Each summer, comedian Patrick Ledwell and musician Mark Haines create a brand-new storytelling set at Harmony House Theatre. The evening is an entertaining blend of stand-up jokes, foot-stomping fiddle tunes, real Island news stories, and plenty of crowd participation.
“The Haines-Ledwell duo puts on a really great show: clever, funny, energetic, even surprisingly moving in spots, and packed with laugh-out-loud comedy on topics local, regional and universal.”Sean MacQuaid
The Island Summer Review will open Thursday, July 4th.
The show will run three nights a week, each Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night at 8 p.m., until August 30th.
Tickets are $25 plus fees and HST, with 20%-off ticket specials for the first two weeks in July.
What’s the spirit behind the show? That the stories and songs ring true to the Island, entertain everyone aged 13 to 90, and lift your mood as soon as you step through the theatre door. If your sides feel the laughter, and you’ve held back a tear by the end of the night, The Island Summer Review has given you the greeting we hoped for.
This year’s show is pulled together by a conversation about what it means to call a place home.
“Previous years, I’ve joked about going to elementary school right across the road, and living in the same family home as when I was two,” says Patrick Ledwell. “I’m excited about how this show approaches how we each need to decide, on our own, what home means.”
All-new show chapters include actual news headlines that mainlanders won’t believe, laughably conflicted love letters to P.E.I., and folk-rock anthems about deciding to stay. There are also some classic, re-imagined songs by other artists, woven into original stories about returning to the Island.
Summer is a time for reunions, when Islanders make friends and family feel right at home. If you’re looking for that night out together to reconnect, The Island Summer Review puts together a perfect Island welcome, with fresh comedy, traditional music, and everything Prince Edward Island in between.