LONDON ROAD, robust, fast-paced & compelling Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

Eleven actors—five women and six men portray more than fifty characters who lived or worked on the same street as the murderer who killed five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006—rid themselves of angst, horror and repulsion through chanting repetitive phrases like a compulsive exorcism. London Road, currently playing at CanStage (Bluma Appel Theatre), is an ingenious work-of-art.
Photo by David Hou

the denizens of LONDON ROAD

the denizens of LONDON ROAD

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Weiss & Kuerti Jr. with the HPO Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Most conductors interpret a composition; some like Julian Kuerti examine, even analyze a subject work. This was evident in his orchestra positioning, erudite commentary to the audience and certainly obvious during his rendering of a smoothly segued Strauss Metamorphosen & the Beethoven Egmont overture. He demonstrated an innate sense of which passages should be accentuated, and selected tempi /pauses for minimizing or exaggerating. The result was dramatic but without musical histrionics.

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

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“The… Musician: An Étude”, displayed at the Distillery 1

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

The Distillery District is one of the oldest and most well-known areas of Toronto. It seems fitting that a place of great history should give birth to new and exciting pieces of art. From the strange metal spider to the spiralling cone of steel, to Soulpepper™ just around the corner; art flourishes in the ‘hood!
              The… Musician: An Étude is “a study of the auditory and visual perception of the audience and the performer”, i.e. using light & sound as if it were a distinct character unto itself.

a visually dramatic moment in "THE MUSICIAN...an etude.

a visually dramatic moment in “THE MUSICIAN…an etude.

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The Wedding Singer, a Hart House ceremony Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Musical theatre has always had a special place in my heart; ever since I began my love of theatre back in high school. Since then I have tried to see many different musicals; even so far as to do two summers worth of musical theatre camp at Stratford. When I was invited to critique The Wedding Singer at Hart House, it was an opportunity to finally see- instead of perform; in a musical.

The Wedding Singer is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name.

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

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5 at the 1st – #3, with guest Caitlin Muller Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               Quartet Atlantik is so named because violinist Akemi Mercer,  and her husband Dirk Niewoehner, viola, live and work in Germany while her sister Rachel Mercer, cello, and Rachel’s partner Yehonatan Berick  live  & work in Canada.  Rehearsal times are tough to arrange.
Last evening’s concert, the third in the 5 @ the First series, opened with a special guest, Caitlin Muller, playing Felix Mendelssohn’s Prelude Op.104 No2 in B flat minor for piano.

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

the Quartet Atlantik musicians

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SHEN YUN, ‘Divine’, by name & by execution! 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Knee How” or, translated from the Mandarin – hello; and to all our readers, a ‘Happy & healthy year of the horse!’
It’s been six years since we first had the opportunity to witness the incredible talents of China’s minority spiritual discipline. The Falun Dafa’s revival of a 5,000-year old artistic archetype though it’s amazing performance group – SHEN YUN. Impacting back in 2008, Shen Yun 2014 is even more impressive and flawless in execution and audience amazement

SHEN YUN's interpretation of the 'Descent of the Deities'

SHEN YUN’s interpretation of the ‘Descent of the Deities’

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