When: Tonight-Sat., 7 and 9 p.m.; matinÃ©es Fri., Sat., 3 p.m.
Why: Despite some clunky dialogue and clichÃ©s, and if you can handle the sight of seniors dropping F-bombs, Thom Fitzgerald's crowd-pleaser about an elderly lesbian couple who flee to Nova Scotia from Maine to get married is an endearing diversion. Olympia Dukakis steals the show, playling a brash, butch dyke to potty-mouthed perfection in a by turns hilarious and humane lark that could be called Grumpy Old Lesbians. The gorgeous East Coast scenery is an eye-pleasing bonus.
- Michael D. Reid
What: Smile Show
Where: Merlin's Sun Home Theatre, 1983 Fairfield Rd.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $8, $12, $15 (250-598-7488 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why: Before it concluded two decades ago, the Smile Show was a beloved local institution. For 35 summers, Victorians enjoyed British music hall-style shows, courtesy of the ringleader, the late Gerry Gosley. Now his son, puppeteer Tim Gosley, has crafted an affectionate mini-tribute to his dad's legacy. Pining for a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown or Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner? Expect eccentric fun. (Small theatre, so phone/email before you go.) - Adrian Chamberlain