Avenue ‘Q’ – revisited Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

To find Avenue ‘Q’ on a map of Manhattan, look for the intersection of Lymph Road and Axilla Blvd. In other words, the ‘armpit’ of NYC! It’s the downtrodden locale for the 2002 Lopez/Marx/Whitty collaboration of non-PC dialogue & lyrics; music and puppetry…satire, but with a message.
HAMMER Entertainment’s take on this off-Broadway—gone mainstream hit does not try to re-invent the wheel, but rather amuse and charm the audience, all the while subtly educating. The plot deals with three separate relationships;

The folks of "AVENUE Q,; real & otherwise!

The folks of “AVENUE Q,; real & otherwise!

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The music still lives; “BUDDY” Reply

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Early February 1959; Montreal was in a deep freeze, constantly around -27°F.  My car-poolers kept commenting that my Studebaker had a central heater so the back seat also received warmth. Tuesday February 3rd was just another frigid day; too cold to pay much attention to the CFCF news about a crash in Clear Lake. Charles Holley -22; Jiles Richardson aged 28; and 18 year-old Richard Valenzuela, failed to register.
The afternoon’s Montreal Star gave more details…The Bopper; Buddy & Richie Valens were dead.

Bleyendaal, Sorochan & Knowles; the early days!

Bleyendaal, Sorochan & Knowles; the early days!

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Haven’t got a “CLUE” about ‘whodunit’ 1

Review by Terry Gaisin

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Was it Col. Mustard in the lounge or Mrs. Peacock in the Study? Maybe it was Miss Scarlet in the Kitchen. Obviously, the above tip-offs suggest we’re talking about ‘CLUE’… the iconic board game.
In the ‘did you know’ department…Did you know the game originated as a time-passer during the WWII London Blitz?  Post-war, it was marketed a couple of years later and then modified for the American market.

'CLUE" cast

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“Merrily we roll along”… to Theatre Sheridan Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

When Stephen Sondheim tackles a subject; he goes straight for the jugular…and not just in Sweeney Todd! The psychoses in ‘Company’; the underlines in ‘A little Night Music’; and the prejudices of ‘West Side Story’; while never negating the music, are nevertheless intrinsic to the plot. Ditto for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.
The narrative concerns a successful Hollywood producer, his two best friends; wives 1 & 2, plus an A-List of acquaintances & hangers-on. The audience is taken from contemporary (circa 1976) back to the mid-fifties when the trio first meet.

Nethersole, Rorabeck & Agnew during better days

Nethersole, Rorabeck & Agnew during the early days

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Oakville Ensemble:- subject –Majestic; O.E. – ditto 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Oakville Ensemble‘s season finale is titled “Majestic”; a referral to both the program and the composers themselves. In spite of artistic director Stéphane Potvin’s claim that Johann S. Bach and Georg Handel were ordinary people; this particular musicologist feels that great composers are ‘special’ and imbued with a God-given talent to make an eternal contribution to humanity. Beethoven’s nine symphonies impress me even more than reading about someone walking on water! (I can hear the shouts of ‘sacrilege’ even without opening our windows!)

The mixed orchestra/choir OAKVILLE ENSEMBLE

The mixed orchestra/choir OAKVILLE ENSEMBLE

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The Dining Room…50⨫6= challenge & diversion Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

A.R. Gurney’s early 80’s NY Studio Theatre play ‘The Dining Room’ is a pastiche of brief vignettes about American WASPs of the era interacting in and around a formal dining room. The locale may be common; but the relationships, personas and incidents are separate and singular. What makes the Dining Room so special is having the eighteen essays acted by only six thespians.
With only minor costume and accessory changes, the actors must create the identities and personalities of the fifty characters that are represented.

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

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