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

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“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

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Sheridan’s ‘HELLO DOLLY… ♫ It’s got ‘Elegance’ ♪ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Thornton Wilder’s “Matchmaker” is an outdated descriptive (except for some Southeast Asian cultures) that’s been replaced by such websites as E-Harmony™. However, the story and concept can still bring on a touch of nostalgia, especially if modernized by Broadway’s Michael Stewart & Jerry Herman. Hello Dolly is the musical account of Dolly Levi; the eponymous ‘Shiksa with a Yiddishe kop! Director Avery Saltzman has fortuitously fashioned an interpretation that has only heroes/heroines…no villains.

The Yonkers citizens of HELLO, DOLLY

The Yonkers citizens of HELLO, DOLLY

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‘YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN’; it’s really Alive Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Considering the gamut & levels of theatre that critics have the opportunity to witness, most of us 5th Estate types categorize or pigeon-hole the various genera; naturally, leeway is afforded to amateur and community ensembles. Clarkson Music Theatre’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN requires no such latitude…it’s as professional as any mainstream company; Shaw, CanStage & Stratford included! This musical (& very much alive) version of Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie hit is even more fun than its film original.

Dr. Freddie Frankenstein & his entourage

Dr. Freddie Frankenstein & his entourage

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“Colours in the Storm”; an incomplete canvas 3

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

During the 1st World War, a guy named Tom Thomson invented GPS and named it after his own nomenclature – “TOM TOM”! FALSE, Untrue, Bogus…he was a painter that was associated with, but not part of Canada’s “Group of Seven” (actually 11!). The circumstances of his death in Algonquin is still a mystery and Jim Betts’ musical offers up two resolutions for the audience’s selection. Neither is prioritized but rather strictly submitted. The Oakville Players and its talented director Mary Rose make the event seem contemporary.

The inhabitants & guests of Mowat Lodge up in Algonquin

The inhabitants & guests of Mowat Lodge up in Algonquin

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“Kiss Me Kate”; ‘just misses the-lips’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny

In 1948, composer Cole Porter re-established himself as Broadway’s biggie with the staging of Kiss Me Kate. His previous success had been “Anything Goes” fifteen year earlier. Unlike the Gershwin’s; Rogers & Hart; Adler & Ross; the Lerner/Lowe duo; Kander & Ebb and especially the Rogers &Hammerstein II collaboration; Porter also wrote his own lyrics … some were doozies. His ironic Kate’ number about ‘brushing up on one’s Shakespeare’ still gleans giggles. Rhyming “flatter her” with ‘Cleopaterer’ or “clothes mussing” with ‘much ado about nussing’ may not quite scan – but who cares!

The 'Paduans' performing "TAMING" in "Baltimo"

The ‘Paduans’ performing “TAMING” in “Baltimo”

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