“It’s FESTIVAL Time” Reply

Editorial by Terry Gaisin

It’s (Almost) summertime. Here are some of the cultural events that we and our readers will appreciate. Book early…book often!

SHAW is always a something-for-everyone event. Jackie Maxwell selects productions that educate; entertain and are continually a challenging stage for her repertory thespians. STRATFORD consistently re-tutors us in the works of Shakespeare as well as other classics. The BROTT NAO series of concerts, gives an opportunity to new graduates to perform alongside experienced professionals. The TORONTO Fringe presents 150 1-hour plays that are un-pre-juried…so anything goes.

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch aboard "La Bamba II, circa 2008

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch aboard “La Bamba II, 2008

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“The Mumberley Inheritance”; v- 2.0, …giggle, giggle, giggle! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Alas, the duty of a critic occasionally entails a redux to something recently seen. Our last Warren Graves’ “MUMBERLEY INHERITANCE” was a mere 14 weeks past. So, one paragraph will be strictly a reprise; all the rest of our Scarborough Theatre Guild’s analysis will be novel and hopefully as innovative as Mike Ranieri’s concept. His direction is creative and not just guiding the actors. Normal blocking is omitted; and an obviously loose rein on the dialogue permits improvisational ad-libbing.

The Scarborough Theatre Guild's MUMBERLEY cast

The Scarborough Theatre Guild’s MUMBERLEY cast

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“STITCH”, leaves one awestruck; & in stitches Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

If you ever see a remount of any theatre piece, chances are, it is being remounted for a reason. “Stitch” by Cliff Cardinal is one such piece that deserves to be remounted again and again. This brilliant piece of theatre about a porn star’s life through the industry as well as having to struggle with her own self-image is beautifully written, and will have you cringing, crying and laughing all at once. Not for the faint of heart, but very worth seeing.

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in "Stitch"

Georgina Beaty as KYLIE in “Stitch”

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‘Clarinet Quintet’; by 5 at the 1st. Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               The final concert in the 5 at the First series featured two clarinet quintets, one by Mozart and the other by Brahms, that were very different from one another. The concert opened with a young performer, Chloe Hewitt, playing from Bach’s Partita #2. This complicated work was well played even though Hewitt appeared nervous and failed to acknowledge the audience in any way. The first of the Quintets, this one by Mozart was composed for Anton Stadler who mastery of the instrument he admired.

Verschaeve,Mercer,Li,Berick,Bedard & Zhai

Verschaeve,Mercer,Li,Berick,Bedard & Zhai

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Vox Metropolis; classical AND interactive Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

The Church of St. John on Hamilton’s Charlton Street has the same cordial atmosphere and acoustics as does St. John’s in Oakville. Such ambiance somehow lends itself to an intimate environment for enjoying classical music. VOX METROPOLIS’ trio of flautist Sara Traficante; cellist Kirk Starkey and the piano of David Jones chose music from the mid-18th century right up to 2015. All of the works presented were – while some not melodic…certainly interesting.

Starkey; Jones & Traficante - performing on stage

Starkey; Jones & Traficante – performing on stage

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‘GRAND HOTEL’, “Call for Philip Dramaturge” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Mississauga Players’ in-house-authored bit of fluff plays strictly for laughs; and in that context – succeeds. As theatre, both the playwright and director need a smidgen of dramaturgical tweaking. Frank De Francesco’s pastiche ‘GRAND HOTEL’ presents six situations occurring on New Year’s Eve, as a long-suffering bellboy retires and a young replacement is thrust into the position of night manager. His involvements with the diverse hotel guests range from improbable to downright absurd. All are giggle-gleaning situations.

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

The staff and guests of the GRAND HOTEL

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