“The Value of names”; family, politics & ‘HUAC’ Reply

Review by Ailine Hessreviewer Ailine Hess

Jeffery Sweet’s 30-year-old play “Value of Names”  is presently staged, produced and directed by Ari Weisberg, the Artistic Director of TEATRON . Before the play began Weisberg told the audience that the original Benny withdrew from the production less than two weeks prior to opening night. Eric Fink stepped in on short notice and is still not completely off-book. He plays the role with intelligence, wit, and conviction.
As the play begins, Norma Silverman, the daughter played by Justine Lewis, comes to visit her father Benny, played by Eric Fink.

the protagonists of "VALUE OF NAMES"

Leo; Norma & Benny; the  “VALUE OF NAMES” protagonists

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“Romeo & Juliet”, 3 HPO musical interpretations with Trudel Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Audition concerts for a new artistic director/conductor are a challenge…One kick at the can and that’s it. Last evening the H.P.O.’s podium guest was Alain Trudel. This writer has had previous opportunities to see & hear Trudel; twice with the HPO, first in ’05 and then twice in 2011 including a National Academy Orchestra concert. To Hamilton audiences, the other four applicants are known strictly by reputation but possess commanding resumes. A tough decision faces the selection committee.
The focus of Trudel’s selection was three interpretive variations of the Romeo and Juliet story.

Alain Trudel addressing the HPO audience

Alain Trudel addressing the HPO audience

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Rousing music by O.C.O., for a snowy night Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented a program in E flat Major preceded by a lecture from conductor Charles Demuynck about the significance of E flat. He is a passionate and engaging teacher and it is no wonder this orchestra has blossomed under his direction. They are a group of very talented and dedicated volunteers.
The evening began with Piano Concerto #22 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by Stephanie Cheng who is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the American University of Kuwait.

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

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“GREASE”; is the word; is the music; and is the title 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Dickens wrote about ‘The worst of times; the best of times” but he was referring to the French Revolution – not one’s teenaged years. Obviously he could have been signifying both, for most of us the 15 to 17 year-old era, was an emotional apogee and perigee. For playwrights it was a mother lode: – think “Rebel Without a cause; “American Graffiti”; ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and of course –“GREASE”.

The student body of Rydell High School...the GREASE cast

The student body of Rydell High School…the GREASE cast

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“In The Heights”, another Sheridan success Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Manhattan may be an ethnic melting pot but is in reality a collage of neighborhoods. Harlem runs from 96th to 155th, and Washington Heights comprise 156th to about 190th. Ellington’s famous “Take the A Train” was, and still is, the major North/South connector including a jog over (under) to Brooklyn. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “IN THE HEIGHTS” captures the spirit of immigrant Latinos settling into a ghetto of familiar and shared socio-economic environment. All iterated as a rap musical.
Director/Choreographer Marc Kimelman’s take is classy and certainly tasteful. *

The residents of "THE HEIGHTS"

The residents of “THE HEIGHTS”

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“Windmill Theatre”, fun for performers & audience alike 1

Review by Terry McMetter & Danny O’Gaisin

Mississauga possesses a remarkably informal yet diversionary example of community ethos that offers an eclectic variety of vocal music. The soloists and combined voices of Windmill Theatre have something besides melodic talent; they obviously enjoy doing what they so ably can do. Their palpable pleasure in offering up each selection is mirrored in the enjoyment experienced by their audience. This weekend’s performances are titled ‘Tartan Joy’ and it certainly is!

the WINDMILL Choristers

the WINDMILL Choristers

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