Mercer-Oh trio; part of 5@1st series Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Mercer-Oh Trio offered an afternoon of very interesting music in their 5 at The First series on Saturday afternoon. The concert began with Concertino #1 by Julius Klengel played by 11 year old Maya Grittani on cello, accompanied by EJ Kim on piano. Grittani’s playing was technically awesome, she will be a player definitely to be heard when she matures adding emotional colour & depth. Right now her rational approach is appropriate for her age and quite refreshing. She chose a piece difficult enough to show her mastery of the instrument without being overwhelmed.

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

The trio plus soloist Grittani at forefront

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“You say tomato, I say Shut up!” – loving, farting & bickering Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Journalism 101: – “Only write about things you know”. American literary celebs Gurwitch & Kahn created a comedic insightful look at their own marriage; its pitfalls, achievements and most of all – differing interpretations. What could be more rational for Galahad Productions’ director Yo Mustafa than to recruit an actual husband/wife pair to portray the protagonists? Pudgy & Michael Quast are an inspired choice to define and depict the Kahn relationship as well as just about every marriage that lasts at least a decade. Our own included!

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their 'naugahyde' anniversary [10th]

Annabelle & Jeff (the Quasts) celebrating their ‘naugahyde’ anniversary [10th]

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“LES MIZ”; by Aurora’s Marquee Productions – a standout’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To study Hugo’s colossal ‘Les Misérables’ is a titanic undertaking. First tried the original French, but switched to a more portable English translation. Finally, settled on the Digest version but even the Coles Notes™ text was so dramatic, so well written and so dynamic that once started- couldn’t be laid aside. Director Alexander Galant’s rendering of LES MIZ is just as captivating and the audience will be completely ensnared in the plot; its progress, and certainly its message.

"Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons" pour la liberte

“Formez vos bataillons; marchons, marchons” pour la liberte

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“There GOES the bride”; not a mis-quote Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewerDGcolor               Theatre Etobicoke’s current offering of “THERE GOES THE BRIDE” isn’t the 1932 absconder tale; its the Ray Cooney/John Chapman comedy about temporary amnesia à la Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee”, or Foster’s recent ‘Gentleman Clothier’ about mental time-travel. In this iteration, it’s her father whose knock on the head manifests itself in a sexy flapper construal of ‘Harvey’; which results in necessitated character exchanges straight out of ‘High Society’. Not quite plagiaristic; but close!

family & guests chez Westerby

family & guests chez Westerby

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A Beautiful President’s Award evening Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

If music be the food of love, play on.” This is a quote from one of my favourite Shakespeare plays talking about how music can be used to indulge in our interests and bring great joy. I found there to be much joy and great talent at the 72nd annual Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival and President’s Trophy Showcase.The talent that these young people (okay, I say young people, but we’re talking my age range and below here) is simply astounding.

Winner Julia performing on-stage

Winner Julia Mirzoev performing on-stage

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“Sci-Fi (musical) Spectacular” Reply

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Beam me up Scotty”; “May the force be with you”; “Live long and prosper”; ‘PHASERS on STUN’ – all words to live by, and contributed to the lexicon by science fiction movies and TV. The majority of these were accentuated by the background musical scores which also has become part of our cultural glossary. Many folks can’t recite the vowels WITHOUT resorting to the five communicating notes that were intrinsic to “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind!”.

trombonist Martin; trumpeter Larson sharing podium

trombonist Martin; trumpeter Larson sharing podium

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