“A Funny Thing Happened”; on the bus & @ the Forum… 2

Review by Taylor Korolenchuk

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A funny thing happened on the way to school, one day. I hopped on the bus; said hello to the bus driver, and plopped my rear-end on one of the front seats. Between then and the time I arrived at school, I was offered the chance to dip my toes into something new: performing arts reviews. A month later I walked into the foyer of the West Wing of Ancaster High School holding a pen and paper, but not on the way to my usual English class.

The folks of Rome, circa 175BC; according to the Theatre Ancaster players

The folks of Rome, circa 175BC; according to the Theatre Ancaster players

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♫ Bye Bye Birdie ♪; Still talks to celebratory idolization 3

Review by Tina Gaisinreviewer_Tina_G
Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions is presenting” BYE BYE, BIRDIE”, the 1960 musical-take on Presley & the Viet-Nam Draft. Last night was the opening… as with all of the Steppin’ Out’s efforts, this reviewer was excited to see how and what would be their take on this production!
We were in for a treat, the audience was toe tapping and singing along!  The play and hero’s original name was Conway Twitty without the creators realizing there is a singer with that name.

Conrad Birdie 'wow-ing his teenaged fans

Conrad Birdie ‘wow-ing his teenaged fans

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“NUMBERS”, tattooed on arms; like cattle branding 6

Review by Danny Gaisin
Nov.17th.‘13
Disclaimer- this writer is a lousy dancer and like most ‘dog-in-the-manger’ males thus circumvents critiquing dance of any kind. However, I DID witness one Toronto Fringe 2012 entry strictly because of its subject matter. I was astonished at what I saw and stunned by my reaction. The following was what we then wrote: –

“NUMBERS”  @ Factory Theatre
Kokus Productions & director Lukas Press have a definite contender for Best of Fringe in this large dance-oriented emotional story of the Holocaust.

Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries

Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries

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“Murder by the Book”, local playwright, local production Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    The teaser states: – “Farcical Whodunit”; soooo … we know the butler did it.  But Mat Kelly’s MURDER BY THE BOOK has no butler! Waterdown’s Village Theatre is staging this cutesy bit of fluff until Nov. 30th and it’s a delightful escape from the usual pap on T.V. Director Sherry Wells and her six-member cast romp through the clues; stereotypes and red herrings. The character interpretations may be a little heavy-handed and the comedic repostes telegraphed; hey earn  guffaws anyhoo.

the protagonists/antagonists of "MURDER by the BOOK"

the protagonists/antagonists of “MURDER by the BOOK”

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“REBEL DAUGHTER”, another ‘uppity woman’ 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

CHATELAINE, Fr. n ‘sha,-te lān.  [a] Mistress of a chateau household or establishment. [b] Clasp or hook for      a watch; purse or bunch of keys.  “MERRIAM WEBSTER Dictionary”.

Another description is the iconic 85 year old women’s magazine whose zenith surely would be 1957-’77 under the editorial stewardship of Doris Anderson. Her autobiography – “REBEL DAUGHTER” is the subject of Erindale’s Arts Faculty students’ creation under director – Heinar Piller. The result is a humdinger effort.    Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata

Anderson's early & over-disciplined home life

Anderson’s early & over-disciplined home life

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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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