear Rita

Rita MacNeil’s music never drifted my way when I was a child. I didn’t know her, but was still foolish enough and insensitive enough to make the s...

Review: Pleasureville

Pleasureville is a contemporary theatre sit-com which examines gender identity and intersectional feminism. Cast with relatable characters, Leah Bowma...

Review: The Good Time Radio Variety Show

There was a time when radio was our source for virtually everything. From the 1920s through the 1950s we tuned into local radio stations by the millio...

Review: Good Girl

Post Modern Cabaret

Good Girl Trailside Music Hall April 20 In two lavish sets of music and monologue, Melissa MacKenzie gives a courageous  performance of her story ...

Double Feature

The Brackley Drive-in

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So says the oft-quoted line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities; and it feels pret...

Review: Ebb & Flow

Our History Redressed

Ebb and Flow: Tides of Settlement on PEI is momentous as it reveals and celebrates the art of generations of Islanders historically erased from instit...

True North

PEI Symphony Orchestra

On March 1st, when the PEI Symphony Orchestra presented “True North” under the direction of guest conductor Mélanie Léonard, the weather gods we...

Ladies Night

Fascinating Maritime Ladies

Fascinating female trios abound in pop culture, from classical icons like the mythological Fates and MacBeth’s witches to modern examples like Charl...

Review: PEI Symphony Orchestra

Space & The Rocket

On November 24th, the PEI Symphony Orchestra presented the second concert of their 52nd season, “Space & The Rocket,” under the direction of...

Review: Doubt

Second chances

The best and worst part of live theatre is how fleeting it all is. Every single performance is a one-time-only, one-of-a-kind entity all its own; and ...

Review: At the Dog Leg Turn of the Road

Out of the past

My late, great grandfather Charles MacDonald – family man, checkers champ, covert dog fancier – was a World War II combat veteran. I don’t remem...

Review: Punch Up

Underground Comedy

PEI’s fringe theatre imports often consist primarily of whatever lands in the Island Fringe Festival each summer; but new local company Desert Islan...

Review: The Shame of the Meek

The Shame of the Meek is a deceptively simple show, yet also oddly complex. It’s simple structurally and conceptually – it’s a show about unwed ...

Review: PEI Symphony Orchestra

Tumultuous tunes

On October 20th, the PEI Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Mark Shapiro, presented “The Gathering Storm,” a concert featuring J...

Review: Singalong Jubilee

A Musical Tribute to the Canadian Phenomenon

For more than 10 years in the 1960s and early 1970s Canadians crowded around their television sets faithfully every week to watch Singalong Jubilee. T...

Review: Salt-Water Moon

Moonstruck

One sees certain plays repeatedly in the reviewing racket, especially classics, and the best of these hold up well. It’s partly a matter of pure, en...

Review: Ebb & Flow

Tides of Settlement on Prince Edward Island

Ebb and Flow: Tides of Settlement on Prince Edward Island is a multi-faceted multimedia multicultural presentation put together by Laurie Murphy and A...

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