Review by Terry Gaisin
1952 was a memorable year, Anderson’s ‘Blue Tango’ was the top Hit Parade record; Eisenhower became the U.S. president and this scribe’s husband finally was able to drive – legally! This resulted in an ability to canvass Montreal East where the girls [supposedly] did it. Comparable to Millie in ‘Picnic’, he too was sixteen in ‘52 and like his contemporaries had five things paramount on their mind- Dating; Graduating Division ‘A’ from High School; getting into an acceptable University; borrowing the family wheels and did I mention…sex!
Photo by Jim Smagata
Zulauf; McCallum; Ehman & Esteves emoting before going to a PICNIC
Review by Danny Gaisin
In 1959, after tryouts in Montreal, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway and became an immediate hit. Staging it today is a big undertaking…big production; big cast and big challenge. Theatre Unlimited has delineated its registered name by successfully accomplishing reprising one of ‘my favorite things’ at Mississauga’s Meadowvale Theatre and it is an amazingly professional product. The T.U. team deserves an “A+” for both effort and result.
The [large] cast of SOUND OF MUSIC
Review by Ailine Hess
The Collegiate Players and their director, Michael Smith, chose “Oleanna” by David Mamet for their debut production at the Staircase Café Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton. Performances took place on January 15th- 17th. The first act opens with a professor sitting at a slightly cluttered desk speaking animatedly with his wife on the phone while a student is sitting waiting for him to finish. Even though it’s a one-sided conversation, John, played by Mark Christopherson in his stage debut performance, draws the audience in immediately.
the protagonists of “OLEANNA”
Review by Danny Gaisin
The arrangement of presenting two short plays with a common theme seems to be a successful concept for Dundas Little Theatre. The October ‘Infidelity’ duo was a success and the current stage effort “The Play’s The Thing” certainly merits accolades. Directed by Peter Lloyd, Rattigan’s 67-year-old comedy – ‘Harlequinade’ bootlegs the genus of the 17th century pantomime. Under Lloyd’s construal, we can deride and lampoon the egocentricity of committed theatre folk who can only view the world as it relates to the stage.
Brown, Simmons; Gross & Blackmore in ‘IMPROMPTU’
Review by Michael Piscitelli
Normally I have some sort of well-thought-out anecdote or analogy to say before I get down to the nitty-gritty of my review, but this time I’m just going to get right to it and say that Jesus Christ Superstar at U of T’s Hart House Theatre is absolutely fantastic and one of the best adaptations of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock opera I have ever seen.
This musical can admittedly be difficult to pull off due to the vocal range needed for some (or all) of the main characters and the general complexity of the score.
The torment & mockery of Jesus
Selected by Staff & Admin.
Annual Ritual no. 10 as O.A.R., but the 14th incarnation of re-capping those efforts that had the greatest impact on our attending contributors… the best of over two hundred cultural events. Here in calendar order are the most entertaining or thought-provoking endeavors selected.
“A Stitch in Time”; Theatre Erindale has made it a habit of staging only Class “A” presentations. It’s beginning to feel that we are more publicity agents than critics of their efforts. A Stitch in Time‘s plot may have other iterations but the comedic aspect is clever enough to still capture an audience.
Sheridan’s “HELLO DOLLY” cast