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Charlie: A Hockey Story
Vancouver-based storyteller Jim Sands is like a bouncing puck in the crease as he connects the 1930s Toronto Maple Leafs — way back when the team actually won Stanley Cups on occasion — to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Just like any hockey game, it’s all about following the puck.
Sands hardly has time to catch his breath during this ode to hockey history. He also spins an autobiographical tale, recalling his relationship with his father and his uncle, Charlie Sands, who was a fixture on those Depression-era Leafs teams as they battled the Boston Bruins, led by Eddie Shore.
The hockey detail might be a bit much for ardent fringers, but Charlie should provide a quick fix for hockey fans weary of the summer doldrums.
— Alan Small
From the Fringe program:
Jim Sands weaves a truly Canadian tale about forgiveness, Shakespeare and the NHL career of his uncle, Charlie Sands, a smooth-skating right winger who played for the Leafs, Bruins and Habs during the '30s and '40s.
Director: Thomas Jones
Cast: Jim Sands
4 Stars "This is an honest, heartfelt and well-crafted show." - VUE Weekly, Edmonton.
"I wasn't expecting to hear a comparison between hockey and Shakespeare's plays." - Plank Magazine, Vancouver.
"A gregarious and engaging storyteller." - Calgary Herald.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors
Under 12 not admitted.
Graphic descriptions of violence
Updated on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM CDT:
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM CDT: