‘GRAND HOTEL’, “Call for Philip Dramaturge” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Mississauga Players’ in-house-authored bit of fluff plays strictly for laughs; and in that context – succeeds. As theatre, both the playwright and director need a smidgen of dramaturgical tweaking. Frank De Francesco’s pastiche ‘GRAND HOTEL’ presents six situations occurring on New Year’s Eve, as a long-suffering bellboy retires and a young replacement is thrust into the position of night manager. His involvements with the diverse hotel guests range from improbable to downright absurd. All are giggle-gleaning situations.

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

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Hamilton Philharmonic, a Grand Finale Reply

Review by Ailine Hess
The Hamilton Philharmonic closed its 2014-2015 season at Hamilton Place with a concert was directed by former conductor James Sommerville, who also appeared as the soloist for the evening. The program included major orchestral works from the 18th and19th centuries. The concert opened with Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495. This work was completed in 1786 and was composed for Ignaz Leutgeb. Many soloists conduct while performing, but the French horn soloist plus conductor present unique challenges.

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa '08

Sommerville with Natalie Choquette & Alex Baran, circa ’08

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“The Execution of Eddie Slovik”; a ‘bull’s eye’ for Kayson Productions Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
He was the only American soldier executed for desertion since the Civil War and some still consider it a blot on Military justice. Based on W.B. Huie’s 1954 book; Robert Knuckle has crafted a balanced and almost objective iteration of this sorry chapter in American history. Under the aegis and delicate touch of Willard Boudreau; who is neither maudlin nor melodramatic, Kayson Productions of Dundas has staged a perfect and dramatic gem. We were fascinated and touched.

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

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“CROOKBACK”, or Fun with Dick & Anne; +Liz; +Isabel etc. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
Shakespeare’s Richard III is a convoluted yet still fascinating play 6 centuries after his death at Bosworth – the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses and the House of York. The interpretive envelope-push had to be the Dreyfuss reading in ‘The Goodbye Girl”; but Tim Welham’s one-man definition is an incredible thespian piece of artistry. For 1¼ hours, Welham captures not only the physically flawed but morally challenged British King. By amazingly diverse facial expression; body language; voices and stance, the audience meets each of his friends, associates, victims and relatives.

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

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Hamilton Philharmonic Orch. – “NEW” & improved Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Just over a year ago, the H. P. O. began auditioning for a replacement artistic director/conductor. Like all those companies that market kitchen and laundry detergent, they wanted to announce something ‘New and Improved’. The first candidate was a young woman from down-under and according to this scribe; the evening was “A melodic banquet”. The major selection – a personal Beethoven favorite and the guest conductor was maestra Gemma New.

conductor NEW & editor TERRY

conductor NEW & editor TERRY

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“Michèle Tredger”; in concert Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

Attending a musical concert is usually an opportunity to hear familiar favorites or recognizable nostalgic pieces. Unlike listening to the same works on one’s stereo or CD player; the performing artist should contribute some reminiscence, trivia and background to introduce each piece. But most important is the addition of the entertainer’s individuality that makes an evening special. Michèle Tredger has a personality that almost outshines her full-range soprano voice, and both were on display at her Beth Jacob fundraising event.

Proux, Tredger & Bitton in performance

Proux, Tredger & Bitton in performance

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