“One Hit Wonders”; precious; funky; & groovy Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor              Recollection can be a blissful sensation. Seeing a carefully restored old motorcar stirs ancillary memories of places and people I associate with a 50’s Chevy Belair; Desoto hemi-head; Mercury Montclair; or Ford Fairlane. Songs also bestir memories and THEATRE ANCASTER’s production that tributes those ONE HIT WONDERS) is more than just a romp through six musical decades. No plot-line, but projected video excerpts or TV interviews offer additional mental stimulants. The result is a satisfying evening’s entertainment highlighting forty songs that bestowed the proverbial 15 minutes of fame for their performers.

The contagious energy of Ancaster's "ONE HIT WONDERS"

The contagious energy of Ancaster’s “ONE HIT WONDERS”

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“LES MIZ”; by Aurora’s Marquee Productions – a standout’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To study Hugo’s colossal ‘Les Misérables’ is a titanic undertaking. First tried the original French, but switched to a more portable English translation. Finally, settled on the Digest version but even the Coles Notes™ text was so dramatic, so well written and so dynamic that once started- couldn’t be laid aside. Director Alexander Galant’s rendering of LES MIZ is just as captivating and the audience will be completely ensnared in the plot; its progress, and certainly its message.

"Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons" pour la liberte

“Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons” pour la liberte

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“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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