We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Save
Review Highlights
Shirley Valentine

Show Shirley Valentine at the 1000 Island theatre in Gananoque. The play was an emotional awakening... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2018
sandraatthelake
,
Verona, Canada
via mobile
A gem of a theatre!

We thoroughly enjoyed a one woman show: Shirley Valentine! The actress was extremely talented and... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Denise C
,
Saint John
via mobile
Read all 270 reviews
  
Reviews (270)
Filter reviews
265 results
Traveler rating
194
65
4
1
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
194
65
4
1
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews great theatre leading ladies opening night no bad seats professional theatre local theatre lawrence river live theatre street parking golf cart small theatre intimate setting excellent performance wonderful evening ticket prices are reasonable buddy holly story waters edge
Filter
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 265 reviews
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Show Shirley Valentine at the 1000 Island theatre in Gananoque. The play was an emotional awakening and the comedic timing was impeccable

Thank sandraatthelake
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed a one woman show: Shirley Valentine! The actress was extremely talented and had the audience in the palm of her hand. I’ve seen dozens of plays here over the years and have rarely been disappointed. I no longer live in the area and have missed this theatre.
The building itself and above all, the locale, add to the charm. A former canoe club, the theatre sits on the St. Lawrence River and has two large decks on two levels. Nothing beats spending intermission sipping a drink while looking out over the water, especially if the night is clear and the moon full.

Thank Denise C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Do not go if you’re a prude. But if you love to laugh and want to be mesmerized by two exceptional actors, this is one of the best Little theatre plays we have seen!!!

Thank lisanigh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Set in a pub / wine bar in Edinburgh Scotland, with various forays around the town, this show tells the story of a thirty-something couple who meet, are strangely attracted to, and repelled by, each other, while the hurly-burly of life and longing wash up against them.

Their own inner desires are exposed to the audience, but not to each other, even as they each know and understand each other’s hidden hopes as if they had been spoken out loud. In a running gag, one says something, then asserts that they didn’t actually say that but something else, while the other says that they understood the subtext totally. “I hear what you say, but I know what you mean.”

Sounds heavy, right? Not a bit of it! The script writers, interlacing beautiful original songs with challenging, thoughtful, and belly-laugh provoking dialogue, cleverly keep the feeling light, despite the possible melodrama. The jokes are hilarious, sometimes totally visual (what does a fading erection look like on stage?) and always sympathetic to the storyline, and the song tapestry weaves the telling into a beautiful cameo of life in the 21st Century.

With masterful direction and outstanding acting, our hapless, hopeless, helpless, but eventually happy couple take us through a total gem of a story. And the set is truly impressive, with a bar looking exactly like some of the bars I used to frequent in my mis-spent youth in Glasgow, at which audience members could actually buy drinks before the cast appeared, and TV sets which begun by showing a footy match (Newcastle vs Chelsea, I think) and then, during the show, displayed on the smart-phone screens used during SMS messaging between the actors, complete with sound effects and smileys.

“Midsummer” at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, is one of the best shows I have ever seen.

Thank Alistair T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We hold seasons tickets and so far have not been too pleased with any of the plays. A lot of the acting is great but not much of a story with most of them have way toooo much slap stick comedy, which is not very funny when it is repeated over and over.
The acting in Midsummer was very good but kinda repetitious. Just okay. 2 more plays to go so really hope they are better.

Thank Sansail
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 20, 2018

It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a 1 hour trip there.

Its beautiful, full of history, old buildings

Thank faizi102
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Saw a Midsumemr night a play with songs. Two actors only play runs 90 minutes no intermission. Enjoyed it. Theatre is small, chairs not very comfy. Great location for a theatre right near the water. Parked nearby on side street and shirt walk. Booked tickets same day so must not sell out to quick.

1  Thank JeniaToronto
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Thousand Island Playhouse is a beautiful, dockside theatre in Gananoque overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It was established in 1982 when Greg Wanless and a group of passionate community members purchased the site, then home to the Gananoque Canoe Club, from the local Rotary and converted it into a 350-seat proscenium now known as the Springer Theatre. In 2004, the Firehouse Theatre was incorporated into the site as a second performance space. Originally built as the Gananoque Armoury in 1913, the Firehouse Theatre served as the local fire and police station before becoming the 130-seat, black box theatre it is today. Thousand Island Playhouse showcases Canadian works and local talent. That being said, I saw “The Canadian” by Jason Hall in the Springer Theatre with my son, my brother, and my parents. It was really quite good. The play (2 hours, 15 minutes) is about a small-town, waterfront resort threatened by overdue bank loans and a condo developer looking to build on the site. Hilarity ensues when an eccentric Hollywood writer comes to town with a list of demands and the cash needed to save the business. Loved the set, loved the story, loved the dialogue, and loved the acting. Everything about the show was very, very well done! And there are no bad seats in the Springer Theatre — had no trouble seeing or hearing anything. The play stars Christy Bruce, Sophia Fabiilli, Alastair Forbes, Tyler Murree, Paula Wing, and Norman Yeung. Tickets for “The Canadian” are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $30 for youth. The show runs until August 18th. Go if you have the chance!

1  Thank burr6013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The play was cute and funny, Acting was well done although a few too many slapstick injuries. Not a bad seat in the place and everything was easily heard, Setting on the river is amazing and cocktails very reasonable , Well worth the 30 minute drive

1  Thank Les B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing the Actors and Actresses put on a fantastic show would see it again. The Play House is amazing love going there.

Thank Sherry9555
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews