“The Last Donnelly Standing” fires up history Reply

Review by E. Lisa MosesReviewer E. Lisa
Based on a true story, fit for the finest crime novels, the Blyth Festival’s world premiere of The Last Donnelly Standing resurrects a sinister slice of 19th-century Ontario history. Written by Paul Thompson and Gil Garratt – well known Canadian playwrights, actors and artistic directors, the one-person show challenges the audience to ride along with a tortured soul trying to make sense of his tragic life. Beth Kates’s clever set evokes the spirit of raw and rustic rural Ontario, whether it’s the family homestead, the local watering hole or the big horse-drawn wagon that hauls commercial loads.

Gil Garratt as Robert Donnally

Gil Garratt as Robert Donnelly,  ( Photo by Terry Manzo)

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The SKYLIGHT FESTIVAL (Paris, ON) rocked! Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
            For those of us who cut our teeth at the 1970’s folk festivals, the Skylight Festival in Paris, Ontario, during the Civic holiday long weekend, was a trip down memory lane. Although the musicians were younger, and most of the venues indoors, the spirit of protest, freedom and fun hasn’t changed at all. There were so many great concerts it’s hard to mention only a few musicians. Minnesota singer/songwriter Heatherlyn’s energy was so much like Melanie’s that the audience could close their eyes and swear it was the 1960’s flower child guru.

Heatherlyn performing on stage

Heatherlyn performing on stage

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