Three More Tales, for Three Times the Fun: A Review of The Return of Three Tales of Terror

Entering the sold-out opening night of The Return of Three Tales of Terror, I knew I would be in for a treat. You might remember that I reviewed the show last year, and as soon as I sat down in my seat, I was brought back to that experience, and I knew I was going to be in for an action-packed hour and a half of theatre. 

The stage was set with the traditional music stands and old-timey furniture, along with a Foley table for sound effects, and a piano, played by Kyle McDavid.

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

The audience entered with the stage being fully lit and ready to start. The cast members wasted no time getting into character, as they frequently check-in and out of the stage before the official show starts, establishing who they are, and what they are there to do. When stage manager Stephen Sampson walked up to the booth, the lights went down, and the audience settled in for three more spooky original stories written by Phillip Goodridge. 

This year's show contained three new shows to the Ladies Who Lunch cannon; Crimson Cove, The Scars of Olde, and Beings 2: Eternal.

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

These shows portrayed everything from witchcraft to aliens, to everything in between. Crimson Cove told of a classic “Who Done It?” murder story, as audience members follow characters to try to figure out who is causing all of the murders around the town.

Scars of Olde followed teenage lovers exploring an old abandoned church, only to unleash a dangerous presence that causes the girls to act fast to save their lives and the lives of their friends and family.

Finally, Beings 2: The Eternal picks up where Beings left off in last year’s show. I was so excited for this, as Beings was hands down my favourite story from last year, and they definitely delivered everything I would want in a sequel.

The audience was brought up to speed in a very cool flashback to the last show and is then told a continuation of the Being’s main crew waking up in a foreign and dangerous ship. 

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

There are so many good things to say about these Ladies Who Lunch Productions, I could write a 30-page review about it… but don’t worry, I won’t do that. I have to mention that the acting in these shows is astounding. It was so refreshing to see these talented actors portray a vast array of characters, even sometimes doing two characters in the same scene, requiring each of their characters to have distinct voices and vocal characteristics.

Phillip, Thea, Lynn, and Mark all did an amazing job of keeping all of their characters fresh and distinct. I would watch Mark White read the ingredients off of a cereal box, and I may even commission him to do that just for my entertainment.

Another great thing about watching these Ladies Who Lunch production shows are the live sound effects and music aspects. Kyle McDavid played some wonderful, radio drama style tunes that helped bring the audience into the atmosphere of this 80’s radio station, while Kevin Woolridge played the Foley artist, curating all of the sound effects with everyday objects. It is truly one of my favourite things about these shows; my jaw is dropped the entire time watching Kevin carefully set up his Foley table for the upcoming cues.

The relaxed feeling of the show helps the audience enjoy their experience and allow themselves to fully indulge in these stories that Phillip has written. I oftentimes find myself closing my eyes and imagining a whole different world in front of me. 

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

Photo Credit: Ashley Harding Photography

This sold-out production will run until September 28, and if you can find tickets online, or on the black market, buy them! If you enjoy radio, horror, live theatre, and want a nice night out, this show is the one! For more information on Ladies Who Lunch, follow them on Facebook, and make sure you get out to see their next production!