“The Witlings”; witty, erudite and well-executed Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Frances Burney’s 1779 comedy-drama (or dramedy?) seems to have been buried until re-discovery in 1945. The title refers to those who aspire to, or consider themselves to be – intellectually clever. However, dull; boring, and pedestrian are more apt descriptive similes. The play is verbose and Theatre Erindale’s take is all Patrick Young. He adapted the play, impeccably directs it; artistically designed the set and edited the music. Talk about multi-tasking…‘Benny Hill’ lives again! Photo courtesy of James Smagata

"Codger,Cecilia,Beaufort, Jack;  & Smatters' back

“Codger,Cecilia,Beaufort, Jack”; & Smatters’ back

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“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, another Sheridan hit Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                    History: – First, a comedic play titled ‘Bedtime Story”; thence a name change and a film with Niven & Brando. Next iteration was an updated flick with Caine & Martin. Subsequently a ’05 musical play starring Lithgow and Betz. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, the quintessential ‘sting’ confidence operation by Launer; Shapiro, and Henning (Beverley Hillbillies & Petticoat Junction) can still amuse, fascinate and entertain in spite of its familiarity and Pygmalion plot-basis.

Trottier, MacCormac and Truong; in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Trottier, MacCormac and Truong; in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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WEST’s take on a Christie icon…”10 little Indians” 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

10% of a gigabyte! That’s how many printings Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” mystery has earned. Eight decades later, W.E.S.T. can still attract an audience to see this ultimate who-dunnit. Choosing Paul Groulx to cast and direct this iconic play was a stroke of brilliance based on his record of artistic flexibility and a loose rein on his talented thespians. We know, the play; are familiar with the characters; conversant with the various adaptations; and even know who done it!

The cast of "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE"

The cast of “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE”

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‘Tailleur pour dames’- farce – simplified by UTM 2

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Growing up in Quebec & being a theatre fan, the absurdist comedies of Georges Feydeau were de rigeuer. I had almost forgotten seeing one of his earliest creations – poorly translated as ‘The Ladies’ Dressmaker”, staged by my own University. Theatre Erindale’s take – titled “A STITCH IN TIME” is so superior that I now wish I had braved the vagaries of this ‘solstice horribulus’ and seen the opening night. I would have unqualifiedly recommended it!  Photo courtesy of James Smagata

Palinski,Postalian,Pokinko & Payne,; an "Oh S #*t' moment"

Palinski,Postalian,Pokinko & Payne; having an “Oh S #*t” moment”

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“SIDE SHOW”, a musical about a natal rarity Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry; step right up folks and see some human wonders of the World…!. This emblematic cry of the carnival barkers hopefully would draw patrons to see freaks of nature.  During the early part of 20th century; the Hilton sisters – Daisy & Violet; conjoined at the hip were features all over Europe as the ‘Singing Siamese Twins’. A few years ago, composer Henry Krieger collaborated with Bill Russell to create a musical retelling of their lives. Result- SIDE SHOW, the musical.

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

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Cabaret; a take on a musical-take of a play 2

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Contemplating how many musicals with which I’m actually familiar, I’m surprised with how few I know. “CABARET” is one such that falls into the latter category and thus, a pleasant and novel surprise. We’ve previously been to see several successful shows at the Lower Ossington Theatre, so the bar had been set very high. Thankfully, I wasn’t let down. The play is a musical retelling of the early 50’s Broadway drama titled “I Am A Camera’ and is an almost biographical tale of Chris Isherwood’s visit to pre-war underworld Berlin.

Sally Bowles ( Kylie) head & shoulders above CABARET's Kit Kat Kandies

Sally Bowles ( Kylie) head & shoulders above CABARET’s Kit Kat Kandies

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