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by Francie Dennison
Old Wives Tales

Unpredictable and refreshingly new, "Old Wives' Tales", which opened to a full house at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre on July 9, 2015, will have you laughing until your sides hurt.

Written by Kevin Riordan, who was present on opening night, and directed by Matt Gorman, this wry and insightful look will take you on a merry ride into the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.

Sarah Machin Gale is outstanding as the "mother", never missing or stumbling over a line despite the long soliloquies she has to deliver, and always getting the timing just right for the laugh. Madeleine Donohue is the epitome of the modern spoiled, self-centred daughter and plays off Sarah to perfection. Mike Petersen delights as the pièce de résistance in multiple roles, filling out the story and adding a male, albeit somewhat twisted, perspective.

The audience loved it. Men were hooting with laughter even at the jokes that obviously went over some of the women's heads. Jumping to their feet for a standing ovation at the end, this play is a must see for the best laugh you're likely to get this summer.

Old Wives' Tales July 8th - August 1st, 2015


Last Updated: Friday, 10 July 2015 10:36:30 AM EST

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