D.L.T.’s double-header about infidelities Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Back in 1949, this almost teen-aged writer & my contemporaries eagerly anticipated reading “The Browning Version” by Terrence Rattigan. We thought it would be a scientific study about the ‘BAR -1918’ machine gun. Nope, it’s a play about pedagogy and a translation of Agamemnon. It also dealt with illicit love and adulteries so our subject-matter disappointment was mitigated. Dundas Little Theatre has gone repertory and presents this play as part of a ‘double-header’ offering two dynamic lady-thespians with the opportunity to shine.  Photos courtesy of Russell Rowse  

Mike Wierenga being propositioned by Jo Kemp

Mike Wierenga being propositioned by Jo Kemp

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The Capulets & the Montagues; NOT Jets vs Sharks Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
Stories of Ill-fated paramours are ageless. From Ovid, to Sweden’s “Hagbard & Signy” in the 14 hundreds, to Shakespeare circa 1595; and De Vega’s The Capulets and the Montagues 1½ decades later; such tales go on and on. Bernstein took one such and made zillions by putting it to music. The Russians do it by following the basic ‘he loves her; she loves another; and no one gets anyone…but they take 800 pages before reaching ‘The End’.
Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata UTM

Hannah Ehman manipulating Samuel Turner & Jovan Kocic

Hannah Ehman manipulating Samuel Turner & Jovan Kocic

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‘SKIN FLICK’, even better than “Porn on the web” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
               Come on – admit it…we all check out the occasional blue-movie capsule via the internet and so what if we do. Prolific Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s “SKIN FLICK” comedically looks at the cottage-business aspect of creating such a work-of-art, and WEST’s Yo Mustafa brings us a hilarious 2½ hours of pure (and moral) entertainment. There were some moments when this writer was actually concerned about a bladder mishap due to the hilarity being presented on stage.

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

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An EARNEST endeavour that was vitally important Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite playwrights and The Importance of Being Earnest is my all-time favourite play ever. So, naturally, when I saw that Hart House’s season would be opening with it, I was jumping up and down in my seat on the bus and getting several strange looks from the normal people around me.
Keeping with the late Victorian era of style, costume designer Ming Wong kept everything within the normal sense of fashion. However, that was the only part of the show that was kept in any sense of the word “normal”. *

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

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“THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER”; ‘Lighthouse’ Shines Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
               Even a supposed maven can occasionally overlook a gem. ‘Methought’ Port Dover was strictly the locale for affordable yellow perch, except for the Friday 13th, biker extravaganzas. Nope, it’s also home to the LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, a 3½ decade-old professional operation which attracts thespians of the highest echelon and audiences willing to drive distances each way to attend its more than just competent offerings. Norm Foster’s newest comedy, “THE GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER” premiers at the Lighthouse and epitomizes its superlative standards.   Photo courtesy of Adam Veri

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

Hodgson & Fabiilli annoying Brian Paul

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“Kiss Me Kate”; ‘just misses the-lips’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny

In 1948, composer Cole Porter re-established himself as Broadway’s biggie with the staging of Kiss Me Kate. His previous success had been “Anything Goes” fifteen year earlier. Unlike the Gershwin’s; Rogers & Hart; Adler & Ross; the Lerner/Lowe duo; Kander & Ebb and especially the Rogers &Hammerstein II collaboration; Porter also wrote his own lyrics … some were doozies. His ironic Kate’ number about ‘brushing up on one’s Shakespeare’ still gleans giggles. Rhyming “flatter her” with ‘Cleopaterer’ or “clothes mussing” with ‘much ado about nussing’ may not quite scan – but who cares!

The 'Paduans' performing "TAMING" in "Baltimo"

The ‘Paduans’ performing “TAMING” in “Baltimo”

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