Passe Muraille tributes Cohen’s compositions Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
In a sharp-angled room piled high with crumpled papers, there is writing on the walls, a guitar in one corner, a bottle of liquor on a wooden table (which later transforms into a keyboard). The lights flicker off and on.  A youngish man, casually dressed, enters, sits down at the table, writes a few words; and then crumples another paper.  Suddenly, there is a burst of accordion music.  A man in cabaret costume and white makeup breaks into the room, followed by women in chamber-maid outfits, and musicians with bass, violin, drums.       Welcome to the Chelsea Hotel 

The performers of "Chelsea Hotel"

The performers of “Chelsea Hotel”  (Photo by Rachel McCaig)

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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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“Hello Dolly”; ♪ it`s so nice to have you back… ♫ Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Back in the Nineteenth century there was a popular one-act play about a special day in the lives of some young people. Thornton Wilder pirated the plot for his 1938 ‘Merchant of Yonkers’ tale. Seventeen years later he updated the story as ‘The Matchmaker”. Less than a decade later Merrick turned it into a 2800 performance Broadway musical starring Carol Channing. Since then, “HELLO DOLLY” is almost continually on stage somewhere in America. Now it’s CMT’s turn in the barrel and the result is a ‘gantza megillah’ [big deal!]

The Harmonia Gardens staff welcome DOLLY- back where she belongs

                                       The Harmonia Gardens staff welcome DOLLY- back where she belongs

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The Hamilton FRINGE, 2015 1

 

Ham'n Fringe logo       After a three-year hiatus, the editorial staff of ONTARIO ARTS REVIEW has decided to conclude its boycott, citing a positive change in the Fringe’s Directors. Every Festival demands only the highest level of professional attitude. 

A THOUSAND NATURAL SHOCKS  Hamilton Theatre Inc.
NYC- ‘Garner; Ferguson- Brown; LA- Ford; CLEVELAND- Rice; MADISON- Robinson, all recent front-page headlines about Police shootings, even Toronto had one on the TTC. But the follow-ups about what really happened or the effect on the officer usually end up buried in section two – BTF. Writer/producer Bryan Boodhoo and director Luis Arrojo scrutinize and explore the emotional effect on said police officer. More…

“SWEET CHARITY”, ♪ some fun, laughs; good times ♫ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Neil Simon’s reiteration of Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” was an immediate Broadway hit. Understandable as it has all the ingredients: – memorable music; clever dialogue; comedic moments coupled with pathos and clever lyrics. SHAW’s rendering is gem-like from the opening “You’ve got Mail”-type projected credits and Charity’s belting out of “You should see yourself”. The pace is frenetic; the cast superb and Morris Panych’s direction is faultless. This has to be an O.A.R. Top Ten list contender.  Photo courtesy of SHAW’s David Cooper

SWEET CHARITY's Julie Martell & her subway riding cast

SWEET CHARITY’s Julie Martell & her subway riding cast

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SHAW;’s “Peter & the Starcatcher”; LOL 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
              Have you ever wondered why Peter Pan picked the Darling residence for his nightly visits? Rick Elice’s play based on the Barry/Pearson prequel offers a rational theoretic explanation and Jackie Maxwell visually articulates the historic datum. The SHAW FESTIVAL’s artistic director goes straight for the humorus rather than the cerebrum…and the result is 2½ hours of continual laughter. The Mermaid scene will forever raise the bar for any theatre staging South Pacific’s “Honey Bun” number!     Photo courtesy of David Cooper

the antagonists of "PETER & THE STARCATCHER" in a naval battle

the antagonists of “PETER & THE STARCATCHER” in a naval battle

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