Erindale queries ‘Wherefore are thou, Dromio?’ Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
            Shakespeare’s early ‘Comedy of Errors’ holds a special attraction for this scribe. As a teenager, I spent an inordinate amount of fun time with identical twins. They were so indistinguishable that I referred to them by their family name rather than their personal appellation. Their mirthful shenanigans included alternating driving lessons; utilizing a single license, and exchanging partners during a double-date. Theatre Erindale’s director David Matheson has opted to emphasize the comedy aspect of the play and the result is continual hilarity.  Photo by Jim Smagata

Guzik & Wamsley ( the Syracuse duo) confronting Avery Logan

Guzik & Wamsley ( the Syracuse duo) confronting Avery Logan

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Passe Muraille tributes Cohen’s compositions Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
In a sharp-angled room piled high with crumpled papers, there is writing on the walls, a guitar in one corner, a bottle of liquor on a wooden table (which later transforms into a keyboard). The lights flicker off and on.  A youngish man, casually dressed, enters, sits down at the table, writes a few words; and then crumples another paper.  Suddenly, there is a burst of accordion music.  A man in cabaret costume and white makeup breaks into the room, followed by women in chamber-maid outfits, and musicians with bass, violin, drums.       Welcome to the Chelsea Hotel 

The performers of "Chelsea Hotel"

The performers of “Chelsea Hotel”  (Photo by Rachel McCaig)

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Learie McNicolls Dances outside the Box Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
        Learie McNicolls’ newest creation, Once I Lived in the Box, at Artword Artbar in Hamilton, was a powerful, yet intimate, piece of choreography. The dancer and choreographer left Trinidad, in 1974,worked in Vancouver, spent many years dancing with various companies in Toronto but now lives and works in Hamilton.  McNicolls’ powerful dance, combined with music, spoken words, and visuals on a screen, was performed with a trio of women dancers: Angela Del Franco, Sharon Harvey, and Tanis MacArthurEdgardo Moreno’s audio soundscape set the pace with electronic music and recorded blues with electronic modulation.

the dancers, on stage; photo by R. Weihs

the dancers, on stage; photo by R. Weihs

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“GEMMA NEW Conducts!” successfully. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Back in April of 2014, the first of the H.P.O.’s candidates for music director conducted an awesome performance of Saint-Saëns violin concerto and Beethoven’s Pastorale 6th symphony. Her post-concert answers and rationales to queries by yours truly were succinct and coherent. To say that we were impressed would be an understatement and a subtle hint of our selection choice was hidden within the column. We’re pleased that she was selected and join the rest of the Hamilton community in welcoming her. Last evening’s concert highlighted contemporary (sort of) Russian composers.

Conductor NEW addressing the HPO audience

Conductor NEW addressing the HPO audience

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Additions to our O.A.R. contributors Reply

Editorial by Terry Gaisin
     Lately; the major media has been inconsistent in coverage of things cultural, thus demand for our efforts has increased exponentially. In order to fulfill additional reportage requests, we’ve asked Judith Robinson to assist as associate editor; and recruited the following additions to our contributor list. All possess knowledge and an affection for the arts. We’re fortunate to have them join our family.

David and Jan Richards are consummate music lovers who met at the opera 25 years ago. They both have undergraduate degrees in music—David trained as a pianist and choral director, and Jan as a double-bassist.Reviewers Dave & Jan More…

“CHEATERS”; “sometimes DO prosper” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Michael Jacobs play ‘CHEATERS’ comes in two versions; seems critics; audiences and the playwright himself decided the original needed tweaking. Can’t say if W.E.S.T.’s presentation is ‘101’ or 2.0, but while the play may be dated, the rendering now at the Oakville Centre until Feb. 7th is a critic’s nightmare…so perfectly produced; directed; staged and acted as to leave no little kvetch for this scribe to prove I was paying attention throughout the performance. It’s that immaculate a piece of theatre and a thespian gem. 

The cast (& crew) of West’s “CHEATERS”

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