“Cirque du Festival”; pleasing but distracting Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
One has to hand it to Boris Brott; he certainly knows how to put a concert together. This reviewer was not at all sure about a concert with aerialists – would they add to the program or distract? Initially, in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night Dream Suite they did distract, but later added so much to Tales of the Netsilik that they even seemed necessary to the storytelling. The evening opened with Janna Sailor conducting the N.A.O. in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Overture to Hansel & Gretel,

Chief Hill with the Brotts;  post-concert

Chief Hill with the Brotts; post-concert


“La Vida Imelda”, a part of Philippino Culture Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

I enjoy learning about other cultures, especially when it is presented in a way that speaks to me. Granted, this particular way is through gossip, scandal and a lot of exposition, but I learned a lot – none the less. From his Off Broadway smash hit run, to meeting the lady of the hour herself, Carlos Cedran’s  Livin’ La Vida Imelda was educational, inspiring and entertaining – all in one.
We were very fortunate to be invited to this year’s Kultura Festival celebrating Philippine culture and identity.

Carlos Cedran, on stage interpreting part of Philippine history

Carlos Cedran, on stage interpreting part of Philippine history


SHAW’s Intelligent homosexual’s guide etc. overkills Reply

Review By Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

There’s a lot of good information in Tony Kushner’s play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures now playing at the Shaw Festival. The playwright has really done his research and there’s a mind boggling array of sizzling one-liners and quotes from theological, philosophical and religious figures—some in Latin. And his passionate portrayal of a Brooklyn family on the brink of disaster is scintillating. But this play gives new meaning to the word overkill. Photo courtesy of  David Cooper [Shaw]

The cast of "Intelligent homosexual's guide..." on-stage @ the Shaw Festival

The cast of “Intelligent homosexual’s guide…” on-stage @ the Shaw Festival


Boy’s Choir from France perform locally Reply

Editor’s Note: The following concert took place last week but the critique could not be (technically) uploaded until today. Apologies.  ETG

Review by
Judith Caldwell

                Maitrise Des Hauts de France, young singers of Lambersart, gave a concert At St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Waterdown on Sunday evening. Francois Verschaeve was their translator/ interpreter for their North American tour and in exchange requested a concert in his home town of Waterdown.  He promised Father Lobsinger of St Thomas’ that he would fill the church for it – he got his wish on both counts. The choir was led by Conductor Jerome Cupelli and accompanied by Martine Betremieux on piano or organ.

The choir performing in Waterdown

The choir performing in Waterdown


Planting the “SEEDS” of dissention Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

               Annabel Soutars documentary play, Seeds, plants dissention. Scientists, researchers, industry representatives, advocacy groups and farmers argue the safety of genetically modified organisms, commonly called GMO’s. Through verbatim trial transcripts, interviews and speeches Soutar crafts a powerful mine field of what if’s.Though obviously attempting to appear unbiased, Soutar’s script weighs heavily on the side of banning GMO’s. And the production, at the Blyth Theatre, is at its most powerful and poignant when the playwright strips away her attempts at being objective and presents her true feelings no holds barred.  Photo courtesy of  Terry Manza

David Fox & Severn Thompson in a dramatic "SEEDS" moment

David Fox & Severn Thompson in a dramatic “SEEDS” moment


“Barbiere”; not ‘grand’ but certainly ‘great’ opera Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Hamilton has been fortunate to be the home of, and recipient of, the musical largesse of an artistic virtuoso. Boris brought us his eponymous classical music festival; Boris brought the National Academy Orchestra here, making Hamilton the Mecca for young graduates. Last evening, Boris brought back opera to Hamilton, after a two year hiatus. Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia performed at Mohawk’s McIntyre was a brilliantly creative take on this opera comique.

Dunham; Menzies & Burrage hoping to escape "piano, piano"

Dunham; Menzies & Burrage hoping to escape “piano, piano”