Upcoming hiatus & news

Photo by Jens Lelie on Unsplash   Hi all – Hope 2020 is being good to everyone so far! life with more cowbell celebrated its ninth anniversary earlier this month and—counting two years blogging for Alumnae Theatre Company—that means I’ve been blogging about theatre for 11 years now. Time flies! It’s been an amazing 11 years, reviewing remarkable,Continue reading “Upcoming hiatus & news”

The Sad Blisters: Wrap-up

Seated: Bonnie Gray & Esther Thibault. Standing: Cate McKim, Andrea Lyons & Anne McDougall. Set design by Alexis Chubb. Lighting design by Liz Currie. Photo by Victoria Shepherd.   And that’s a wrap! The Sad Blisters took its final bow at The Commons Space on Saturday night. Huge thanks to everyone who came out and/orContinue reading “The Sad Blisters: Wrap-up”

Remembering Andrew Batten

Connor O’Hegarty, Cate McKim, Patrick Brown & Andrew Batten in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Alumnae Theatre, 2007). Photo by Duncan McAllister.   It’s now been a week since we lost our friend and theatre colleague—former lawyer, beloved teacher, and talented actor and playwright Andrew Batten. I posted this on Facebook and Twitter last week, and thoughtContinue reading “Remembering Andrew Batten”

The Sad Blisters: April 12-27 at The Commons

Photo: Esther Thibault (from her wedding)   Poking my head out of hiatus to jump onto the blog with details of Glass Hammer Productions’ upcoming run of Andrew Batten’s The Sad Blisters, directed by Victoria Shepherd, and featuring Bonnie Gray, Andrea Lyons, Anne McDougall, myself and Esther Thibault. It’s a hilarious, poignant dramedy about family,Continue reading “The Sad Blisters: April 12-27 at The Commons”

News & upcoming hiatus!

As promised, I’ve got some news, including an accompanying Spring hiatus for the blog… Back in January, I was invited to join the cast of an indie production of The Sad Blisters, a new play by Andrew Batten, directed by Victoria Shepherd. It’s a quirky, funny, poignant family dramedy with an all-female cast—so, of course,Continue reading “News & upcoming hiatus!”

Dangerous desires, conflicting memories & a questionable verdict in Village Players’ dark, haunting Tainted Justice

Katherine Anne Fairfoul, Chris O’Bray & Rob McMullan. Set design by Alexis Chub. Costume design by Livia Pravato-Fuchs. Lighting design by Jamie Sample. Photo by Dave A. Fitzpatrick. Did an American drifter or family secrets kill the town innkeeper? The Village Players opened their production of Don Nigro’s Tainted Justice, directed by Victoria Shepherd, atContinue reading “Dangerous desires, conflicting memories & a questionable verdict in Village Players’ dark, haunting Tainted Justice”

The meaning of life, death & the role of a lifetime in the moving, tender & funny Or Not To Be

Andrew Robinson, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho & Karen Scobie in Or Not To Be—photo by Vic Finucci   I was back at Red Sandcastle Theatre last night, this time for Glass Hammer Productions’ presentation of Andrew Batten’s Or Not To Be, directed by Julia Haist. I saw the premiere at Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival last year and wasContinue reading “The meaning of life, death & the role of a lifetime in the moving, tender & funny Or Not To Be”

New Ideas Festival: Connection, reflection & living with illness in thoughtful, funny Week One program

Alumnae Theatre Company opened the 29th New Ideas Festival (NIF) with a strong Week One program in its Studio space last night. The annual juried festival includes three weeks of short new plays and full-length readings, including four plays and one reading each week. Call by Rosemary Doyle, directed by Rebecca Ostroff. A hilarious lookContinue reading “New Ideas Festival: Connection, reflection & living with illness in thoughtful, funny Week One program”

Love, revenge & calculated cruelty in the sexy, darkly funny & tragic Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Amicus Productions opened its 2016-17 season with Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Victoria Shepherd, at the Todmorden Mills Papermill Theatre last night. An edgy, erotic, sometimes chilling story of manipulation, desire and social gamesmanship, Amicus’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses plays out on a traditional proscenium stage, complete with drawn curtains, on aContinue reading “Love, revenge & calculated cruelty in the sexy, darkly funny & tragic Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

Love & loss, assumptions & perspectives in sharp, touching, painfully funny This

Alumnae Theatre Company opened its 2016-17 season with Melissa James Gibson’s This, directed by Rebecca Ballarin, on the Mainstage on Friday night. I caught the matinée yesterday afternoon. Four college friends, now in their late 30s, share life, love and loss in this poignant, sometimes wacky tale of relationships, and navigating life’s changes and chaos.Continue reading “Love & loss, assumptions & perspectives in sharp, touching, painfully funny This”