Leah Callen

Hush Little Daisy

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October 17, 2014

Baby with the Bathwater By Christopher Durang Directed by Clayton Jevne at Theatre Inconnu Until October 18 Reviewed by Leah Callen Welcome into the cozy crib of the Dingleberries, the most dysfunctional couple on the block. In this dark parody on parenting, Helen and John start out terrified of raising their child the wrong way. […]

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What happened was…

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March 6, 2014

What Happened Was… A play by Tom Noonan Directed by Clayton Jevne At Theatre Inconnu, ends March 8 Reviewed by Leah Callen What if you were a fly on the wall during a frictional first date?  Noonan’s play invites the audience to peep into an open window as Jackie tries to bag her co-worker Michael […]

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 Falstaff  At Theatre Inconnu  Starring Clayton Jevne  Adapted by Clayton Jevne from Robert Nye’s novel  Oct. 4 – 19th   Reviewed by Leah Callen    Sex!  And now that Falstaff has your attention, let the laughter guide you somewhere unexpectedly divine.  Clayton Jevne is incredibly authentic as he fills the boots of John Fastolf, a […]

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Recycled Shakespeare is a Riot

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September 25, 2013

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) A play by Ann-Marie MacDonald Directed by Ron Jenkins The Belfry Sept 17 – Oct 20 Reviewed by Leah Callen Constance Ledbelly, the unrecognized Queen of Academe, is a slave in inky chains at her desk at Queen’s.  While falling for a plagiarizing prof and trying to prove that Othello […]

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Uncle Vanya Written by Anton Chekhov Directed by Brian Richmond Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre @ the McPherson Playhouse Until June 16th Reviewed by Leah Callen In Uncle Vanya, life is a painful operation that begs for morphine, and the woods are heavy with sadness. When a famous professor and his young wife arrive on their […]

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Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII @ The Uno Festival, Intrepid Theatre Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone Starring Tara Travis May 29-June 1 Reviewed by Leah Callen Tara Travis performs a theatrical feat in Til Death as she channels seven ghosts: Henry VIII and his six wives. The former queens of England, […]

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SPIN May 25, The Metro, Uno Festival, Victoria Written and performed by Evalyn Parry Reviewed by Leah Callen SPIN is a fun trip through time and metaphor on a three-speed steed steered by the talented Evalyn Parry with Brad Hart as back-up. I can honestly say this was the first time I’d ever heard someone […]

The Golden Dragon Theatre Inconnu until May 18, 2013 Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham Directed by Clayton Jevne Reviewed by Leah Callen When I sat down in the theatre, I had a bag of sugar-coated Fuzzy Peaches in my purse–candy that I sucked on as I walked to Fernwood. Little did I […]

Ray Frank: The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West A 150th Anniversary Play Written by Jennifer Wise Directed by Liza Balkan at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Workshop Production, April 11, 2013 Reviewed by Leah Callen My first honest-to-God reaction was: ooh, good title! Then I was amazed that I was watching a play about the real-life […]

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Phoenix Theatre Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner Directed by Fran Gebhard Ends March 23 Reviewed by Leah Callen From the first puffy cloud, there was something unsettling about this musical take on the Peanuts gang. As […]