“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”


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

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


“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”


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


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


“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