“Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” – Humorous drama at Firehall Theatre

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Written August 13, 2017

(Gananoque, ON)

It isn’t easy to talk about the past, especially about events that are painful to all involved.  It can be even more difficult to look at it with laughter and light, turning tragedy into a comedy that can reach all people.  However, Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has done exactly that with “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth”. Continue reading

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The Ugly One – Dark Comedy’s Cutting Edge

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The Ugly One – rehearsal photos

By Lorraine Payette, written August 7, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Lette has found success in the business world. As an engineer, he’s at the top of his field with a brilliant new invention bound to make all kinds of money. But as fate would have it, he’s also unspeakably ugly. Even his own wife finds it hard to look at him, so he decides to go under the knife and have the problem corrected once and for all. The surgery is an overwhelming success, and he emerges as an Adonis – irresistible to women, the envy of every man he knows. Fame, fortune, everything he wants is there for the taking. But his nightmare truly begins when the surgeon decides he will now sell this same magnificent face to anyone with the money to pay…

“This play is a play I directed in the past at my little theatre company, Theatre Smash,” said Ashlie Corcoran, artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “It’s a company I founded in 2005 and still run in Toronto. When we did this play in 2011, it was a smash hit and we were nominated for six Dora Awards.” – to read more>

The (Post) Mistress Delivers Great Stories with Humour and Heart

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by Lorraine Payette, written August 15, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Marie-Louise Faucon isn’t your usual run of the mill postal employee. In Lovely, Ontario, in 1968, she has developed a rare and wonderful gift. Just by holding the letters in her care up to her heart, smelling their perfume and letting their very essence overtake her, she knows everything there is to know about the people who write them and those for whom they are intended. And she is more than willing to share her amazing insights with all of us if we will but sit and listen. After all, she is “The (Post) Mistress”, and the play by Tomson Highway will be opening at the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque on August 16. – to read more>