Review by Florence Roullet 11/3/’13
One knows something special is cooking at the H.P.O. when you cannot find a parking spot for miles. Then run to the theater and see other attendees running late as well… they too facing the same challenge. Yes, it was a special event and the theater was PACKED, ready to savor an exceptional menu under the direction of a grand chef, the visiting conductor Kevin Mallon.
Kevin Mallon, composer; violinist & guest conductor
Review by Terry Gaisin
I truly believe it was Wolfgang Sebastian Holmes; the late 17th century renovations expert, who coined the cliché -“If it ain’t baroque…don’t fix it!” Compositions created by Purcell, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Pergolesi, are representative of the musical period that encompassed excessive ‘bling’ and complexity. The Oakville Chamber Orchestra, celebrating 30 years, has not remodelled selections by Scarlatti; J.S. Bach; and Rameau but rather just put a new Handel on the genre.
Lau pre-concert rehearsing
Review by Michael Piscitelli
When wandering the streets of Toronto, it’s always refreshing to stumble upon something you weren’t expecting to see. Granted, I wasn’t wandering the streets, nor did I stumble upon Litmus Theatre’s production of The Birth of Frankenstein, but I stand by my point anyway. In a city filled with opportunity, such as Toronto, going to a new venue to see a new work, has the potential to be, a breath of fresh air. Found space theatre can be intimate, exciting and altogether invigorating, especially when coupled with good storytelling, about a good story-teller.
The obstet/gyn staff of BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN
Review by Danny Gaisin
We’ve seen Mitch Albom’s ‘TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE” tragicom twice before…both of which had our friend Jamie Farr playing the title role. The subject matter – terminal debilitating illness; in this case ALS; touches very close to home (my late mother’s dementia) and I admit to being a failure in compassion plus derelict in proximity & benevolence. However, with Vince Carlin portraying Morrie; Chris Reid as Mitch and the duo under direction of Dia Frid; this was [and is] a must-see rendition.
Carlin & Reid as MORRIE and MITCH
Review by Florence Roullet
Life is full of surprises. A special encounter transformed me into an Art Critic for an evening. I accepted the challenge with enthusiasm and herewith—my impressions as a neophyte. Saturday evening I had the great pleasure to attend the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra “For the Love of the Screen” a ‘Pops’ edition at Hamilton Place, directed by guest conductor David Martin. Accompanied by Trevor Copp, director of the Tottering Biped Theater in Burlington; I spent an enchanting evening
conductor David Martin
Review by Danny Gaisin
Shakespeare’s plays contain a plethora of women outfoxing the males. Taming’s ‘Katherine’ & Merchant’s Portia’. 12th Night’s Olivia & Much Ado’s Hero and Beatrice to name a few; but his Merry Wives of Windsor which is the epitome of the genre. Verdi’s last opera is a musical retelling of how John Falstaff gets his come-uppance at the hands of a coterie of ladies. Opera Hamilton’s staging of this boffo is artistically creative and musically a treat. Photo courtesy of John Overmeyer
The FALSTAFF cast More…