Sunday, February 11, 2007

Orchid Show & The Overcoat

Mom & I visited the Southern Ontario Orchid Show at Edward's Gardens at Lawrence & Leslie. We decided to get a TTC day pass which saved us $4.10 over using tokens/tickets. Coupons saved us each $2 at the show.

We where absolutely amazed at the stunning variety and the gorgeous displays of orchids. Way beyond the typical florist corsage orchids, these exquisit blossoms come in a vast range of colours, sizes and shapes. It truly was a treat for the eyes in the midst of winter.

Next to the Hot House Cafe, 35 Church St at Front St for dinner. We start with their yummy tomato basil soup and follow that with gourmet pizzettes on whole grain crusts. My CanStage member's card saves 10% off the food bill - approx $4.30.

We bundle up for the short walk to the St Lawrence Centre where we attend the "dress rehearsal" of CanStages production of The Overcoat which stars Peter Anderson. The performance went flawlessly and there were no interuptions so it seemed just like opening night except there were no printed programs available. The tickets were complimentary with CanStage subscription. It will cost $83 each for the same seats next Saturday night.

"The Overcoat seamlessly integrates physical theatre and the sweeping music of Dmitri Shostakovich to tell a richly detailed story of the transformation of a common man’s ordinary life when he acquires a beautiful new overcoat.
Inspired by the short stories of Russian author Nikolai Gogol and evoking the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton and Lang, The Overcoat lampoons affected society whilst remaining an emotionally compelling, elegiac and comedic account of the allegorical Everyman.
Set amidst the grandeur and poverty of a universal metropolis, 22 actors conjure the recognizable tale of how the need to be popular can inspire lust, envy and exquisite madness. "

Total savings with coupons and discount: $178.40

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