“Wife after Death”; something for [almost] everyone 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
If you are the type of person who recalls-mirthfully, the famous ‘Chuckles the Clown’ episode from the 70’s Mary Tyler Moore Show; or the ‘Dropping the urn’ installment from “Wings”; you’ll certainly get a giggle or three out of Act I. And if you are the sort of mature person who appreciates clever twists and surprises; Act II of the Oakville Players staging of Eric Chappell’s WIFE AFTER DEATH will definitely have an impact. We enjoyed watching it from both points of view!   Photo courtesy of Janet Bedford

l-r: Oughtred,Stockwell,Raitt,Morawiec,Laszcz,Elkaim & "Dave"

l-r: Oughtred,Stockwell,Raitt,Morawiec,Laszcz,Elkaim & “Dave”

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Macbeth; Erindale’s different (& confusing) take Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerTerryEdits

               “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury…signifying nothing” …Definitely NOT an apt description of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy written circa 1605 at the time of King James I. Avarice, ambition, covetousness, and desire  are intrinsic to all mankind except the saints!
The setting is Scotland and England a thousand years ago. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata – UTM

Gillis &  Fawcett - The bloody MACBETHS

Gillis & Fawcett – The bloody MACBETHS

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Editorial notice to our readers and subscribers -2nd request! Reply

Our website provider displays the number and subjects that are brought to our website via Search engines. We receive approximately six daily requests about booking or scheduling information for Hamilton’s theatre aquarius.
For the past three years our ARTS REVIEW has not been on that institution’s list of accredited Media. So, if you happen to be interested in whatever they’re staging – we suggest you call them directly or look them up in other press publications.

 E. Terry Gaisin

The ‘Who’s’ TOMMY, by CCMP…very downtown! 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

During the mid-sixties, the London quartet ‘The WHO’ had a string of top-selling albums including the 1969 TOMMY- a collection of songs about a pinball-playing boy. Pete Townshend, who played guitar & did the vocals, got together with director/composer Des McAnuff to turn the record into a rock musical. Opening in 1992 at McAnuff’s La Jolla Playhouse, it was an immediate success and earned Tony™ awards for both creators as well as some of the performing cast-members.
For CITY CENTRE MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS to undertake staging such a challenging enterprise takes mettle, and a director who can grasp the almost religious allegorical message subtly intrinsic in the plot.

Tommy #2 brings out TOMMY 3 from a pinball machine

Tommy #2 brings out TOMMY 3 from a pinball machine

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“TAKING SIDES”, a professional–level production. Reply

Review by Mark Andrew Lawrence
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“Is this a professional theatre company?”  The question was asked by an audience member as we headed out for intermission at a recent performance of the play “Taking Sides” being presented by Stage Centre productions at York Woods Library Theatre.  Her companion explained that no, it was company of amateurs.  I suppose technically he was correct since these community theatre casts do not get paid for their efforts, but believe me, every moment of this production has such a professional sheen that I could understand why the patron asked the question. Photo courtesy of Fabio Saposnik

Washbrook interrogated by Rein; observed by a humiliated Frau Straube

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“The PEARL FISHERS”, promises, promises – broken! Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Bizet’s PEARL FISHERS’ plot is as negative as anything in life. Oaths of brotherhood; vows of chastity; pledges of commitment and covenants of loyalty all go by-the-boards when a love triangle happens. The head stops working and the crotch takes over!
The narrative concerns early Taprobanese (Sri Lanka) devout Buddhists who dive for pearls rather than harvesting the much safer tea, cinnamon, or sapphires! Two friends [Zurga & Nadir] reunite just after the former is named leader and the latter returns from a life of hunting. We learn that both previously fell in love with the same dame – Leila, but decided that their relationship is more important so they swear off amore forever.

Ramirez, Hatfield, Polegato & Hegedus - all praying for different things!

Ramirez, Hatfield, Polegato, Hegedus & chorus – all praying for different things!

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