“Béatrice & Bénédict”; the best of enemies! Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Toronto’s METRO YOUTH OPERAS refers to the cast/crew; not the audience judging by the plethora of canes and white hairs; including us. Another hint, only one or two of ten grabbed their I-pads as soon as the houselights went on. If we were the under-thirty crowd, that figure would be 98.7%! Schlepped in from the ‘burbs to see ‘Béatrice & Bénédict; Berlioz’ comedic opera based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing”. It was worth the trip!

The "Lovers" - Beatrice & Benedict in a moment of passion

The “Lovers” – Beatrice & Benedict in a moment of passion

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“Double header by D.L.T.”- Valiant & Dock Brief Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

This season has seen Dundas Little Theatre offer two-fer presentations based on a common theme. Both Hall & Middlemass’ THE VALIANT and John Mortimer’s THE DOCK BRIEF deal with capital convictions, albeit from both thespian-designed interpretive masks. The former takes its name from a familiar line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Act II, scene 2; the latter – a formal term from British jurisprudence. Crime & punishment proves fertile soil & subject for theatre.
Director Brenda Ewing stages ‘The Valiant’ by carefully avoiding any denouement telegraphy.

the protagonists of 'THE VALIANT'

the protagonists of ‘THE VALIANT’

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A RISE – to Independent Theatre Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

New theatre is the life blood of our art. New theatre gives artists the opportunity to be recognized and be better known in the community. New theatre is ridiculously hard to do in Toronto due to the enormous expenses involved with staging a show. Thanks to Why Not Theatre with their most recent initiative – The RISER Project; new works, emerging and indie artists are being given the chance to showcase and perform in spaces that would have otherwise been too expensive to use.

a pensive moment in "LITTLE DEATH"

a pensive moment in “LITTLE DEATH”

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“The Magic of Bach”, a glorious baroque evening Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith

The final concert of the Musikay series was held on Saturday, at Oakville’s St. John’s Church. It was an evening of classical Baroque music, as well as recent, but all with the contrast of solo; ensemble including the precision and monody associated with Baroque works. The evening opened with one of six motets written for 8 voices by J.S. Bach; so essentially each of the choir members was singing their own part and the whole was a complicated and very beautiful piece so typical of the composer.

The vocal soloists, with  keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

The vocal soloists, with keyboarder Walker at left & cellist Moersh at each end

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“One Hit Wonders”; precious; funky; & groovy Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor              Recollection can be a blissful sensation. Seeing a carefully restored old motorcar stirs ancillary memories of places and people I associate with a 50’s Chevy Belair; Desoto hemi-head; Mercury Montclair; or Ford Fairlane. Songs also bestir memories and THEATRE ANCASTER’s production that tributes those ONE HIT WONDERS) is more than just a romp through six musical decades. No plot-line, but projected video excerpts or TV interviews offer additional mental stimulants. The result is a satisfying evening’s entertainment highlighting forty songs that bestowed the proverbial 15 minutes of fame for their performers.

The contagious energy of Ancaster's "ONE HIT WONDERS"

The contagious energy of Ancaster’s “ONE HIT WONDERS”

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Mercer-Oh trio; part of 5@1st series Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Mercer-Oh Trio offered an afternoon of very interesting music in their 5 at The First series on Saturday afternoon. The concert began with Concertino #1 by Julius Klengel played by 11 year old Maya Grittani on cello, accompanied by EJ Kim on piano. Grittani’s playing was technically awesome, she will be a player definitely to be heard when she matures adding emotional colour & depth. Right now her rational approach is appropriate for her age and quite refreshing. She chose a piece difficult enough to show her mastery of the instrument without being overwhelmed.

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

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