“Cymbeline”, some heavy intellectual lifting Reply

Reviewed by Blair Zilkey
              I always enjoy seeing the ‘popular Shakespeare’s: – “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Macbeth” etc. It’s fun to compare and contrast my memory of how the play was ‘done’ before; how much I enjoyed each; what was happening in my life at that time; who I attended the performance with, and what’s new this time around. Cymbeline isn’t that kind of production.  Photo courtesy of David Hou

Geraint Wynn-Davies as CYMBELINE, with cast members

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“Much Ado About Nothing ” – brilliant Reply

 Reviewed by  Deborah May 
            Throughout this rendition of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Beatrice (Deborah Hay) and Benedick (Ben Carlson) brilliantly portray their characters.  The chemistry between the actors enhances this portrayal enveloping the audience in the wit, criticism and banter between them.   The sense of timing and body gestures allows as much of the message to be communicated as do the words.     Photo by David Hou

The cast of Stratford’s 2012 “MUCH ADO…”

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‘Rule Britannia’ plus Mendelssohn Reply

Reviewed by Judith Caldwell
Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra treated us to an evening of British music plus Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1.  At first this might seem like an odd choice but it turns out that Mendelssohn was a great Anglophile who lived in Britain for extended periods and was a great favourite of Queen Victoria.

Valerie & sister Jacqui Muir

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“♫42nd Street♫” – perfect!!! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                The bane of a critic is facing a situation where he or she is going to be classified as a publicist or worse, hack. It’s our job to be constructively diagnostic. But, what does one do when facing something so precious as to be totally without flaw or fault. Advice given this scribe – confess; and then roll out the superlatives!    Photo courtesy of  David Hou

Kyle Blair; Rider-Shaw & the chorus of “Pretty Lady”

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“Wanderlust” a figment-ed Robert Service story Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
    “I wanted the gold and I sought it; I scrambled and mucked like a slave…” The fascinating and peripatetic poet Robert Service wrote these words and many more about the Northwest and the famous Klondike Rush of 1897-99. Two of his most famous poems were requisite in my High School English Lit., curriculum, but it was a family connection that made me absorb anything & everything written about the Yukon.   Photo by David Hou

Service (Tom Rooney) & his Banking cohorts

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‘Good Grief’, Charlie’s back sans Patty & Pigpen Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               I am and always was; a fan of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’. Couldn’t help myself, I was the epitome of the lead character. Couldn’t roller-skate, kite flying was a disaster and being short & a southpaw, my gloveless baseball skills were always the last ‘chosen up’. My ‘Red haired girl’ was named Nancy, and my “Cheba” always seemed as bemused by me as old Charlie was by ‘Snoopy’.      Photo by CyllaVon Tiedemann

the ‘Peanuts’ gang

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