The Sound of Music; “a really Big Shew” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
In 1959, after tryouts in Montreal, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway and became an immediate hit. Staging it today is a big undertaking…big production; big cast and big challenge. Theatre Unlimited has delineated its registered name by successfully accomplishing reprising one of ‘my favorite things’ at Mississauga’s Meadowvale Theatre and it is an amazingly professional product. The T.U. team deserves an “A+” for both effort and result.

The [large] cast of SOUND OF MUSIC

The [large] cast of SOUND OF MUSIC

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H.P.O.’s candidate no. 5 – Theodore Kuchar Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
The Hamilton Philharmonic has a new addition. Percussionist Ernest Portman introduced a glockenspiel to his other rhythm family. It’s a musical instrument, not a semi-automatic sidearm, with a tone and reverberation that is a symphonic enhancement.
There is a subtle HPO difference noticeable under different batons; both sound and individual postures. Guest conductor Theodore Kuchar seems to have established a certain rapport with the musicians that manifests itself in a conspicuously more relaxed and comfortable demeanor.

Cerovsek & Kuchar performing the Glazunov concerto

Cerovsek & Kuchar performing the Glazunov concerto

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“Oleanna”: A Thought Provoking Play Reply

Review by Ailine Hessreviewer Ailine Hess
               The Collegiate Players and their director, Michael Smith, chose “Oleanna” by David Mamet for their debut production at the Staircase Café Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton. Performances took place on January 15th- 17th. The first act opens with a professor sitting at a slightly cluttered desk speaking animatedly with his wife on the phone while a student is sitting waiting for him to finish. Even though it’s a one-sided conversation, John, played by Mark Christopherson in his stage debut performance, draws the audience in immediately.

the protagonists of "OLEANNA"

the protagonists of “OLEANNA”

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Another successful combo from D.L.T. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
The arrangement of presenting two short plays with a common theme seems to be a successful concept for Dundas Little Theatre. The October ‘Infidelity’ duo was a success and the current stage effort “The Play’s The Thing” certainly merits accolades. Directed by Peter Lloyd, Rattigan’s 67-year-old comedy – ‘Harlequinade’ bootlegs the genus of the 17th century pantomime. Under Lloyd’s construal, we can deride and lampoon the egocentricity of committed theatre folk who can only view the world as it relates to the stage.

Brown, Simmons; Gross & Blackmore in 'IMPROMPTU'

Brown, Simmons; Gross & Blackmore in ‘IMPROMPTU’

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Jesus Christ Superstar @ Hart House is #AWESOME Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Normally I have some sort of well-thought-out anecdote or analogy to say before I get down to the nitty-gritty of my review, but this time I’m just going to get right to it and say that Jesus Christ Superstar at U of T’s Hart House Theatre is absolutely fantastic and one of the best adaptations of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock opera I have ever seen.
This musical can admittedly be difficult to pull off due to the vocal range needed for some (or all) of the main characters and the general complexity of the score.

The torment & mockery of Jesus

The torment & mockery of Jesus

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5 @ the 1st; “Czech Celebration” 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Ever wonder why composers, citizens or musicians from the Czechoslovakian Republic aren’t called ‘Checkers’? ‘Cuz the Americans patented the name for their version of draughts! This weekend the Mercer team presented a string celebration of Czech music and the guests and selections made it a standout concert. The opening works were arranged and performed by Hamilton’s talented teen cellists, Maximilian & Theodor Aoki. Pieces by Michael Jackson and the Tedder/Filkins pop rock team were ably performed, but unfortunately both opuses were repetitious with pedestrian variations.

Berick,Koczo,Mercer,Desoer,Boyle & Rudolph, performing Dvorak

Berick,Koczo,Mercer,Desoer,Boyle & Rudolph, performing Dvorak

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