“Picnic”, Inge’s emotional cathartic Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin

reviewerETG1952 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

Zulauf; McCallum; Ehman & Esteves emoting before going to a PICNIC

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The Sound of Music; “a really Big Shew” Reply

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

The [large] cast of SOUND OF MUSIC

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“Oleanna”: A Thought Provoking Play Reply

Review by Ailine Hessreviewer 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"

the protagonists of “OLEANNA”

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Another successful combo from D.L.T. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
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'

Brown, Simmons; Gross & Blackmore in ‘IMPROMPTU’

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Jesus Christ Superstar @ Hart House is #AWESOME Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
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

The torment & mockery of Jesus

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“Salute to Vienna”; you’ll exit humming 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Vienna has been known as the ‘City of Music’ forever. When Attila & Marion Glatz decided to publicize their hometown; what could be more applicable than a musical pastiche of the city’s heritage. “Salute to Vienna” is just that, except a subtitle might well be Salute to a cultural legacy! Feeling a little adroit… how about trying to name about a dozen famous classical composers and musicians who were either native or residents of this old Austrian capitol. (See end of article). *

Conductor Schulz and some dancer s& singers of "SALUTE to VIENNA"

Conductor Schulz and some dancer s& singers of “SALUTE to VIENNA”

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