“Back to the 80’s”… a captivating trip Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
When handing us our tickets from Theatre Ancaster’s box office; the lady behind the glass stated “You’ll really enjoy tonight; it’s good enough for any downtown stage!” After sitting through 2 ½ hours of intense vocal and terpsichorean talent; creative direction, and an impacting visual presentation, her observations were certainly not hyperbolic. “Back to the 80’s” is a delightful trip; &  a reminiscent voyage…not a ‘trip’ in the colloquial of the era!

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

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JESUS CHRIST Superstar; critic’s 4th viewing 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    The Webber/Rice Gospel rock musical retelling the last week of Jesus’ life may be four decades old, but it still gleans mixed reviews. Audiences love it; critics range from cold to lukewarm to destructive (i.e. New Yorker Magazine ‘12). This scribe must admit to an ambiguous opinion after three previous takes about ‘Yeshua the Nazarene’. Some were good, others – feh, but City Centre Musical Productions’ take is a serious TOP TEN contender.

Jerusalem; circa 32 a.d. CCMP's Jesus Christ Superstar cast members

Jerusalem; circa 32 a.d.
CCMP’s Jesus Christ Superstar cast members

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“Welfarewell”, fun-filled; pun-filled holiday in jail Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Pamela Delaney is a renowned poet, playwright, pet-lover and judging by her output – a compassionate individual. “WELfarewell” is a satirical and lampooning of the not-so-funny circumstance of the elderly living on insufficient fixed income. Like Swift’s ‘Modest Proposal’ it offers a rhetorical solution – ‘Do a crime…do the time’, albeit with 3-squares a day; semi-comfortable bed and definitely a roof over one’s head. Seriously poor Esmerelda Quipp has just been rejected for a theatrical bit-part; her cat has died and the rent is substantially in arrears.

Lunchtime at Toronto's DON JAIL

Lunchtime at Toronto’s DON JAIL

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‘The Rover’, the itinerant; or his vessel; or BOTH? Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
                    The book was written 3⅓ centuries ago, but the appropriateness and impact of Aphra Behn’s satire still carries both message and humour for today’s audience; especially as directed by Melee Hutton and presented by Theatre Erindale. We laughed, we applauded the actors; we appreciated the clever dialogue and even participated in the on-stage shenanigans and plot convolutions. It is certainly a challenge for the actors and UTM’s  students manage the task with aplomb.
Photo by Jim Smagata

Potter & Martin observed by disguised cast-members

Potter & Martin observed by disguised cast-members

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The Theatre Programme: A Closer Look Reply

Commentary by Rob MacFarlane

                        No afternoon or evening at the theatre would be complete without receipt of a ‘playbill’ or ‘programme’ by audience members as they take their seats prior to a performance. Let’s take a moment or two to consider just what’s been handed to them.  The earliest handwritten or printed information provided to an audience originated in the 18th century, and the term ‘playbill’ comes from a New York City publication by that name, founded in 1884, that continues to this day.

playbills & programmes

playbills & programmes

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A Good Night for Desdemona and Juliet Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Going to see theatre is a fantastic way to become more cultured and start up conversations about the arts. If one brings a friend, it can be much easier explaining just how awful or wonderful a piece of theatre really was. Usually this writer does some research on what I’m seeing before writing reviews; unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, I wasn’t able learn & prep about “Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)” .

The stress & strife that's "Goodnight Desdemona" etc.

The stress & strife that’s “Goodnight Desdemona” etc.

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