New Magic Valley Fun Town

Daniel MacIvor
January 24, 2019 - February 10, 2019
Preview - January 23, 2019
A comic drama about survivors and those who love them

A World Première, a co-production with Tarragon Theatre 

In his Cape Breton trailer park home, Dougie is preparing for a visit from his boyhood friend Allen, whom he hasn't seen in 25 years. Everything starts off great, laughs are had and embarrassing memories shared. But as the evening wears on, shadows from the past emerge and questions resurface about what things appear to be and what they really are; what we remember and what we choose to forget. With themes of family dysfunction, lost love, new passions, and the machinations of small town personal dramas, this play seeks to offer healing for the vulnerable who have suffered injustice at the hands of the powerful. 

"MacIvor sees connections hidden to most and makes exquisite theatre in the process." -

Audience Advisory: while full of comedic moments, this play also touches on sensitive issues such as the aftermath of past trauma.

Running Time: approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

  • What our Audiences Say

    “One of the most memorable experiences I have ever had in the theatre! Overwhelmingly powerful.” – Lawrie Cherniack

    “This play @prairietheatre is loving and funny and heartbreaking. Playwright Daniel MacIvor such a silly and profound observer of the nuances of human nature. He is also a gifted actor as is each cast member. Go see this play! I'm going to see it a second time and bringing my friends.” – Terry MacLeod

    “Yes! A wonderful play so well performed. The best entertainment in Winnipeg and one of the very best plays ever at PTE.” – Lynn & Bill Shead

    Loved this. Definitely one of my favorites. Great cast. Emotional, funny, heartbreaking, soul-searching. You don't want to miss this one. Debut play was in Winnipeg. See this when it comes to your city. Still time to see it in Wpg. Thanks to the 4 performers for making this so real!” – Lynda Gilchuk

    “Captivating production” – Katherine Hinther

    “Highly recommend seeing this play. Brilliant playwright and actor Daniel MacIvor with the rest of the amazing actors deliver a funny and poignant story that’s never “in your face” on the impact of certain events, not just to the people directly involved, but also to those closest to them. I was fortunate to see the world premiere last night at PTE. After its run here in Winnipeg, those living in Halifax and Toronto will be able to see it at the Neptune Theatre and Tarragon Theatre respectively.” – Kona Kay

    “Great play! Very entertaining and skillfully crafted story of survival, resilience and healing, handling sensitive material in an everyday, relatable way! I highly recommend this play! Thank you, Daniel MacIvor.” – Mintie Grienke

    “What a fantastic production!! Thank you for always being innovative and getting new plays in WINNIPEG!!” – meg.jo9

    “Another amazing show and performance by Daniel McIvor and the cast & crew. Theatre is a safe space to present unsafe ideas.”- Collin Wynter

    “It was so moving!” - jbramadatit

    “Was absolutely fabulous....we are so lucky to have such an important theatre in Winnipeg.” – Shirley Lord

    “This play is among the best I have seen at PTE.” – Nancy McDowell-Kok
  • What the Critics Say

    "4.5 stars. The cast is superb….a great, funny, scary and heartbreaking performance” – Winnipeg Free Press

    “…a rollercoaster ride punctuated with notes of comedy, poignant drama, horror and poetry” – Winnipeg Free Press
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    “By turns funny and tragic, New Magic Valley Fun Town is well worth a visit.” – CBC Manitoba
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Caroline Gillis
Stephanie MacDonald
Daniel MacIvor
Andrew Moodie

Director: Richard Rose
Set Design: Brian Perchaluk
Costume Design: Brenda McLean
Lighting Design: Kimberly Purtell
Sound Design & Original Music: Don Benedictson
Choreography: Brenda Gorlick
Assistant Director: Audrey Dwyer
Stage Manager: Marinda de Beer
Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Duggan

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