Fina & Kelly; Grazie; merci; obrigado; gracias; thanks Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
The vocally talented Emilio Fina and we Gaisin’s are kindred spirits in our dedication to culture. Emilio has tried to slow the decline of community opera; i.e. the non-C.O.C. aggregations. Alternatively, we have involved ourselves with media promotion, positive criticism and publication. Alas, the struggle seems a losing proposition. The K-W Opera is gone and last year saw the demise of Opera Hamilton. Yet there’s certainly enough money around for such circuses as the Pan Am games. Tenor Emilio seems to have thrown in the towel and gone over to the mainstream of pop.

Rachelle Kelly; Emilio Fina & Connie Smith...post-recital

Rachelle Kelly; Emilio Fina & Connie Smith…post-recital

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Two Juliets; OMG & LOL Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Finally had an opportunity to visit the local franchise of YUK YUK’s ™ in order to observe the comedy of The Two Juliets and their guest ‘Fringe-ist’ Rebecca Perry. The venue; the performers and the guest artist made for a delightful evening.
YukYuk’s franchisee Gary Reed is also the proprietor of the “Anchor Bar” Cdn ver. 2.1; New York’s iconic oasis and Buffalo wings creator back in the day. Both the muse and I had some delightful meals and get-togethers at the original.

 Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett on YUK YUK's stage

Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett on YUK YUK’s stage

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“Little Women”; spunky thespian opportunity Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

“Little Women” was the category that my husband insisted upon before accepting any blind dates. I guess being vertically challenged has its benefits too. Louisa M. Alcott wrote a novel back in 1868 about four sisters during the Civil War that was part of my pre-teen bibliography. The heroine is spunky Jo March. Watching the Sheridan Theatre performance, I kept thinking of the famous Mary Tyler Moore show episode where Editor Lou Grant states “You’ve got spunk – I HATE spunk”!

The March's & their neighbors of Concord Mass.; circa 1863

The March’s & their neighbors of Concord Mass.; circa 1863

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Sheridan’s ‘HELLO DOLLY… ♫ It’s got ‘Elegance’ ♪ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Thornton Wilder’s “Matchmaker” is an outdated descriptive (except for some Southeast Asian cultures) that’s been replaced by such websites as E-Harmony™. However, the story and concept can still bring on a touch of nostalgia, especially if modernized by Broadway’s Michael Stewart & Jerry Herman. Hello Dolly is the musical account of Dolly Levi; the eponymous ‘Shiksa with a Yiddishe kop! Director Avery Saltzman has fortuitously fashioned an interpretation that has only heroes/heroines…no villains.

The Yonkers citizens of HELLO, DOLLY

The Yonkers citizens of HELLO, DOLLY

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H.P.O. a “Top Ten” contender evening 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

After two consecutive years of inclusion in the O.A.R.’s Top Ten listings (2011 –Sommerville, & 2012 under guest Matthew Kraemer of BPO); a two-year absence. Last evening’s concert under podium-candidate Stilian Kirov and guest soloist Blake Pouliot is a sure-fire contender for inclusion in our upcoming list! The concert was a technical, emotional, and performance gem. Only superlatives will do to describe any of these production aspects. Each of the three selected works demonstrated a specific facet of an orchestral concert.

Blake Pouliot, Yrs.truly & Stilian Kirov; post concert

Blake Pouliot; Yrs.truly & Stilian Kirov; post concert

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