Occasionally, everyone should have the chance to be a ‘smartass’. Having spent two days of our recent Med. cruise in Greece; naturally we feel permitted to write “ORESTE” in the poet’s own language. So, readers; please forgive this scribe’s taking of liberties with this my sixtieth UTM critique. Translated by Professor Anne Carson, her take couples modern idiom with an approximately 2465 year-old tale of the Gods interfering with mere mortals. For those not familiar with Greek mythology; Orestes, and his sister Elektra are offspring of King Agamemnon & Clytemnestra. Photo – James Smagata, Erindale
Playwright Robin Hawdon is the British counterpart of Canada’s Norm Foster; hilarious situations made almost plausible and thus persistently delighting audiences. West End Studio Theatre’s version of the ‘What a tangled web we weave etc.” circumstance epitomizes the WEST mantra: – professionalism, professionalism, professionalism (apologies to the Real Estate industry). Perfect directing; perfect casting and perfect crew contribution make PERFECT WEDDING another surefire O.A.R. Top Ten winner for 2015! This effort delineates the phrase ‘Must See”
Editor’s note: – The ARTS REVIEW has been in a 3-week hiatus due to the editorial staff finally visiting Europe and the Middle East. Like the Liberals … We’re BACK!
Review by Judith Caldwell
The opening concert of the 5 at the First 6th season on October 10th, 2015 offered us a series of violin duets played by Stephen Sitarski and Lance Ouellette. Sitarski is the acclaimed past-concertmaster & soloist of the Kitchener/Waterloo orchestra & now holds the same post with the HPO.
The concert began with a solo by Martin Noh, a 15 year old student of Ouellette’s. He played the allegro movement from Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor.
With the rare instances of improperly-tuned instruments or ill-prepared musicians; for this classical musical addict every concert is a treat. Some, however, have that special amalgam of program selection; faultless techniques, and creative interpretations…last night’s Hamilton Philharmonic presentation was just such a combination. Chopin & Beethoven; pianist extraordinaire Janina Fialkowska, and guest conductor Bernard Gueller made for “An Enchanted Evening”.
The opening work was a short composition by Alberta native Robert Rival entitled “Spring”. This is a highly interpretive work that afforded concertmaster Stephen Sitarski a brief but moving solo motif opportunity.
The Stratford Festival’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank begins with the actors introducing themselves one by one to the audience, and providing glimpses into their most embarrassing, or revealing, moments. When Sara Farb says that her mother and grandmother both survived the holocaust, it makes her portrayal of Anne Frank, more powerful and authentic. And it sets the tone for an intimate and compelling drama. In spite of the tragic events upon which this play is based, it is not depressing. Photo by David Hou
Like most enthusiasts of Shakespeare’s works, (as with opera aficionados) one rarely demonstrates the ‘been there, seen that’ aphorism… every performance is unique. These eyes (and memory) have relished seeing, even studying HAMLET; the epitome of classical tragedy. I’ve seen the protagonist as despondent; as depressed; even as suicidal, but director Antoni Cimolino’s current vision has Jonathan Goad displaying hesitancy and undecidedness, then a metamorphosed self-sanctioning of his course of action. This certainly IS a Hamlet with whom that this scribe can identify.