“If music be the food of love, play on.” This is a quote from one of my favourite Shakespeare plays talking about how music can be used to indulge in our interests and bring great joy. I found there to be much joy and great talent at the 72nd annual Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and President’s Trophy Showcase.The talent that these young people (okay, I say young people, but we’re talking my age range and below here) is simply astounding.
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“Beam me up Scotty”; “May the force be with you”; “Live long and prosper”; ‘PHASERS on STUN’ – all words to live by, and contributed to the lexicon by science fiction movies and TV. The majority of these were accentuated by the background musical scores which also has become part of our cultural glossary. Many folks can’t recite the vowels WITHOUT resorting to the five communicating notes that were intrinsic to “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind!”.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Creative Writing 101 teaches that any article or missive must start with a ‘hook’ to capture a reader’s attention. Same goes for live theatre and Daemon’s director Carl Pucl’s take on the Jason Brown autobiography “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” exemplifies this dictate perfectly. From within the audience’s Stage-right entry of Cathy, to the egress by her partner, ‘Jamie’ on the opposite side; attention is grabbed and firmly held until curtain 90 minutes later.
When Terrence McNally’s movie ‘The Full Monty” was screened, it struck a chord with audiences and became a blockbuster hit. The addition of almost memorable music and clever lyrics by David Yazbek, plus a relocation of site from Sheffield to Buffalo and City Centre Musical Productions have a totally professional presentation displayed on the Meadowvale Theatre stage. CCMP delivers impeccable directing; totally proficient crew & technical contribution worthy of ‘downtown’. As for the on-stage performers, there is not a single weak link.
The OAKVILLE PLAYERS choice of the Finn/Walton comedy “GAME SHOW” is a bit of a gamble. Game Show is about a live TV game show and is presented as an actual game show with contestants randomly selected from the audience. What if no one volunteers? What if a selectee fails to get into the spirit of things? What if the audience sits on their hands when the [APPLAUSE] light flashes? Fortunately, none of the above happened last night!
When this scribe studied Eugene Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’; my professor premised his lecture by stating that the story was allegorical, in spite of the writer’s insistence that such was not the intention. A tragicomedy in the theatre of the absurd style, it metaphorically equates the 1880’s far-right authoritarian political philosophies of Nietzsche & Dostoyevsky (Fascism) with any incremental philosophical or dogmatic change. The U-Waterloo Drama Faculty and director Martha Ross manage to present the play with subtlety yet impact. It’s a true gem.