The ABCs of cut-throat real estate in the darkly funny, testosterone-fuelled Glengarry Glen Ross

Derek Perks, Chris Coculuzzi & Frank De Francesco in Glengarry Glen Ross—photo by David Fitzpatrick Amicus Productions wraps its 2016-17 season with its production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Harvey Levkoe; and opening last night at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills. Set in Chicago in the 1980s, Glengarry Glen Ross stillContinue reading “The ABCs of cut-throat real estate in the darkly funny, testosterone-fuelled Glengarry Glen Ross”

Head & heart, & two sisters in love in the delightful, youthful Sense & Sensibility

Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick: Conor Ling, Jackie Mahoney & Tamara Freeman Amicus Productions takes us to the early 1800s England of Jane Austen with Jessica Swale’s adaptation of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, directed by Maureen Lukie, assisted by Ted Powers, and currently running in the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills. Mrs. Dashwood (Peta Bailey) andContinue reading “Head & heart, & two sisters in love in the delightful, youthful Sense & Sensibility”

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”

Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor

Alexander Showcase Theatre (AST) opened its production of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious romp Lend Me a Tenor at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills on Thursday, directed by Vincenzo Sestito. Set in 1934 in a hotel suite in Cleveland, Cleveland Grand Opera Company manager Henry Saunders (Seth Mukamal), his daughter Maggie (Anne-Marie Krytiuk) and his assistantContinue reading “Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor”

A charming, joyful celebration of life & love in Sabrina Fair

Amicus Productions gave the audience a magical evening of storytelling at Todmorden Mills Papermill Theatre last night with their production of Samuel Taylor’s Sabrina Fair, directed by Victoria Shepherd. From its first moments, where ensemble actors Diana Franz and Meara Khanna open with a once-upon-a-time prologue, to the final discovery and acknowledgement of true feelings,Continue reading “A charming, joyful celebration of life & love in Sabrina Fair”

An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

A wonderful evening of fun and festivity at the Papermill Theatre last night at Alexander Showcase Theatre’s (AST) opening night of their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a special wine and dine gala that featured a very tasty and highly digestible pre-show Christmas dinner. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, who adapted the script withContinue reading “An early holiday treat – Alexander Showcase Theatre’s A Christmas Carol”

Amicus Productions’ Cyrano De Bergerac a highly entertaining & moving adventure in wit, swordplay & love

Spent a highly entertaining afternoon at The Papermill Theatre (Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd.) yesterday, with Amicus Productions’ performance of Cyrano De Bergerac, written by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Chris Coculuzzi and Roxanne Deans, and directed by Mary Dwyer (Toronto Fringe fans may have seen their marvelous 80-minute memory play version of Cyrano, performed outdoorsContinue reading “Amicus Productions’ Cyrano De Bergerac a highly entertaining & moving adventure in wit, swordplay & love”

A beautiful, moving look @ identity & the inevitable tick tock of life – East Side Players’ Elizabeth Rex

I had the pleasure of being back at Todmorden Mills Papermill Theatre last night for East Side Players’ production of Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex, directed by Jan Francies. A history-inspired, memory play, Elizabeth Rex presents William Shakespeare as our host, as he remembers an evening in a barn with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men after aContinue reading “A beautiful, moving look @ identity & the inevitable tick tock of life – East Side Players’ Elizabeth Rex”

A delightful crush fest of summer love – Amicus Productions’ A Month in the Country

Spent a delightful afternoon at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills yesterday for a matinée performance of Amicus Productions’ A Month in the Country (Ivan Turgenev, translated by Constance Garnett and adapted by Christopher Douglas), directed by Maureen Lukie. Family, friends and household staff feel the heat – and, in most cases, not just theContinue reading “A delightful crush fest of summer love – Amicus Productions’ A Month in the Country”

Titanic mystery & intrigue in Amicus Productions’ haunting, twisting Scotland Road

Amicus Productions explores the romance, mystery and tragedy of the Titanic in its production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road, directed by Victoria Shepherd. “The Titanic – a symbol of arrogance, glamour and tragedy – has captured the imagination and passion of generations … Scotland Road tells the story of a passion so powerful that itContinue reading “Titanic mystery & intrigue in Amicus Productions’ haunting, twisting Scotland Road”