“You Never Can Tell”…unless it’s by GBS Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
               The SHAW festival has evolved into more than just a showcase of George Bernard Shaw, Today’s audiences still have opportunities to observe the creativity of the renowned eponymous critic/playwright, knowing the result will be immaculately directed; powerfully cast and faultlessly executed. Shaw’s 1897 comedic scrutiny of period mores with its appreciation of evolving female emancipation contains the expected Shaw pithy lines including the waiter’s off-quoted “YOU NEVER CAN TELL”.  Great name for a play about being unable to tell about stuff.      Photo – David Cooper

Seaside dining with the Clandon clan!

Seaside dining with the Clandon clan!


“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


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

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


It’s TOR-FRINGE-Time again 1

by Danny Gaisin

For the past seven years “ONTARIO ARTS REVIEW” has endeavored to devote as much coverage to Toronto’s amazing FRINGE FESTIVAL as our contributors were physically able to critique. Starting next Wednesday July 1st, visitors will be able to view 150 live offerings at 28 different venues. Our team of Steve Marck; Terry Gaisin; Florence Roullet; Rhoda Regenstreif and yours truly will (hopefully) publish thumbnails (180-190 words) covering 20% of these If you happen to see any of us with our Press accreditation badges; please talk to us – we’d appreciate your input.

the "HEF" and his bunny coterie (HUGH & I; 2014)

the “HEF” and his bunny coterie (HUGH & I; 2014)


“The Mumberley Inheritance”; v- 2.0, …giggle, giggle, giggle! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Alas, the duty of a critic occasionally entails a redux to something recently seen. Our last Warren Graves’ “MUMBERLEY INHERITANCE” was a mere 14 weeks past. So, one paragraph will be strictly a reprise; all the rest of our Scarborough Theatre Guild’s analysis will be novel and hopefully as innovative as Mike Ranieri’s concept. His direction is creative and not just guiding the actors. Normal blocking is omitted; and an obviously loose rein on the dialogue permits improvisational ad-libbing.

The Scarborough Theatre Guild's MUMBERLEY cast

The Scarborough Theatre Guild’s MUMBERLEY cast


“STITCH”, leaves one awestruck; & in stitches Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

If you ever see a remount of any theatre piece, chances are, it is being remounted for a reason. “Stitch” by Cliff Cardinal is one such piece that deserves to be remounted again and again. This brilliant piece of theatre about a porn star’s life through the industry as well as having to struggle with her own self-image is beautifully written, and will have you cringing, crying and laughing all at once. Not for the faint of heart, but very worth seeing.

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in "Stitch"

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in “Stitch”