Monday, August 6, 2012

Openings We're Tracking This Week, August 5-11, 2012

It's hard to ignore a show where the promo slogan is, "They're young, they're sexy and by the end of the night they might all be dead," especially if, as proof of the hype, the company turns out a fairly convincing promotion video! Mojo is from It's A Zoo. They're young. They have a young audience. Even their website is cool...and sexy. (Vancouver)

Hey, Gananoque is a lovely place. We've been, we've summered there a little, and now they keep presenting us with more reasons to go there - a thriving theatre - Thousand Islands Playhouse - that has shows that keep drawing our attention! Next up is The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte, the writer of a cross-country phenomenon Mary's Wedding. This time he is proposing a "romantic mystery" with - as its centre - a broken cuckoo clock. We're intrigued.

There is no merrier play in the Shakespeare canon than the one with that very word in its title: The Merry Wives of Windsor. It is rarely performed - despite being a laugh riot - because everyone in the story is a huge part; from the rascal Falstaff to all the Mistresses who want to punish him, to his sidekicks and to two young lovers who kiss through it all. But here you go: Theatre by the Bay is going for it. (Barrie, Ontario)

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