PYGMALION, sans ‘The rain in Spain’, or ‘Loverly’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Nov.14th, ‘13

 History 101 – Greek Mythology.  2006 years ago, OVID wrote his epic ‘Metamorphoses’ which 1500 years later, contributed to many of Shakespeare’s plots, i.e. ’The Tempest’’; “Midsummer Night’s dream” & Titus Andronicus. Chaucer plagiarized other sections and so did George B. Shaw. The latter modernized (circa 1912) the fable of a sculptor who falls for his granite creation, into the tale of a phonetics teacher who turns a guttersnipe into a lady by means of language, dress and mannerism.

Eliza applying for proper vocal tuition

Eliza applying for proper vocal tuition

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“Lucky Jim Lacroix”, a killer show Reply

Review by Tony Kilgannonreviewer_Tony
               Sky Gilbert wrote and directs this very engaging thought-provoking production, currently at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar.  The title character, James Lacroix; a convicted hit-man, is giving a speech for the John Howard Society, in order to get on the good side of his parole board.  He is preceded on the stage by a journalist/activist, portrayed by Stephanie Jones, who is upset that such a ruthless man is allowed this kind of opportunity for attention and thus inserted herself as a counterweight to his attempts.    Photo courtesy of James Chambers

Cadieux, in his LUCKY JIM persona, trying to convince Jones

Cadieux, in his LUCKY JIM persona, trying to convince Jones

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A magical “Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Mac 3

Review by Danny Gaisin
                No pre-arranged tickets; no ‘Reserved -MEDIA’ seat markers; no “ ‘Yea’, the Press is here”; plus two young ladies totally flabbergasted as how to handle a pair of old farts expecting ‘comps’! The evening looked to be a disaster and we had already put our car into the pay parking area. Fortunately, we were rescued and escorted into McMaster’s small theatre to see a staff/student production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is certainly one autumn evening’s DREAM!

Theseus & company introducing Midsummer Night's plot

Theseus & company introducing Midsummer Night’s plot

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“Twelfth Night” circa1602; updated to now! 1

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Nobody can beat the classics, and one can’t get much more classical than good old William Shakespeare. Hart House’s production of TWELFTH NIGHT puts a new age spin on the play, setting it in a New England style of pub, very reminiscent of something you might find in the Maritimes, and keeping all of the action within the pub.        Photo courtesy of Andrea Wasserman

Cast of the Hart House take on 12th NIGHT

Cast of the Hart House take on 12th NIGHT

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“On the Menu” a delicious H.P.O. serving Reply

Review by Florence Roullet  11/3/’13reviewer Florence
                    One knows something special is cooking at the H.P.O. when you cannot find a parking spot for miles. Then run to the theater and see other attendees running late as well… they too facing the same challenge. Yes, it was a special event and the theater was PACKED, ready to savor an exceptional menu under the direction of a grand chef, the visiting conductor Kevin Mallon.

Kevin Mallon, composer; violinist & guest conductor

Kevin Mallon, composer; violinist & guest conductor

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O.C.O. concert; something’s old & something new 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                I truly believe it was Wolfgang Sebastian Holmes; the late 17th century renovations expert, who coined the cliché -“If it ain’t baroque…don’t fix it!” Compositions created by Purcell, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Pergolesi, are representative of the musical period that encompassed excessive ‘bling’ and complexity.  The Oakville Chamber Orchestra, celebrating 30 years, has not remodelled selections by Scarlatti; J.S. Bach; and Rameau but rather just put a new Handel on the genre.

Lau pre-concert rehearsing

Lau pre-concert rehearsing

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