“The Execution of Eddie Slovik”; a ‘bull’s eye’ for Kayson Productions Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
He was the only American soldier executed for desertion since the Civil War and some still consider it a blot on Military justice. Based on W.B. Huie’s 1954 book; Robert Knuckle has crafted a balanced and almost objective iteration of this sorry chapter in American history. Under the aegis and delicate touch of Willard Boudreau; who is neither maudlin nor melodramatic, Kayson Productions of Dundas has staged a perfect and dramatic gem. We were fascinated and touched.

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

The Sloviks:- aka Austin Rudanieki & Andrea Adcock

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“CROOKBACK”, or Fun with Dick & Anne; +Liz; +Isabel etc. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
Shakespeare’s Richard III is a convoluted yet still fascinating play 6 centuries after his death at Bosworth – the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses and the House of York. The interpretive envelope-push had to be the Dreyfuss reading in ‘The Goodbye Girl”; but Tim Welham’s one-man definition is an incredible thespian piece of artistry. For 1¼ hours, Welham captures not only the physically flawed but morally challenged British King. By amazingly diverse facial expression; body language; voices and stance, the audience meets each of his friends, associates, victims and relatives.

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

Tim Welham as RICHARD III

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“Béatrice & Bénédict”; the best of enemies! Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Toronto’s METRO YOUTH OPERAS refers to the cast/crew; not the audience judging by the plethora of canes and white hairs; including us. Another hint, only one or two of ten grabbed their I-pads as soon as the houselights went on. If we were the under-thirty crowd, that figure would be 98.7%! Schlepped in from the ‘burbs to see ‘Béatrice & Bénédict; Berlioz’ comedic opera based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing”. It was worth the trip!

The "Lovers" - Beatrice & Benedict in a moment of passion

The “Lovers” – Beatrice & Benedict in a moment of passion

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“Double header by D.L.T.”- Valiant & Dock Brief 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

This season has seen Dundas Little Theatre offer two-fer presentations based on a common theme. Both Hall & Middlemass’ THE VALIANT and John Mortimer’s THE DOCK BRIEF deal with capital convictions, albeit from both thespian-designed interpretive masks. The former takes its name from a familiar line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Act II, scene 2; the latter – a formal term from British jurisprudence. Crime & punishment proves fertile soil & subject for theatre.
Director Brenda Ewing stages ‘The Valiant’ by carefully avoiding any denouement telegraphy.

the protagonists of 'THE VALIANT'

the protagonists of ‘THE VALIANT’

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A RISE – to Independent Theatre Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

New theatre is the life blood of our art. New theatre gives artists the opportunity to be recognized and be better known in the community. New theatre is ridiculously hard to do in Toronto due to the enormous expenses involved with staging a show. Thanks to Why Not Theatre with their most recent initiative – The RISER Project; new works, emerging and indie artists are being given the chance to showcase and perform in spaces that would have otherwise been too expensive to use.

a pensive moment in "LITTLE DEATH"

a pensive moment in “LITTLE DEATH”

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“You say tomato, I say Shut up!” – loving, farting & bickering Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Journalism 101: – “Only write about things you know”. American literary celebs Gurwitch & Kahn created a comedic insightful look at their own marriage; its pitfalls, achievements and most of all – differing interpretations. What could be more rational for Galahad Productions’ director Yo Mustafa than to recruit an actual husband/wife pair to portray the protagonists? Pudgy & Michael Quast are an inspired choice to define and depict the Kahn relationship as well as just about every marriage that lasts at least a decade. Our own included!

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their 'naugahyde' anniversary [10th]

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their ‘naugahyde’ anniversary [10th]

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