The Wedding Singer, a Hart House ceremony Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Musical theatre has always had a special place in my heart; ever since I began my love of theatre back in high school. Since then I have tried to see many different musicals; even so far as to do two summers worth of musical theatre camp at Stratford. When I was invited to critique The Wedding Singer at Hart House, it was an opportunity to finally see- instead of perform; in a musical.

The Wedding Singer is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name.

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

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5 at the 1st – #3, with guest Caitlin Muller 1

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               Quartet Atlantik is so named because violinist Akemi Mercer,  and her husband Dirk Niewoehner, viola, live and work in Germany while her sister Rachel Mercer, cello, and Rachel’s partner Yehonatan Berick  live  & work in Canada.  Rehearsal times are tough to arrange.
Last evening’s concert, the third in the 5 @ the First series, opened with a special guest, Caitlin Muller, playing Felix Mendelssohn’s Prelude Op.104 No2 in B flat minor for piano.

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

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SHEN YUN, ‘Divine’, by name & by execution! 2

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Knee How” or, translated from the Mandarin – hello; and to all our readers, a ‘Happy & healthy year of the horse!’
It’s been six years since we first had the opportunity to witness the incredible talents of China’s minority spiritual discipline. The Falun Dafa’s revival of a 5,000-year old artistic archetype though it’s amazing performance group – SHEN YUN. Impacting back in 2008, Shen Yun 2014 is even more impressive and flawless in execution and audience amazement

SHEN YUN's interpretation of the 'Descent of the Deities'

SHEN YUN’s interpretation of the ‘Descent of the Deities’

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O.A.R.’s “THE TOP TEN”, 2013 Reply

Selected by Staff & Admin.

Lucky13th time; the ninth as our own publishers,  acknowledging those events of 2013 that – to our minds were paramount. Selections are based on impact- whether amusing, educational or thought-provoking to the audience.  This past year, illness reduced (for the 1st time) the number of events attended to just under 200. Herewith our editorial team’s selections in calendar order

the cast of THE PYJAMA GAME

the cast of THE PAJAMA GAME

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MESSIAH; the 2013 N.A.O. version Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
Last evening (Monday)at St. Patrick’s Church in Hamilton the Brott Music Festival presented Handel’s Messiah featuring the National Academy Orchestra of Canada; the Arcady Choir and soloists Leslie Ann Bradley– soprano; Pamela Mac Donald, alto; tenor Michael Colvin, and Gordon Bintner, baritone.
After reviewing several recent concerts of unfamiliar music it was very nice to be able to relax into the lovely sounds of Handel’s work, a Christmas perennial on the concert circuit even though it’s content makes it seem more suitable to Easter.

Brott congratulating his principal cellist post-MESSIAH

Brott congratulating his principal cellist, post-MESSIAH

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“REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY”; A Factory Theatre gamble 1

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
               New works are always a gamble, especially on opening night. You never know how an audience is going to react; what could go right, or horribly wrong. That’s a risk all live performances take, so that just adds to the thrill of going to see a show. Any new work is subject to re-writes and revisions, but there is potential in what is being written. Repetitive Strain Injury by Rob van Meenan is no different.

the protagonists of REPETITIVE SPRAIN INJURY

the protagonists of REPETITIVE SPRAIN INJURY

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