♪ They’re creepy and they’re cooky; mysterious & spooky… they’re altogether ‘ooky’ . The Addams Family theme kept running through my mind as we met the occupants of the Tomb clan’s residence. Six offspring of a recently-departed patriarch plus Dad’s longtime legal retainer awaiting one more beneficiary and the much-anticipated ‘reading of the Will’. A basement-caged werewolf; a poison-ess; a gourmand; a psychopathic Julius Caesar; a nympho sister; a ‘Frau Blücher’ maid and the requisite pretty nurse… generic cast of a comedic mystery.
Way back in my pre-Terry days (bachelorhood); I spent one summer teaching canoeing at a camp near Perth. Tried to accomplish the title of Jeff Pearce’s book but in attempting to get both of us in the center of the little vessel, we both ended up in Lake Otty; a happenstance which tends to cool one’s ardor! Ah, the joys & disappointments of teen-dom. Perhaps if Pearce’s book had been available, things might have turned out differently. The 3rd year class of UTM’s have chosen his book for their creative adaptation presentation. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata
Review by Matthew Wilson
A minor line in Mark Terry’s new play Interview with a Demon; but one that most people will be saying when they leave Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre—Bradley: “Huh! I didn’t see that coming.” This is a play unlike any other. It’s a comedy, a drama, a romance and at many times, a lecture. Terry breaks a lot of theatre conventions, but because it works so well, he’s actually creating new ones. For example, the light-hearted, sometimes slapstick funny, first act draws the audience into the premise that a body-jumping demon wants to do a TV interview…
Review by Danny Gaisin
Akin with the majority of theatre and concert goers, there have been occasions where a performance is so below par that one has opted to leave during intermission. Last night’s Hamilton Philharmonic performance was the diametric opposite; we wished we could have omitted the opening segment completely and just returned for the post-interval! Vaughan-Williams ‘Lark Ascending’, performed by violin soloist Lance Ouellette, displayed why the piece consistently makes the Most Boring Top Ten listings. Like most Lightfoot compositions, the piece is repetitious; tedious and interminable.
According to legend, back in 1990, renowned theatre director and teacher, Ron Cameron-Lewis was doodling with his paper napkin during a preliminary exploration meeting about a combination of the UNIVERSITY of TORONT
O’s Mississauga Theatre program and SHERIDAN COLLEGE’s Trafalgar campus counterpart. Like the fabled fourteen minute cab ride during which lyrics for “Anything You Can Do” (Annie get your Gun ’46) were composed for Irving Berlin’s catchy composition; Lewis came up with a prototype that became a successful marriage. Another epiphany moment that has stood the test of time.
Review by Terry Gaisin
After a decade of restricting concerts to the Oakville area, Musikay added a performance in Hamilton that was in cooperation with that city’s Centre français. Incorporating works by mostly unfamiliar French composers from the fifteenth & sixteenth centuries, there were also compositions by such luminaries as Rameau; Couperin; and the prolific Anonyme. The five choral members and director Stéphane Potvin sang a cappella in arrangements that were vocally intricate with melodic paraphrasing. The effective rondos coupled with two and three-part harmonies gave added life and meaning to the tri-focused selections.