Review by Terry McMetter & Danny O’Gaisin
Mississauga possesses a remarkably informal yet diversionary example of community ethos that offers an eclectic variety of vocal music. The soloists and combined voices of Windmill Theatre have something besides melodic talent; they obviously enjoy doing what they so ably can do. Their palpable pleasure in offering up each selection is mirrored in the enjoyment experienced by their audience. This weekend’s performances are titled ‘Tartan Joy’ and it certainly is!
the WINDMILL Choristers
Review by Shibley Ahmed
It’s not often we celebrate the exploits of bandits, swindlers and overall criminals but that’s the case when describing a certain archetypal English hero and his band of “Merry Men”. Laced with a live bluegrass soundtrack and a multifaceted acrobatic theme we witness as folk music meets folklore in David Farr’s latest classic adaptation, “The Heart of Robin Hood”.
As the title suggests, this particular remake explores the softer side of our protagonist. Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
Gabriel Ebert & Izzie Steele in Sherwood Forest
Review by Danny Gaisin
Feb. 6th, ‘15
A number of years ago (i.e. before SAD was defined) my GP prescribed heading south during February to offset a diagnosed ‘February Blahs’. Fortunately, West End Studio Theatre has a remedy that’s cheaper and requires no security line-ups… it’s Warren Graves’ MUMBERLEY INHERITANCE and I guarantee the season’s inclemency will seem almost non-existent for every audience member who has an easy sense of humour. It’s that enjoyable and professionally presented.
the Good; Bad & Ugly residents of Mumberley Mansion
Review by Danny Gaisin
Occasionally it behooves a critic to preamble a column by acknowledging a bias or an involved history. This is one such circumstance. From 1973 to ’81, I worked for a Buffalo N.Y. – based pool company branch-operating locally …it was an eye-opener into the machinations of high-powered American sales techniques. Some of those can be witnessed on “Pawn Stars”. Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” characterizes some of those; but 1987’s “TIN MEN” could have been shot in my showroom.
the antagonists of Glengarry Glen Ross’s Real Estate office
Review by Mike Mandel
Yesterday, was the premier of the Canadian Opera Company’s Don Giovanni, and to say that director Tcherniakov delivered an unorthodox performance to the sold-out audience, is akin to saying the Titanic brushed against some ice. But despite the protestations of the traditionalists, it’s actually difficult to ruin Mozart. The music is as good as it gets, and Don Giovanni, with Da Ponte’s libretto is about as perfectly designed as an opera can be. So how much can one alter the opera’s intent, without lessening its impact? Can this “opera of operas” survive intentional time distortion and reworked familial relationships, and still be Don Giovanni? Photo by Michael Cooper
the cast of COC’s 2015 “Don Giovanni”
Review by Terry Gaisin
1952 was a memorable year, Anderson’s ‘Blue Tango’ was the top Hit Parade record; Eisenhower became the U.S. president and this scribe’s husband finally was able to drive – legally! This resulted in an ability to canvass Montreal East where the girls [supposedly] did it. Comparable to Millie in ‘Picnic’, he too was sixteen in ‘52 and like his contemporaries had five things paramount on their mind- Dating; Graduating Division ‘A’ from High School; getting into an acceptable University; borrowing the family wheels and did I mention…sex!
Photo by Jim Smagata
Zulauf; McCallum; Ehman & Esteves emoting before going to a PICNIC