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I am not a Theatre person, I am absolutely not a Musical person..

when it comes to entertainment I am more a Scifi/Fantasy kind of guy.

My girlfriend however has stated she misses going to see Theatre a number of times.. so I took the hint and for Valentines I grabbed tickets for some performances. She used to work at Canada Post, saw a comedy about a woman working in Post.. Perfect! Grabbed tickets to the Tuesday performance of The (Post) Mistress.

I went in knowing very little. The name, its about Canada post, its funny, and it stars one woman.. That is pretty much it.

After getting in the doors I saw the program.

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MUSICAL. My Girlfriend pointed that out to me and I sort of groaned and told her I wouldn’t fall asleep and embarrass her. Saw the bar and thought “Beer might save me!” and then saw the Cash only sign (and kicked myself for giving up paper money recently). we went in to find our seats (Seats 25+26) Excellent seats, slight angle to the stage, no one in front of you and traditional seating up the stairs behind you.

The set was excellent, simple but having some great little details (like real Canada post bags), I wanted to steal some pictures, but they did say no photography or filming and being someone who enforces rules for a living I figured I should abide by them (also pretty sure my girlfriend would have kicked my ass if I got us kicked out).

Patricia Cano plays Marie-Louise the main char.. and honestly holy hell that woman can sing. Powerful range and emotion packed into such a small woman. I can actually say she made me laugh and cry (The Babette story/song)

The show starts strong, has great songs good comedy. The thing I loved most about it was it was tri-lingual English, French and Cree which surprised me but really got me into it. Being Irish French and Cree on one side of my family and Irish and Cree on the other it made me happy to see/hear the three languages so beautifully used together.

I was really glad to have gotten to see this performance (and now will be hunting for anything I can by Tomson Highway) The Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre was lovely and comfortable, and the Arts Club put on a wonderful show.

 

I might take the girlfriend to more of these..

 

 

Heir Heads.

Maybe I should say some more.  Look, I’m no writer, I’m just a guy who watches entirely too much TV and comedies, so bear with me!

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Heir Heads has a solid concept, Brothers who have to earn a million dollars in order to inherit their fathers empire. Think Brewster Millions meets the simple life.. that first one dated me a bit. Since day one of the competition I have been rooting for the Heir Heads to be on the CBC. The show has a great look great people working on it and, unlike some other projects pitched, is Canadian without trying to pander to stereotypes.  This show would be great not only in Canada and abroad.

Their Project also has a wonderful heap of actors (that’s what you call a group of actors right?). Top of the heap are Ryan and Bruce who compliment each others style beautifully and you can’t help but like the half wits! You want to see them do well, but not so well that they get out of their predicament Bruce to me looks how I would imagine the good-looking rich dummy would look blond, handsome, slightly confused look perpetually on his face and a brilliant smile. Ryan has the schemer look, darker in appearance and tone, the brains of the operation.. Ryan walking down an alleyway talking had me in stitches. They also have many amazing supporting actors whom sadly I cannot name all of.

There are many great projects in the Comedy Coup (http://comedycoup.cbc.ca/) and many of them I would like to see as shows, but none more so than the Heir Heads. They are a group of incredible, talented and passionate people. Even the guys behind the scenes are hilarious (not just the writers). I look forward to seeing them on the CBC next fall.