Neet Stuff March 2015: “The Melville Boys”

I was looking forward to seeing Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presentation of Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” at the Pumphouse Theatres last night. I read this play about 20 years ago when I was a theatre student. I always wanted to see this play on stage. It took me a couple of decades to see it happen and it was well worth the wait.

It’s great to see a classic Canadian play be produced by a local group with local theatre talent. What could happen when two brothers go to a cabin to do some fishing and drink a few beers?  Family relationships are complicated and when you add cancer to the mix, the unexpected may just very well happen.  One of the brothers has cancer and it’s the big elephant in the room as The Melville Boys head off to the cabin. Their weekend plans are taken off course when they meet two attractive sisters. Facing your own feelings can be scarier than cancer.

Justin Michael Carriere played Owen Melville, Jayson Therrien played Lee Melville, Samantha Duff played Mary and Kayte Davies played Lorreta. The acting was very solid. The climatic scene between Owen and Lee is one of the most intense scenes I’ve seen on stage for a while. Well done.

And then there was the music… The play’s soundtrack showcased classic tunes from the 1980’s and 1990’s. I could not help but feel nostalgic for that time.  Come on, who doesn’t remember the song “Patio Lanterns” by Kim Mitchell?! Anyone? Come on! That song reminds me of summer and camping.

Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” runs until March 21, 2015 at the Pumphouse Theatres. Limited tickets are available through

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster's "The Melville Boys"

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys”


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Police investigating ‘Calgary’s worst driver’

Calgary Herald

Police tweeted Friday they are investigating a driver who was caught on camera backing into a vehicle while trying unsuccessfully to leave a parking lot for several minutes.

The driver, who had plenty of room to back up safely, also hit a car in an excruciating display of ineptitude.

Watch it, but be warned, it is miserable knowing you can’t hop in the driver’s seat and back up the BMW yourself.

The video, posted earlier this week on YouTube, gained traction on Reddit Calgary before it caught the attention of Calgary police today.

There are many theories swirling on social media as to the reasons the driver had such profound trouble backing out of the parking spot, and why they didn’t stop after hitting another parked car.

Does this person have a driver’s license? Was a child driving? Was the driver under the influence of something? Was a child driving under the influence without a license?

Here’s hoping the police find…

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Scenes From “Waldorf Salad” From “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”

This has to be my favourite Fawlty Towers episode. Scenes From “Waldorf Salad” From “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”.  #neetstuff #FawltyTowersyyc


New Study Confirms Leggings Are Not Pants

I am so glad someone addressed this very important issue! New Study Confirms Leggings Are Not Pants.

Workshop Theatre’s November 2014 Newsletter Online!

Workshop Theatre’s November 2014 Newsletter Online!.

17 Things Former Bullied Kids Do A Little Bit Differently As Adults

This is an excellent article about how being bullied as a kid has a lasting effect in your adult years. Very good read!

Thought Catalog

1. You will probably have an extremely tough exterior that others find difficult to break through.

2. But your interior is very soft and it’s actually the easiest thing in the world to make you emotional. You’re just careful with who you reveal those emotions to.

3. Being vulnerable with people will always be a slightly terrifying experience for you. Probably because you realized early on just how awful people can be.

4. You’ll always be slightly guarded about revealing things in your childhood to people because you don’t want to be looked at differently.

5. You cannot stand to watch especially children being made fun of, in any shape or form.

6. You believe that being bullied made you stronger but you know it also made you very weary and cautious of people as a primary instinct.

7. You just can’t help but get involved when you see someone…

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Introducing the Cast of “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”

Introducing the Cast of “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”.

A ‘Ripping’ Good Time at Rehearsal for “Jack the Ripper, Monster of Whitechapel”

Workshop Theatre Blog

Workshop Theatre will open its 45th season with a black comedy called “Jack the Ripper, Monster of Whitechapel”.  This thriller written by Joe Dickinson runs October 17 – 25, 2014 at the Pumphouse Theatres.  Tickets are on sale now through  Limited run of only 8 shows!

“They cut her like a fish!”

“Holy Mackerel!”

Who is Jack the Ripper? Well, that all depends. There is an interactive element to this play.  With three different endings for this play, audience members will have a chance to vote at intermission for which ending they want to see.

 This show is a “ripping” good time, a “scream” of fun, and “killed” me with its humor. – Dallas Morning News

This play is a comical but scary treatment of the serial killer who terrorized London in the 1800’s.  Many of the characters and events are taken right from history, but others are pure…

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Things You Should Know About Introverts

Things You Should Know About Introverts.

I love this article about introverts.  There have been many people over the years that assume that I am extroverted when in fact I am really introverted.  I remember an actor friend (a definite extrovert) said that introverts could never be good actors.  I disagree.  There is power to being reflective, being an observer and withdrawing from chaos around you.  I like how the article pointed out how being introverted and being shy are NOT the same thing.  Bravo!

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