Review by Michael Piscitelli
I enjoy learning about other cultures, especially when it is presented in a way that speaks to me. Granted, this particular way is through gossip, scandal and a lot of exposition, but I learned a lot – none the less. From his Off Broadway smash hit run, to meeting the lady of the hour herself, Carlos Cedran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda was educational, inspiring and entertaining – all in one.
We were very fortunate to be invited to this year’s Kultura Festival celebrating Philippine culture and identity.
Carlos Cedran, on stage interpreting part of Philippine history
Review By Judith Robinson
There’s a lot of good information in Tony Kushner’s play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures now playing at the Shaw Festival. The playwright has really done his research and there’s a mind boggling array of sizzling one-liners and quotes from theological, philosophical and religious figures—some in Latin. And his passionate portrayal of a Brooklyn family on the brink of disaster is scintillating. But this play gives new meaning to the word overkill. Photo courtesy of David Cooper [Shaw]
The cast of “Intelligent homosexual’s guide…” on-stage @ the Shaw Festival
Editor’s Note: The following concert took place last week but the critique could not be (technically) uploaded until today. Apologies. ETG
Review by Judith Caldwell
Maitrise Des Hauts de France, young singers of Lambersart, gave a concert At St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Waterdown on Sunday evening. Francois Verschaeve was their translator/ interpreter for their North American tour and in exchange requested a concert in his home town of Waterdown. He promised Father Lobsinger of St Thomas’ that he would fill the church for it – he got his wish on both counts. The choir was led by Conductor Jerome Cupelli and accompanied by Martine Betremieux on piano or organ.
The choir performing in Waterdown
Review by Judith Robinson
Annabel Soutar’s documentary play, Seeds, plants dissention. Scientists, researchers, industry representatives, advocacy groups and farmers argue the safety of genetically modified organisms, commonly called GMO’s. Through verbatim trial transcripts, interviews and speeches Soutar crafts a powerful mine field of what if’s.Though obviously attempting to appear unbiased, Soutar’s script weighs heavily on the side of banning GMO’s. And the production, at the Blyth Theatre, is at its most powerful and poignant when the playwright strips away her attempts at being objective and presents her true feelings no holds barred. Photo courtesy of Terry Manza
David Fox & Severn Thompson in a dramatic “SEEDS” moment
Review by Danny Gaisin
Hamilton has been fortunate to be the home of, and recipient of, the musical largesse of an artistic virtuoso. Boris brought us his eponymous classical music festival; Boris brought the National Academy Orchestra here, making Hamilton the Mecca for young graduates. Last evening, Boris brought back opera to Hamilton, after a two year hiatus. Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia performed at Mohawk’s McIntyre was a brilliantly creative take on this opera comique.
Dunham; Menzies & Burrage hoping to escape “piano, piano”
Review by Judith Robinson
The Shaw Festival’s production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea is sheer perfection. The backstage elements, the direction, and the acting combine to create an otherworldly, enchanting experience. This is not typical Ibsen. Although there is the usual strong female protagonist who struggles against the conventions of middle class morality, as in The Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, this play goes deeper. The added mythological dimensions, the heightened poetic language, and the ever present pulse of nature overpower the domestic storyline. Photo courtesy of Shaw’s David Cooper
Moya O’Connell; Kyle Blair & Andrew Bunker in “Lady from the Sea”