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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“Caroline Wiles”; you can go back, through music Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Way back when we had just entered a new millennium and while being a gainfully employed member of the fifth estate; the editor insisted that I do a promo (read puff) piece about a local folk group. I loved classical music & enjoyed jazz but the only folk knowledge I had was hating Lightfoot for being repetitious and even worse –BORING. Went to the Oakville Centre’s basement; listened; enjoyed and thereafter attended as many of the concerts as I we could. We were hooked into the White Oaks Folk Club. *

l-r McCurlie; Wiles; Chisholm & Doidge, on stage

l-r McCurlie; Wiles; Chisholm & Doidge, on stage

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“Uncommon Women & others”; adult fare at Erindale Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

One of the more positive perks of doing what we do is the factual assurance that we’’ll attend an impeccably professional presentation by WEST; a Sheridan offering that’s of Broadway caliber; pure entertainment by the Meadowvale Communities’ trio; and a Top Tenner by Erindale.  Wendy Wassersteins’s 1977 “UNCOMMON WOMERN & OTHERS” is just another example of the veracity stated above. It’s polished; immaculately directed; well-cast and presented; shocking; and hilarious but with very human moments of pathos. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata

A very "7 Sisters" snobby Tea Party

                                                 A very “7 Sisters” snobby Tea Party

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BRAHMS & FRIENDS; a 5@1st Saturday afternoon Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

A capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed a 5 at the First concert themed around friendship. Three friends – Rachel Mercer, cello; clarinetist Guy Yehuda, and Peter Longworth, piano offered two pieces written by Brahms for his late-in -ife muse and friend Richard Muhlfeld, plus a contemporary Clarinet Trio titled ‘Among Friends’ by Canadian composer Ka Nin Chan. The concert opened with Yehuda and Longworth playing Brahms Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No 2. Brahms had already retired when he heard Muhlfeld playing and became interested in writing music for this marvelous instrument, and this particular piece is his final chamber composition.

Mercer; Longwoth & Yehuda; post-concert

Mercer; Longwoth & Yehuda; post-concert

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“SPAMALOT”, fun & games during the Black Plague Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
            Admission; – this unhip old-timer has never seen any of the Monty Python movies and had to Google® Eric Idle before starting this column! I did see John Cleese in ‘Wanda’ and viewed a TV bit about his ‘Silly Walks’ thing…end of my previous knowledge. Theatre Unlimited’s SPAMALOT, THE MUSICAL thus came without preconception or bias. It’s ridiculous; absurd; disjointed; mis-informational; anachronistic and politically incorrect. In other words – an awesome giggle from start to finish and we loved it! 

The medieval residents of Spamalot

                                                                                                                  The medieval residents of Spamalot

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