Review by Danny Gaisin
For any Oakville community theatre fan, the concept of Dia Frid & Virginia McEwen as comedic adversaries has to be utopian! Mix in a creative director (Yo Mustafa) and a dynamic support cast and you have the formula for a definitely successful POOL’S PARADISE.
It was the late football coach –Vince Lombardi, who was credited with the philosophy that ‘Winning isn’t everything – it’s the only thing”. He, his team, and every patron of OLG’s 649; LottoMAX; Megadice etc. including yours truly; take his quote to heart.
Yo & his football-pool of thespians
by Terry Gaisin
As for arrangements; “He has his own ideas but always pays homage to the composer”. The quotation was from my seatmate who had worked with Denis Mastromonac- the new music director of the MSO. Hearing the musicians perform Glinka’s Ruslan/Ludmilla overture with exuberance, vibrancy and an added musicological dimension; this is one classy assemblage. Mastromonaco comes to Mississauga with an astounding C.V. and his manner with the music, the audience, and his musicians themselves; is one of respect and co-operation- not dictatorial. No Von Karajan or Muti, thank-you!
Tryon & the M.S.O.
by Danny Gaisin
That Jews contributed to the classical music genre –well recognized. Think Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Meyerbeer, Bloch, Offenbach and Mahler. If we add in the converts, the Jewish contribution to Jazz is substantial. George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Bob Marley,
Sammy Davis Jr., Percy Faith, Herb Alpert and Paul Shaffer immediately come to mind along with Neil Diamond and Paul Simon. But, some in-depth historical investigation by Cantor Eyal Bitton demonstrated that even the ‘rock’ category has benefitted from the poetry and heritage of the Hebraic experience.
Bitton and his projector screen
by Danny Gaisin
We shifted from being apartment dwellers to home-owners in March of ‘09. Five weeks later began renovations to our kitchen and its adjoining two-piece washroom. “No Holmes on homes” or HDTV for advice – just neighbors for local guidance & information, plus the experts at Home Depot® for ‘how to fix or repair’. Elizabeth Elwood’s play ‘RENOVATIONS’ may not have given us any insights into using a mitre box or table saw, but brought back memories of chaos and disarray.
the cast of ‘RENOVATIONS’
by Danny Gaisin
Season 2013-’14 of the Hamilton Philharmonic reflected a procedural change that went against classical tradition. A neat idea – having the major work offered before the interval and the guest soloist on-stage after break was innovative and also proved to be serendipitous. The audience departed with memories of Jon Kimura Parker’s Rachmaninoff; rather than Sommerville’s HPO reading of the Brahms 3rd Symphony!
Parker performing Rachmaninoff with the HPO
Review by Michael Piscitelli
Bone cage is a story of an alcoholic forestry worker, Jamie portrayed by Nathan Bitton, who is regularly tormented by the fact that he is trapped in his dead-end town, and dead-end job, with no means of escape from the brutality and cruelty done to nature daily by his own hand. Throughout the play we meet his dysfunctional and broken family that all have their own cages of grief, anger, revenge, and broken heartedness that all of them must live with.
the protagonists of ‘BONE CAGE’