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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Bookshop

On Friday night Alain and I had tickets to see a show at the National Arts Centre downtown. We got (semi) dressed up as it was a family show and we knew many people would not go all out, and had a great dinner at Griffins on Elgin Street. The food was great, with All You Can Eat Mussels for just $7.50 for me and Fish and Chips for Alain at just $8.95. It's not a seafood place surprisingly, although you might think otherwise by what Alain and I ordered, there really seemed to be something for every one, and at mostly decent prices.

They had an interesting martini menu, so we each had a yummy martini as well.

The show that we had tickets for, called the Bookshop, was a family play put on by the A Théâtre du Gros Mécano from Quebec. This was actually the english premier of the show. It was, as I mentioned a family show, so there were a lot of kids in the audience, but we both enjoyed it quite a lot.

It followed Jane on the first day of opening an old bookshop she had recently taken over. She is concerned when no one comes into the shop, but finds out why that very night, the shop is haunted by the ghost of a former owner! The ghost is looking for a book, a very specific book that he misplaced and feels he must find before the lost love of his life passes over. He cannot pass over until he can be with her again. He recruits Jane into his search and helps Jane to realise her feelings for the Chocolatier that has a shop next door. He than encourages her to follow her heart and confess her feelings to the Chocolatier before he closes the door to his shop for the last time.

It was a funny play, a little sad and definitely well performed and well written. The whole audience, of all ages seemed to enjoy it and for $12 a ticket, it was hard not to. It's nice to have a night out like that every once in a while, even if it doesn't have to cost a fortune.


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