“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”!
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Thornton Wilder’s “Matchmaker” is an outdated descriptive (except for some Southeast Asian cultures) that’s been replaced by such websites as E-Harmony™.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.
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.
The shooting of Charles ‘Bert’ Massey in February of 1915 was an epitomic ‘cause celebre’, He was a MASSEY, albeit not well-liked by the pater familias; and Carrie Davies was his virginal eighteen-year old housekeeper… the same age as young Bert was when he impregnated his wife and had the son whose pistol was the instrument of Bert’s death.
The family was away and Bert decided it was time to “do” Carrie. She resisted and the next day; in fear for her chastity – ‘blew him away’. Photo by James Smagata
Review by Shibley Ahmed
On entering the foggy Factory Theatre Main Stage there seemed to be a sense of anticipation amongst the crowd. Opening nights will undoubtedly do that for any production but even more so for one that has been chosen worthy enough to take its act to the National Arts Centre in March. Producer/Actor duo, Michele Smith & Dean Gilmour’s TAKE ME BACK TO JEFFERSON takes William Faulkner’s much-revered 1930 character-driven novel, “As I Lay Dying” and provides a realistically immersive journey back in time to the old south.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Fleitas
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.