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”

Remembering Nonnie Griffin

Photo from Bluffs Monitor.   Nonnie Griffin and I became mutual fans, from opposite sides of the stage, while working on two different productions at Alumnae Theatre in 2008: she as the formidable Irish matriarch in Lucy Brennan’s Daughter of the House and I as the compassionate, no-nonsense oncology nurse in Margaret Edson’s Wit. IContinue reading “Remembering Nonnie Griffin”

June (pseudo) hiatus

Hey all—It’s that time of year again! A many of you probably already know, every June the cowbell blog and I take a month off for a bit of R&R before some big fun, busy times at Toronto Fringe. This year—with the exception of a few shows I’ve already committed to reviewing—I’ll be taking theContinue reading “June (pseudo) hiatus”

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”

The Sad Blisters: The story behind the photo

The Sad Blisters poster/postcard uses real-life images of the cast, taken at weddings over the years. Here’s the story behind my photo: This photo was taken in 1998, at my brother Brian and sister-in-law Anne-Marie’s wedding reception. It was a great day, with one notable omission: my youngest brother Sean, who was to be Brian’sContinue reading “The Sad Blisters: The story behind the photo”

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!”