Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows's

Guys and Dolls

April 15th - October 29th Festival Theatre Ticket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 8 Critics
8 Reviews

The National Post - Robert Cushman


“Evan Buliung is superb as Sky, restlessly prowling every room in which he finds himself, as if searching for the limits of his own impregnability.

Then there is Steve Ross, perfect as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, the most amiably rotund of gamblers, due to the fact that he is perpetually eating. If his “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” does not raise the roof as it is accustomed to do, that may be because it has a whole succession of hard acts to follow.

One of them is the show’s title song, which Nicely and his pal Benny Southstreet, played by the contrastingly gaunt-framed and scissor-legged Mark Uhre, perform with such verve you may wish it will go on forever.”

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The Slotkin Letter - Lynn Slotkin


“Feore’s choreography as always is fast almost to the point of frantic and leaves everyone, including the audience, breathless. Whether it’s the intoxicating throb of “Havana” or the revival meeting vibe of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” or the acrobatic-balletic slide of “The Crapshooters Dance” and “Luck Be A Lady,” Feore ramps up the energy level with each number….

Donna Feore has done a fine job of filling the production with her vision, choreography and humour. Her company of actors and dancers is sterling.”

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The Hamilton Spectator - Gary Smith


“From the moment the Technicolor magic of lighting designer Michael Walton’s neon heaven of New York’s Times Square sends megawatt sizzles of rainbow lights across Broadway and 42nd Street, you know you aren’t in Stratford anymore. You’re in Oz, of course, by way of the naughty 1940s and those nifty 1950s.

Designer Michael Gianfrancesco has created a landscape of old post cards. They’re all here — Broadway girlie shows, dance hall tango parlours and all-night automats, where Broadway low-lifes, hot-to-trot chorus girls and checked-suit gamblers prowled a terrain that could only exist in the glorious fantasies of writer Damon Runyon.”

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck


“Buliung and Gordon have that chemistry that Sky talks about right off the bat – and deliver a truly swooning romance in short order, making their inner struggles to get past their own ideas of themselves seem the biggest obstacle to a more permanent pairing.

He’s the most believable Sky I’ve ever seen – a recognizable portrait of the aging bachelor, rather the phony player of pop culture. She, meanwhile, is an utter delight in a role that seemed tailored to both her vulnerability-filled vibrato and swell comedic chops. Gordon amusingly plays with clichés of primness and is gung-ho in her physical comedy (especially in the tipsy tussle she gets into in Havana, one of several gloriously choreographed scenes that seems to swarm the stage like a flash mob).”

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Broadway World - Lauren Gienow


“Blythe Wilson is a revelation as Miss Adelaide. From the start of every number that she is in, she has the audience in the palm of her hand-to the point where she somehow had someone in the audience sneezing during Adelaide’s Lament (in which Adelaide believes her own sniffles are the result of her current relationship status). Some might call this a coincidence, but Ms. Wilson’s performance is so magical that it is honestly rather fitting that she have such an effect. “

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James Wegg Review - James Wegg


“As the Festival’s in-house musical maker, Donna Feore moves from strength to strength (first reviewed in these pages with the 2007 production of “Oklahoma!”. With this offering, she can certainly lay claim to being one of the finest choreographers for this type of show in Canada, if not the planet.

..get ye to Stratford and savour the electricity of unbridled enthusiasm mixed with great skill before the final curtain.”

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The Toronto Star - Carly Maga


“Blythe Wilson is a highlight as Miss Adelaide, a cabaret performer and long-time fiancée of crap-game runner Nathan Detroit (Sean Arbuckle, whose only fault is a disobedient New York accent).

Wilson is at once light and airy, shrieking in delight, but also sombre, thoughtful, and a career woman — her acts at the Hot Box are sexy and flirty, but are received with cheers and without jeers from her male audience members.”

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Robyn's Reviews - Robyn Godfrey


“Evan Buling and Alexis Gordon as Sky Masterson and Salvation Army Sergeant Sarah Brown create the most chemistry seen between an onstage couple in Stratford for years.

And while Ms. Gordon is known for her musical prowess she demonstrated a range yet unseen here, from operatic to sultry, and was yet vocally matched by Buling, best known on our stages as an actor first.

Ms. Feore’s use of classically trained actors in musical leads is well known and she proves once again it is a smart choice – Mr. Buling and Ms. Gordon’s pairing was surprising but pays out in spades.”

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