“Midsummer Night’s Dream”…fun in the woods Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

e·pon·y·my  (-pn-m)noun: Derivation of a name of a city, country, era, institution, or other place or thing from that of a person. [American Heritage Dictionary]

‘Puck’- a character from Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’, is one of those roles a talented thespian would die for. Call someone ‘puckish’ and the image of comedic, chaotic and mischievous immediately come to mind. THEATRE ERINDALE’s director Sue Miner has fortuitously allowed her charges to ‘go on stage & have 3 hours of fun’. Wes Payne has taken her at her word and the result is one of the funniest and most enjoyable romps this writer has ever spent in a magical forest. His constant façade of insouciant disrespect, glee at the misfortunes and havoc he creates, as well as that delightfully patronizing attitude (Lord, what fools these mortals be!) he has for others, make him just about possess the play. He’s a close tie with Ali Richardson whose Helena will steal your heart. She has a mobile face that underlines every bit of dialogue she recites.   {Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata  UTM}

Puck overseeing the wedding ceremonies

Puck overseeing the wedding ceremonies

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“Come From Away”, version 2.0 1

Review by Danny Gaisin   reviewerDJG         

Some years ago during an editorial staff meeting; a contributor asked why reporter’s submissions were always 3rd person singular, whereas columnists wrote in the first person. The editor explained that with the former the subject or article was paramount without bias. The latter was opinion and thus readers deserved to be aware of any bias or slant. David Hein’s COME FROM AWAY touches on two events in this writer’s life so impartiality will probably suffer…More about this later.
Like the Kennedy assassination; everyone can recall where they were and what they were doing on that Tuesday morning of September 11th, 2001. The skies over North America were emptied and flights were diverted to the nearest emergency landing sites.

The residents/visitors of Gander NFLD,   9/11/01

The residents/visitors of Gander NFLD, 9/11/01

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“CHICAGO” – fails critic’s expectations Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
When this scribe learned that Marcia Kash would be directing the Theatre Sheridan version of the Ebb/Fosse/Kander musical I had ‘Great Expectations’! Her ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ led this blog’s 2009 TOP TEN list. This Chicago is semi-blustery…not the ‘Windy City’. Ms. Kash is meticulous. The comic pauses almost perfect; and her blocking targets are certainly focused. But this is Directing 101; there is no attempt to present the essence of either the city or the period. But, overall, the trip is worthwhile (especially if it’s on a Hotwire® excursion rate).

Roxie's trial!

Roxie’s trial!

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Danton & the H.P.O. –uninspiring Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

This was the week that a local groundhog interrupts his burrowing to see what the winter duration will be. The Hamilton Philharmonic’s Pops Concert paid tribute to the rodent by presenting a concert that was…Boring!  Promoted as a jazz event with guest soloist Diana Panton, the selections and arrangements were stereotypically ‘piano bar’ and should have had the percussion team clinking glasses as background.

Panton & quartet with the H.P.O.

Panton & quartet with the H.P.O.

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“The Odd Couple”, a hard-hitting comedy Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Neil Simon’s 1965 play about diametrically opposing psyches having to live together not only delves into the two stars; it also examines their relationships to the half-dozen support actors (and two off-stage characters) who are intrinsic to the play’s success and longevity. ‘Oscar’ & ‘Felix’ may be the ‘odd couple’; but their friends proffer insights into the quirks or idiosyncrasies that are also familiar to audiences.
West End Studio Theatre has a history of successes. Their record is a result of a professional attitude toward every aspect of dramaturgy: – from penetrating & detailed production, meticulous direction; technical focus and naturally- talented performers. It’s not surprising that the ODD COUPLE is another positive link in the chain.

Felix & the ladies; Oscar and the poker gang!

Felix & the ladies; Oscar and the poker gang!

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T.F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S.’s production of “MacBETH” Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin

reviewer_DannyYes, that’s the actual title…except fully spelt out! “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society” undertakes to present The Scottish Play and every notorious thespian screw-up actually occurs. The O.A.R.’s primo critic refuses (for historical reasons*) to pass any judgment on this Theatre Erindale production, so the job befalls – ME!       Photo by Jim Smagata – UTM

l-r Messina,Heyward,Mcgibbon & Pereira in a Big Finish

l-r Messina,Heyward,Mcgibbon & Pereira in a Big Finish

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