Showing posts with label Eric Woolfe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eric Woolfe. Show all posts

29 November 2020

Random thoughts about "The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum"

My family and I were invited to spectate "The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum" last night.  Quite frankly, we had no idea what to expect.

It's been a long time since my D&D days so we attended as spectators.

Here are some random thoughts that came to mind while watching "The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum":

  • No experience playing D&D?  No need to worry!  The talented Michael Ripley guided (DM'd) the adventure giving generous guidance to the novice adventurers who rose beautifully to the occasion! 
  • Have D&D experience?  Help lead your adventurer party and be suitably challenged by the DM.
  • It is exactly as advertised by Eric Woolfe:
    • It is a live play with puppets.  
    • The adventurers choose the direction of the adventure.
    • Many of the outcomes are driven by the randomness of the roll of the dice.
  • There are prerecorded video vignettes by such notables as Doctor Pretorious Wuthergloom and Kenneth Welsh!

  • Every show is different.  (Even with the same adventurers, making the same choices, the randomness of the dice will lead to different outcomes.)
  • For long time fans of Eric Woolfe and Eldritch Theatre, there are some well placed Easter eggs.   We caught throwbacks to "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy," "Buster Canfield and his Amazing Fleas!" and of course "Doc Wuthergloom's Haunted Medicine Show."  There were likely many, many more.)
  • We witnessed a show with brave and entertaining adventurers!  (You don't need to be an actor to play.)
    Thank you Perdon, Scritch-Scratch, Al, Gormunga, and Sparkletastic!  (You want Sparkletastic on your campaigns.  The dice-gods were clearly in their favour!)
  • Thank you talented DM Michael Ripley, puppeteers Kimwun Perehinec and Eric Woolfe, and the staff of the Eldritch Theatre (Melanie McNeil, Sandi Becker, Adrianna Prosser et al) for hosting an captivating evening's escape from reality.


Don't just take our word for it, here's what TV writer Mike McPhaden has to say:

The "The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum" runs until December 5th.  

Details at

Disclosure:  My family and I were guests at this show. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own. I did not receive compensation for the writing or the publishing of this article.



20 November 2020

Survive the Great Regurgitation with 10% off your Adventurer ticket

Roman numeral 10

Continuing with our 10th anniversary celebrations ...

Lift the curse of Doc Pretorious Wuthergloom and use the spell "CanadasMagic" for 10% off an Adventurer ticket for the upcoming online interactive theatrical fantastical "The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum" happening November 25 to December 5th:




Thank you Eric Woolfe and Eldritch Theatre for the anniversary wishes and for extending this wonderful offer to our readers!











13 November 2020

Eldritch Theatre presents The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum

Premiering ONLINE November 25th to December 5th, 2020 at 7:30 PM (EST) 

Tickets $50 for Adventurers
Tickets $10 for Spectators


From the Eldritch Theatre:

The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum is the newest ghoulish creation by Eric Woolfe (Space Opera Zero, The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy) in which ticket buyers can choose to take part in the story using Dungeons and Dragons based role-playing, or merely witness the horrific adventure that will change each night! Adventurers will be given keys to The Forbidden Library, the entire Eldritch Theatre repertoire, as the online experience will take players on a quest through twenty years of Eldritch Theatre creations, meeting sword and sorcery versions of characters from past productions. The monsters and minions they meet will be performed by live actors, puppets, pre-recorded video segments and interactive maps.

Read more and buy tickets.

28 May 2020

World Buskers United: May 30 - 31

World Buskers United are at it again and will be doing another 24 hours online buskerfest!

Canadian participants include:

Learn more at World Buskers United.

23 October 2019

Toronto: Win tickets to see "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

Great news folks! I have been offered two (2) tickets to give away to my readers, to attend the 20th abominaversary edition of "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy" at the Red Sandcastle Theatre November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm, Toronto, Canada.

Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy

The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy is a play by Eric Woolfe (House at Poe Corner, Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show) who uses puppets and close-up magic based on the Faust Legend. An eerie tale of unholy larceny and Klondike gold. Based on the sworn testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. Strange things loom in the midday moon, where lost men moil for gold.

The show runs from November 13 - November 24th 3019.  If you don't want to leave your tickets to chance, you can purchase them directly at

I will be holding a random draw for the pair of tickets.  (There will be one winner.)  The draw results will be posted by Thursday October 31st.

To enter:
  1. Log into the RaffleCopter widget below, using Facebook or a valid email address.
  2. Mandatory: Leave a comment in the widget, telling me what you think is the scariest magical effect (either to perform or to watch).
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information so that we can coordinate your prize with the Eldritch Theatre box office.

The fine print:
  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One entry per person.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec. (Je m'excuse!)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may email it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your email is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
  • This giveaway may be terminated or withdrawn at any time.
  • Entries my be disqualified at any time (reasons for disqualification include but are not limited to the provision of information that is untruthful, inaccurate, incomplete, or suspected fraudulent behaviour).
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and accommodations will not be provided.
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets at the the Eldritch Theatre box office prior to the show on your way into the theatre.
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  • Contest closes on Tuesday October the 29th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

With thanks to the Eldritch Theatre for generously making these tickets available to you!

Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy - photo credit Lyon Smith
Photo By: Lyon Smith

a Rafflecopter giveaway

27 April 2019

Toronto: Sword and Sorcery school

From the Edritch Theatre:
Eldritch Theatre’s First Ever
Sword and Sorcery Summer School
a summer camp for nerds and geeks

Monday, July 15th to Friday, July 19th 2019
Ages 9 to 14
The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East

Read more and register.

From the Edritch Theatre Twitter feed:

11 July 2017

Toronto: The Lamentable Absurdical Chronicle of Punch and Judy

From the Eldritch Theatre Twitter feed:
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11 June 2017

Dora Nominations for "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

Congratulations Eric! Wishing you the best for June 26th!

From the Toronto Alliances for the Performing Arts:
Eldritch Theatre’s Eric Woolfe is up for Outstanding New Play for The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy and Outstanding Performance - Male in same.

Read more.

From Eric Woolfe's Facebook page:

20 May 2017

Toronto: The Circus of Industrious Fleas

Catch Eric Woolfe as Buster Canfield, the world’s greatest flea circus impresario at Harbourfront Centre Sat, May 20 – Mon, May 22, 2017.

From the Harbourfront Centre blog:
Step right up, Toronto! The world’s greatest flea circus impresario is back in town and ready to astound and amaze you with his menagerie of mite sized mini-marvels.

We caught up with Buster Canfield before his performance in the Studio Theatre this weekend to tell us more about the greatest trained fleas to ever hop the Earth and what audiences can expect to see at HarbourKIDS: Circus!

Harbourfront Centre: How did you get your start as a flea circus impresario?

Buster Canfield: Well, ever since I was little, I wanted to run a circus, but I could never afford an apartment big enough to live with all the monkeys and lions and elephants. Let alone the big wagons and tents. And then, once, I lived in this place that had a lousy superintendent who was too cheap to spring for a good fumigator. Pretty soon, I realized if I mixed those two problems together, I could make my dreams come true.

Harbourfront Centre: What do you look for in a circus flea?

Read more and buy tickets.

05 November 2016

Toronto: Eric Woolfe in "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

From Owen Anderson's post in the IBM Ring 17 Facebook page:
There is a cool one-man show show running in Toronto until November 13th that features numerous magic routines as part of its narrative of the Klondike gold rush.
Performed by Eric Woolfe who performed at the Browsers Bash two years ago. f.y.i.

From the Eldrich Theatre:
Eric Woolfe and Samara Nicholds formed Eldritch Theatre in 1999 and has since been nominated 15 times for Dora Awards for their outstanding horror productions. Eldritch shows are "Toronto’s Spookiest Stage Shows” (Torontoist) and in “Toronto’s Top 5 Shows To See” (Culture Trip). This fall make Eldritch Theatre a tradition as it’s a “great way to continue the Halloween spirit,” (NOW Magazine). 

“An eerie tale of unholy larceny and Klondike gold. Based on the sworn testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal....Strange things loom in the midday moon, where lost men moil for gold.”

The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy is a new play by Eric Woolfe (House at Poe Corner, Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show)) who uses puppets and close-up magic based on the Faust Legend. Our hero, Brimstone, is caught up in the Canadian Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.  An alchemy of historical fact, ancient legend, true stories of Old West grifters and card sharps, the works of HP Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and Robert Service, and a good deal of heartbreak and whimsy, this epic tale tells the story of a two-bit conman and how he lost his true love to the dark spirits of the North as a result of his greed and lust for gold and “the sure thing” game.

Read more and buy tickets.

19 June 2013

Toronto: Buster Canfield and His Amazing Fleas

Playing various dates in July and August.

From Brown Paper Tickets:
Ladies & Gentlemen Boys and Girls of all ages!
Step right up and behold the most miraculous manifestation of mite-sized marvelosity ever to appear on any stage!

Buster Canfield's Circus of Industrious Fleas!

Come one, come all!
Be stunned!
Be astounded!
Scratch your skin with delight at our microscopic, entomic entertainment!
"Little creatures can do Marvelous Things."

Buster Canfield & His Industrious Fleas is a TYA play for solo actor, puppets, masks, parlour magic, and the Greatest Humbug Flea Circus ever seen on any stage!

Buster is a small boy, growing up in Port Hope, Ontario in the late 1800s. He is small for his age, shy, bullied, and feels overwhelmed by the world around him. His life changes when meets a mysterious old man from Europe by the name of Louis Bertolotto.

Read more and purchase tickets.