Theatre

Theatre

November 11, 2022
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The Humans

The Humans

It's a modern update on 19th century naturalism, with hyper realistic settings and the Aristotelian compression of time into a few hours.

November 1, 2022
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Enchanted April

Enchanted April

As another Canadian winter approaches, do you dream of basking in the sunshine and wisteria of a tranquil, isolated villa on the Italian coast?

October 26, 2022
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SERVING ELIZABETH

SERVING ELIZABETH

In February 1952, the future Queen Elizabeth, still a princess at that point, found herself with her husband Philip on a tour of Africa.

October 12, 2022
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Tottering Biped Preview

Tottering Biped Preview

Hamilton's Tottering Biped Theatre, has become quite well known for the past decade or so in presenting very interesting and personal work

September 23, 2022
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SALT BABY

SALT BABY

Theatre Aquarius launches its 49th season, with the premiere of an original play, SALT BABY, by Falen Johnson; an indigenous woman from the Six Nations

August 12, 2022
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Blackberry

Blackberry

Menon is a prolific playwright who’s made a large impact in the Hamilton Arts Community as both the City of Hamilton 2020

July 28, 2022
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2022 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL, WRAPS UP THE FINAL WEEKEND WITH A BANG.

2022 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL, WRAPS UP THE FINAL WEEKEND WITH A BANG.

Here follows what the current team of reviewers chose: The fringe sells a six show pass - these six productions would be an excellent way to use one!

July 26, 2022
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Hamilton Fringe Festival Reviews 2022

Hamilton Fringe Festival Reviews 2022

The 2022 edition of the Hamilton Fringe Festival was the largest one to date, featuring more than 60 shows in 12 venues

July 20, 2022
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THE 2022 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL

THE 2022 HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL

It’s back, live and in person, for the first time since July of 2019! The 2022 Hamilton Fringe Festival opens today, with 60 productions

July 7, 2022
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EIGHT NEW PLAYS REVEALED AT THIS YEAR'S HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL

EIGHT NEW PLAYS REVEALED AT THIS YEAR'S HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL

For the Hamilton Festival Theatre Company; the local organization that produces the annual Fringe Festival every year in Hamilton; they're celebrating 20

June 15, 2022
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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

The production features a cast of six musicians all of whom can sing and dance, as well as playing the guitar, double bass, piano, and drums, superbly well

May 11, 2022
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Verdict

Verdict

Verdict, is a rare play by Dame Agatha Christie, in that it was one that was not based on an earlier short story or novel.

May 6, 2022
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The Hours that Remain

The Hours that Remain

The play begins innocuously enough, with two sisters, and the boyfriend of one of them, having a lively discussion

March 16, 2022
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DOUBT; A PARABLE

DOUBT; A PARABLE

The play, Doubt, premiered back in 2004, in a production from the Manhattan Theatre Club that ultimately ran for more than a year on Broadway.

March 11, 2020
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Walter

Walter

His performance is like a poem. It’s presented with simplicity but has as many meanings as there are seats in the audience.

March 11, 2020
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Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Hamilton theatre maker Luke Brown first saw Every Brilliant Thing at Canadian Stage in Toronto when it ran in late 2018.

March 5, 2020
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A Belly Full

A Belly Full

They bare more than their midlife midriffs as they face themselves and their life choices, and struggle to remain friends

February 26, 2020
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Walter

Walter

“Walter is someone you will like. He doesn’t want your pity. He wants you to understand how it feels to be him”

February 26, 2020
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Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

In the 20 years since its London premiere, Mamma Mia! has been described as everything from “comfort food” to “uplifting”

February 26, 2020
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40th Anniversary Music Hall

40th Anniversary Music Hall

A cast of six women and eight men, comprising the ‘Melodious Misses,’ ‘Marvelous Misters,’ and one ‘Mr. Chairman’

February 26, 2020
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Pippin

Pippin

This musical, first choreographed by Bob Fosse on Broadway, still has considerable play in our modern world

February 12, 2020
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Don’t Miss the Beauty Queen

Don’t Miss the Beauty Queen

The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Theatre Burlington plays two more nights, February 14th and 15th. You must book your tickets.

February 6, 2020
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Frost Bites Reviews

Frost Bites Reviews

Frost Bites 2020 marked the fifth anniversary for the mid winter theatre festival presented by the Hamilton Fringe organization.

February 6, 2020
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Sweat

Sweat

Theatre Aquarius gives audiences some troubling social realities to grapple with in its current main stage production

January 29, 2020
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Frost Bites 2020

Frost Bites 2020

Noted director Peter Brook, famously said, that all one needed for theatre to occur, was an “empty space, and an audience”.

January 29, 2020
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Sweat

Sweat

A friendship between three working class women, two white and one black, whose relationship unravels when they all apply for a middle level management job

January 29, 2020
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Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days

The story centres around four big city dwellers searching for meaning and happiness in their lives amid feelings of love, loss, and loneliness.

January 29, 2020
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Over The River And Through The Woods

Over The River And Through The Woods

Family is the core of the show, and fortunately, Kamermans’ assembled ensemble feels like a family, comfortable with each other

January 22, 2020
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Over The River And Through The Woods

Over The River And Through The Woods

Beginning January 24th, Dundas Little Theatre presents Over the River and Through the Woods, a comedic play with Italian flair by Joe DiPietro.

January 22, 2020
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In The Time Of Old Age

In The Time Of Old Age

This is a timely revival of a fascinating play, that is being reintroduced to an audience, who almost certainly, will never have heard of it

January 22, 2020
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Frozen Jr.

Frozen Jr.

For the young teens and children of today, the arrival of the 2013 Disney animated musical film, Frozen, was a gigantic and titanic ice mountain

January 15, 2020
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Frozen Jr.

Frozen Jr.

The family friendly show promises all of the beloved songs from the original film (music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson–Lopez and Robert Lopez)

January 8, 2020
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The Best Of 2019 On Stage

The Best Of 2019 On Stage

The View Reviewers weigh in on the 2019 theatre scene. Each one has created their own special award to honour their favourite of the year.

December 11, 2019
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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

The play isn’t so much a tragedy as a searing examination of depleted salesmen trapped in webs of deceit and desperation,

December 5, 2019
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Hairspray

Hairspray

“Perfection” is a word one always hesitates to use when writing in a critical context, even when one has used it before

December 5, 2019
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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Hamilton theatre maker Vicktoria Adam has always been drawn to stories ‘about people trying to find their place in the world

December 5, 2019
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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

The play, based on Mamet’s own experiences working in a real estate office, follows four Chicago real estate agents looking to sell undesirable property

November 13, 2019
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The Unexpected Guest

The Unexpected Guest

Jordan Toth makes his ‘directorial debut’ at Village Theatre with Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, and this is by no means a lightweight play.

November 6, 2019
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Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Theatre Ancaster’s upcoming MainStage production is Mamma Mia!; a “jukebox musical” based upon the hit songs of ABBA, the Swedish super-group

November 6, 2019
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I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

This Player’s Guild production, with tasteful musical direction by Brenda Uchimaru, is a slick, polished, and professional calibre evening of theatre

November 6, 2019
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Never Not Once

Never Not Once

The story itself is about a young girl who wants to meet her biological father. Her mother claims he was a one night stand and she can’t remember his name.

November 6, 2019
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Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Drury Lane Theatrical Productions kick off their season with Legally Blonde: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon

October 31, 2019
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The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

It’s official: The Rocky Horror Show just won’t go away. And aren’t we happy and fortunate that this is the case? 

October 31, 2019
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Love All

Love All

 Dorothy L. Sayers is mainly remembered for her “Lord Peter Wimsey” series of ‘gentleman detective’ novels written between 1923 and 1937

October 30, 2019
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Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

When a lead actor confesses that her character is one of her ‘dream roles,’ it would seem to portend great things. 

October 30, 2019
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EinStein's Gift

EinStein's Gift

How responsible is a person for what others do with that person’s idea? Such is the subject of Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift

October 23, 2019
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Never Not Once

Never Not Once

Theatre Aquarius has made a gripping choice for its next production, one embodying mature and realistic notions of modern families and identity. 

October 23, 2019
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I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You

Starting October 25th, nostalgia will hold sway at The Players’ Guild of Hamilton as the new wartime musical revue I’ll Be Seeing You has its premiere.

October 23, 2019
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Einstein’s Gift

Einstein’s Gift

Dundas Little Theatre’s latest production, is Canadian playwright Vern Thessien’s 2003 drama, Einstein’s Gift. It is a thoughtful “memory play”

October 17, 2019
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The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show (hereafter referred to as RHS) is an October staple. Every Halloween season local rep cinemas program the 1975 film

October 9, 2019
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The Day They Kidnapped The Pope

The Day They Kidnapped The Pope

The tech heavy nature of the production was one of the reasons it was initially struck from the playbill. 

October 9, 2019
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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

9M Theatre Company presents the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, for one more weekend, in the second floor “Bright Room” at the Staircase Theatre 

October 9, 2019
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Love All

Love All

 According to director Gwendolyn Starks this play is a comedy of manners in the style of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde.

October 2, 2019
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Fall Theatre Preview

Fall Theatre Preview

It is now October, and that means it’s time, for our annual look at some of the theatre productions, coming up on local stages. 

September 26, 2019
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Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Director Tom Levely and Producer Michelle Spanik have put together a solid foundation for what looks like a great promise of theatre to come in 2019/20.

September 26, 2019
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Renovations For Six

Renovations For Six

Theatre Aquarius opens a new season with Norm Foster’s Renovations For Six directed by Ron Ulrich who has amassed a great cast. 

August 21, 2019
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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

This is not your Grandmother’s version of Shakespeare. Although Shakespeare penned this particular play, way back in 1601

August 21, 2019
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No Change In The Weather

No Change In The Weather

The story centres on a cantankerous matriarch of a family, who recalls the moment, that Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949

August 8, 2019
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Hamlet At The Pearl

Hamlet At The Pearl

The Classical Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Produced at the Pearl Company and directed by Gary Santucci.

August 8, 2019
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Key For Two

Key For Two

Penned in 1982 by John Chapman (Move Over Mrs. Markham) and Dave Freeman (The Benny Hill Show) the play revolves around the activities of divorcee Harriet

July 24, 2019
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Hamilton Fringe Reviews 2019

Hamilton Fringe Reviews 2019

The Fringe Festival continues in force, so make sure to check out these reviews and enjoy some fine theatre

July 18, 2019
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Next To Normal

Next To Normal

Evan Hansen camp of modern musicals that forego sequins and kick lines and focus instead on the challenges of real life.

July 11, 2019
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Next To Normal

Next To Normal

Curtain Call Performing Arts Company takes the stage July 12 at Hamilton Theatre Inc. with Next to Normal. Curtain Call

July 11, 2019
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Fringe Fest Previews

Fringe Fest Previews

2019 is set to be an incredible year for the Hamilton Fringe, and the Players’ Guild of Hamilton is one of the best venues

July 4, 2019
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Laughter and Resiliance: David Brennan

Laughter and Resiliance: David Brennan

David Brennan was born and raised in the Hammer, a place he describes as the perfect incubator for his comic soul. 

July 4, 2019
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Camille Intson: We All Got Lost

Camille Intson: We All Got Lost

Camille Intson, is a young woman, from Hamilton, with a real gift for narrative storytelling, writing songs, and plays. 

June 27, 2019
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The Hamilton Choir Project, John & Jen

The Hamilton Choir Project, John & Jen

The Hamilton Choir Project, has for the past three seasons, presented several choral focused concerts, on the local arts scene. 

June 27, 2019
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Pity Face and Seven Songs

Pity Face and Seven Songs

This week sees the debut of Tor’s newest experimental performance piece, Seven Songs, which is playing at the Staircase.

June 13, 2019
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Works in Progress

Works in Progress

Hamilton Arts Week was launched in 2015 to celebrate local arts and culture, and increase visibility for the area’s creative industries. 

June 8, 2019
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Outside Mullingar

Outside Mullingar

Shanley, is a popular and prolific playwright, and this Irish-American romantic–comedy, is his most recent play.

June 8, 2019
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The Gentleman Clothier

The Gentleman Clothier

Their final production of the season, The Hamilton Players’ Guild presents, The Gentleman Clothier, directed by Greg Flis and produced by Lynne Jamieson 

June 8, 2019
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My Father's House

My Father's House

Four performances remain of The Pearl Company’s run of My Father’s House, a troubling, emotional play based on Canadian writer Sylvia Fraser’s book

June 7, 2019
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The Hamilton 7 A Night Of Storytelling

The Hamilton 7 A Night Of Storytelling

“After two years of telling stories every month, we took a season off,” says one of its founding members, multidisciplinary artist Lisa Pijuan–Nomura. 

June 1, 2019
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Don't Misunderstand Me

Don't Misunderstand Me

Patrick Cargill’s Don’t Misunderstand Me, currently presented as a co–production by Act 4 Productions and Theatre Burlington

June 1, 2019
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Mind Play

Mind Play

Enter Mind Play, a theatre festival devoted to exploring mental health through the medium of performance art. 

June 1, 2019
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The Gentleman Clothier

The Gentleman Clothier

“Daniel strikes me as an anachronism. He admits that he resembles a man who appears out of time, and that is how The Gentleman Clothier, is described,”

June 1, 2019
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My Father's House

My Father's House

The beauty pageant tradition was thriving. Like the Oscars, the Grey Cup or a quality Friday night made–for–tv movie, the pageant found the family huddled

May 25, 2019
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Don't Misunderstand Me

Don't Misunderstand Me

“We were looking for a script that would enable the four of us to work together closely, with the opportunity for us all to interact on stage."

May 25, 2019
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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

(Hamilton, Ontario) “The list of benefits of being involved in drama and theatre performance is extensive,”

May 25, 2019
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Waaaay Off Broadway

Waaaay Off Broadway

For the improv comedy troupe The Understudies: their hit show Swipe Right For Love will be featured as part of this year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival

May 24, 2019
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Tommy

Tommy

Growing up in post–WWII Britain, young Tommy is left catatonic after witnessing a murder involving his parents, who browbeat him into remaining silent. 

May 10, 2019
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Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are

While writers like Margaret Atwood can write dystopian fiction like The Handmaid’s Tale, most of them resist their writing, being categorized as “sci–fi”

May 10, 2019
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Visiting Mr. Green

Visiting Mr. Green

It’s hard to quantify Visiting Mr Green, the Jeff Baron play currently being co-produced by Snapping Turtle Productions and the Pearl Company. 

May 10, 2019
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Spamalot

Spamalot

Many of us who were teenagers in the mid ‘70’s will forever have a special place reserved in our hearts for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”

May 10, 2019
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Always A Bridesmaid

Always A Bridesmaid

The four friends at the centre of The Aldershot Player’s latest offering prove that Always a Bridesmaid doesn’t have to mean never a bride.