BWW Review: The Stratford Festival's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Makes for a Delightful Night at the TheatreBWW Review: The Stratford Festival's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Makes for a Delightful Night at the Theatre
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 2, 2018

A delightfully fun and well-cast production of Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND opened at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre on Thursday night. The show is a light-hearted comedy with a bit of an edge, as Wilde's story explores the notion that a woman should forgive a man's imperfections-even if said imperfections involve a serious crime-so long, of course, that the man has not been caught for committing said crime! This conclusion is somewhat unsettling, and the fact that the characters in question are generally likeable has audience members questioning their own morality in the end because, one's knee jerk reaction is indeed to be happy for everyone! Leave it to Oscar Wilde (and director Lezlie Wade) to trick us a fun play that actually becomes a spring board for self analysis and discussion about when it is appropriate to forgive ourselves and others and how we can manage to justify our actions or those of the people we love…when it suits us. (more...)

Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Begins Previews At The Stratford FestivalOscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Begins Previews At The Stratford Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Sparkling with Oscar Wilde's inimitable wit, Lezlie Wade's production of An Ideal Husband begins previews today at the Avon Theatre. (more...)

Stratford Festival's Opening Week Begins MondayStratford Festival's Opening Week Begins Monday
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2018

The Stratford Festival's 66th season opens officially on Monday, May 28, with Shakespeare's final masterpiece, The Tempest, featuring Martha Henry as Prospero. (more...)

Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Begins Previews At The Stratford FestivalOscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND Begins Previews At The Stratford Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Sparkling with Oscar Wilde's inimitable wit, Lezlie Wade's production of An Ideal Husband begins previews today at the Avon Theatre. (more...)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Begins Previews at Festival TheatreTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Begins Previews at Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel comes to vivid life in Nigel Shawn Williams's production of To Kill a Mockingbird, on stage now at the Festival Theatre. (more...)

Indie Americana/Folk Rock Band, The Naked Sun, Unveil Video for DO YOU WANNA DANCE?Indie Americana/Folk Rock Band, The Naked Sun, Unveil Video for DO YOU WANNA DANCE?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

Indie Americana/Folk Rock Band, The Naked Sun, Unveil Video for DO YOU WANNA DANCE? (more...)

BWW Review: A Stunning & Captivating CANDIDE Maestro Bernstein Would Be So Proud ofBWW Review: A Stunning & Captivating CANDIDE Maestro Bernstein Would Be So Proud of
by Gil Kaan - Jan 28, 2018

From the moment the amazing James Conlon-conducted orchestra began their crisp, lively 'Overture' to 'Quartet Finale,' the close of Act One; this remarkable production of CANDIDE entranced the Dorothy Chandler audience. Then after a short intermission, these talented performers and musicians had the audience right back in the palms of their skilled hands, beyond the tears-inducing finale 'Make Our Garden Grow,' to the extended and most deserved standing ovation for the cast, orchestra, and creatives. (more...)

Americana/Folk Rock Band The Naked Sun Release Debut Album WAR WITH SHADOWS 1/26Americana/Folk Rock Band The Naked Sun Release Debut Album WAR WITH SHADOWS 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Americana/Folk Rock Band The Naked Sun Release Debut Album WAR WITH SHADOWS 1/26 (more...)

Dolly Diamond Returns with Christmas Edition of BL*NKETY BL*NKS this DecemberDolly Diamond Returns with Christmas Edition of BL*NKETY BL*NKS this December
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

Haul out our Dolly Erect a tree before your spirits fall again Hitch up your stockings We may be rushing things so grab your Xmas balls again now! (more...)

NEXT TO NORMAL will Rock Lee Street Theatre Next WeekNEXT TO NORMAL will Rock Lee Street Theatre Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

Next to Normal is a Tony Award winning musical with a fabulous book and genius lyrics written by Brian Yorkey, and a spine chilling score by Tom Kitt. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino just announced key casting for the 2018 season of the Stratford Festival, including Seana McKenna as Julius Caesar, Andr Sills as Coriolanus, and Daren A. Herbert as Harold Hill, the 'Music Man.' (more...)

Crown Perth is The Field Favourite For Melbourne Cup ViewingCrown Perth is The Field Favourite For Melbourne Cup Viewing
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Racing lovers can be confident they've backed a winner when they grab a ticket to one of Crown Perth's Melbourne Cup events. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CHANGELING at the Stratford Festival is Disturbing and ExhilaratingBWW Review: THE CHANGELING at the Stratford Festival is Disturbing and Exhilarating
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 4, 2017

This season at the Stratford Festival has proven to be a stellar one, and Jackie Maxwell's production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's THE CHANGELING on the Tom Patterson Theatre stage is no exception. The questionable morals and values of the characters, and the intense relationships between certain characters leave the audience feeling uncomfortable (as was likely intended by the playwrights) but the performances by the members of the company and the overall impact of the production itself, leaves the audience feeling exhilarated. (more...)

BWW Review: Stratford Festival's TIMON OF ATHENS is a Powerful Cautionary TaleBWW Review: Stratford Festival's TIMON OF ATHENS is a Powerful Cautionary Tale
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 4, 2017

TIMON OF ATHENS opened at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on Friday night. It is probably one of the more relatable cautionary tales that Shakespeare has produced, which explains why the Festival continues to have it set in modern times. Director, Stephen Ouimette takes this production on for a second time, as he also directed it in Stratford in 2004. I did not have the opportunity to see his previous production, but this one is impressive. (more...)

BOEING BOEING to Close this Weekend at Lee Street TheatreBOEING BOEING to Close this Weekend at Lee Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Boeing Boeing, written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverley Cross, is a classic French farce that boasts the Guinness World Records most performed French play. (more...)


by Barry Lenny - Oct 21, 2016

The story of Tracy Turnblad, an irrepressible dancer and hopeless optimist. (more...)

BWW Review: BUNNY at the Stratford Festival is a Thing of BeautyBWW Review: BUNNY at the Stratford Festival is a Thing of Beauty
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 18, 2016

Hannah Moscovitch's BUNNY is enjoying its World Premiere at the Stratford Festival's Studio Theatre this season. The performance that I attended was completely sold out, so it appears that audiences are enjoying it too! Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, with Design by Michael Gianfrancesco, this play will be a unique experience from the get-go. The intimacy of the Studio Theatre has the audience very present and engaged at the beginning, and the beauty and originality of the play maintains that engagement throughout. (more...)

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