“The Last Five Years”; powerful recap of a relationship Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Creative Writing 101 teaches that any article or missive must start with a ‘hook’ to capture a reader’s attention. Same goes for live theatre and Daemon’s director Carl Pucl’s take on the Jason Brown autobiography “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” exemplifies this dictate perfectly. From within the audience’s Stage-right entry of Cathy, to the egress by her partner, ‘Jamie’ on the opposite side; attention is grabbed and firmly held until curtain 90 minutes later.

He's looking to a future; she's looking at him...the basis of THE LAST FIVE YEARS

He’s looking to a future; she’s looking at him…the basis of THE LAST FIVE YEARS

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“The Full Monty”, definitely worth SEEING Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

When Terrence McNally’s movie ‘The Full Monty” was screened, it struck a chord with audiences and became a blockbuster hit. The addition of almost memorable music and clever lyrics by David Yazbek, plus a relocation of site from Sheffield to Buffalo and City Centre Musical Productions have a totally professional presentation displayed on the Meadowvale Theatre stage. CCMP delivers impeccable directing; totally proficient crew & technical contribution worthy of ‘downtown’. As for the on-stage performers, there is not a single weak link.

the FULL MONTY's  almost synchronized Striptease rehearsal

the FULL MONTY’s almost synchronized Striptease rehearsal

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“ONCE”; Mirvish retains the integrity of the original Reply

Review by Shibley AhmedreviewerAhmed
               Eight years ago I stumbled upon a low-budget indie film that received enthusiastic reviews but very little public fanfare. It was a film that was about songwriting as much as it was about emotional survival. It was probably the pacing, unknown cast, or rudimentary way in which it was shot that could have driven people away from the box-office. However a year later it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and before you knew it, this little film from Ireland had the audience it deserved.

the Pub performers of "ONCE"

the Pub performers of “ONCE”

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“GREASE”; is the word; is the music; and is the title 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Dickens wrote about ‘The worst of times; the best of times” but he was referring to the French Revolution – not one’s teenaged years. Obviously he could have been signifying both, for most of us the 15 to 17 year-old era, was an emotional apogee and perigee. For playwrights it was a mother lode: – think “Rebel Without a cause; “American Graffiti”; ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and of course –“GREASE”.

The student body of Rydell High School...the GREASE cast

The student body of Rydell High School…the GREASE cast

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“In The Heights”, another Sheridan success Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Manhattan may be an ethnic melting pot but is in reality a collage of neighborhoods. Harlem runs from 96th to 155th, and Washington Heights comprise 156th to about 190th. Ellington’s famous “Take the A Train” was, and still is, the major North/South connector including a jog over (under) to Brooklyn. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “IN THE HEIGHTS” captures the spirit of immigrant Latinos settling into a ghetto of familiar and shared socio-economic environment. All iterated as a rap musical.
Director/Choreographer Marc Kimelman’s take is classy and certainly tasteful. *

The residents of "THE HEIGHTS"

The residents of “THE HEIGHTS”

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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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