“Double header by D.L.T.”- Valiant & Dock Brief Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

This season has seen Dundas Little Theatre offer two-fer presentations based on a common theme. Both Hall & Middlemass’ THE VALIANT and John Mortimer’s THE DOCK BRIEF deal with capital convictions, albeit from both thespian-designed interpretive masks. The former takes its name from a familiar line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Act II, scene 2; the latter – a formal term from British jurisprudence. Crime & punishment proves fertile soil & subject for theatre.
Director Brenda Ewing stages ‘The Valiant’ by carefully avoiding any denouement telegraphy.

the protagonists of 'THE VALIANT'

the protagonists of ‘THE VALIANT’

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A RISE – to Independent Theatre Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

New theatre is the life blood of our art. New theatre gives artists the opportunity to be recognized and be better known in the community. New theatre is ridiculously hard to do in Toronto due to the enormous expenses involved with staging a show. Thanks to Why Not Theatre with their most recent initiative – The RISER Project; new works, emerging and indie artists are being given the chance to showcase and perform in spaces that would have otherwise been too expensive to use.

a pensive moment in "LITTLE DEATH"

a pensive moment in “LITTLE DEATH”

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“One Hit Wonders”; precious; funky; & groovy Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor              Recollection can be a blissful sensation. Seeing a carefully restored old motorcar stirs ancillary memories of places and people I associate with a 50’s Chevy Belair; Desoto hemi-head; Mercury Montclair; or Ford Fairlane. Songs also bestir memories and THEATRE ANCASTER’s production that tributes those ONE HIT WONDERS) is more than just a romp through six musical decades. No plot-line, but projected video excerpts or TV interviews offer additional mental stimulants. The result is a satisfying evening’s entertainment highlighting forty songs that bestowed the proverbial 15 minutes of fame for their performers.

The contagious energy of Ancaster's "ONE HIT WONDERS"

The contagious energy of Ancaster’s “ONE HIT WONDERS”

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“You say tomato, I say Shut up!” – loving, farting & bickering Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Journalism 101: – “Only write about things you know”. American literary celebs Gurwitch & Kahn created a comedic insightful look at their own marriage; its pitfalls, achievements and most of all – differing interpretations. What could be more rational for Galahad Productions’ director Yo Mustafa than to recruit an actual husband/wife pair to portray the protagonists? Pudgy & Michael Quast are an inspired choice to define and depict the Kahn relationship as well as just about every marriage that lasts at least a decade. Our own included!

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their 'naugahyde' anniversary [10th]

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their ‘naugahyde’ anniversary [10th]

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“LES MIZ”; by Aurora’s Marquee Productions – a standout’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To study Hugo’s colossal ‘Les Misérables’ is a titanic undertaking. First tried the original French, but switched to a more portable English translation. Finally, settled on the Digest version but even the Coles Notes™ text was so dramatic, so well written and so dynamic that once started- couldn’t be laid aside. Director Alexander Galant’s rendering of LES MIZ is just as captivating and the audience will be completely ensnared in the plot; its progress, and certainly its message.

"Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons" pour la liberte

“Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons” pour la liberte

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“There GOES the bride”; not a mis-quote Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor               Theatre Etobicoke’s current offering of “THERE GOES THE BRIDE” isn’t the 1932 absconder tale; its the Ray Cooney/John Chapman comedy about temporary amnesia à la Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee”, or Foster’s recent ‘Gentleman Clothier’ about mental time-travel. In this iteration, it’s her father whose knock on the head manifests itself in a sexy flapper construal of ‘Harvey’; which results in necessitated character exchanges straight out of ‘High Society’. Not quite plagiaristic; but close!

family & guests chez Westerby

family & guests chez Westerby

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