Review by Anita Flegg
The opening scenes of Orpheus productions “LEGALLY BLONDE” appear silly and saccharine, and we cringe; but Wait! It’s all part of the plan. The show opens with Elle Woods, our blonde from the title, showing her shallow cheerleader/party girl side, but we soon learn that there is much more to Elle than first appears. The plot, similar to the movie of the same name, tells her story as she changes her life completely with the goal of reclaiming the man she loves.
The undergrads of ‘LEGALLY BLONDE’
Review by Taylor Korolenchuk
A funny thing happened on the way to school, one day. I hopped on the bus; said hello to the bus driver, and plopped my rear-end on one of the front seats. Between then and the time I arrived at school, I was offered the chance to dip my toes into something new: performing arts reviews. A month later I walked into the foyer of the West Wing of Ancaster High School holding a pen and paper, but not on the way to my usual English class.
The folks of Rome, circa 175BC; according to the Theatre Ancaster players
Review by Tina Gaisin
Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions is presenting” BYE BYE, BIRDIE”, the 1960 musical-take on Presley & the Viet-Nam Draft. Last night was the opening… as with all of the Steppin’ Out’s efforts, this reviewer was excited to see how and what would be their take on this production!
We were in for a treat, the audience was toe tapping and singing along! The play and hero’s original name was Conway Twitty without the creators realizing there is a singer with that name.
Conrad Birdie ‘wow-ing his teenaged fans
Review by Danny Gaisin
Disclaimer- this writer is a lousy dancer and like most ‘dog-in-the-manger’ males thus circumvents critiquing dance of any kind. However, I DID witness one Toronto Fringe 2012 entry strictly because of its subject matter. I was astonished at what I saw and stunned by my reaction. The following was what we then wrote: -
“NUMBERS” @ Factory Theatre
Kokus Productions & director Lukas Press have a definite contender for Best of Fringe in this large dance-oriented emotional story of the Holocaust.
Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries
Review by Terry Gaisin
The teaser states: – “Farcical Whodunit”; soooo … we know the butler did it. But Mat Kelly’s MURDER BY THE BOOK has no butler! Waterdown’s Village Theatre is staging this cutesy bit of fluff until Nov. 30th and it’s a delightful escape from the usual pap on T.V. Director Sherry Wells and her six-member cast romp through the clues; stereotypes and red herrings. The character interpretations may be a little heavy-handed and the comedic repostes telegraphed; hey earn guffaws anyhoo.
the protagonists/antagonists of “MURDER by the BOOK”
Review by Danny Gaisin
CHATELAINE, Fr. n ‘sha,-te lān. [a] Mistress of a chateau household or establishment. [b] Clasp or hook for a watch; purse or bunch of keys. “MERRIAM WEBSTER Dictionary”.
Another description is the iconic 85 year old women’s magazine whose zenith surely would be 1957-’77 under the editorial stewardship of Doris Anderson. Her autobiography – “REBEL DAUGHTER” is the subject of Erindale’s Arts Faculty students’ creation under director – Heinar Piller. The result is a humdinger effort. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata
Anderson’s early & over-disciplined home life