Oakville Ensemble:- subject –Majestic; O.E. – ditto 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

The Oakville Ensemble‘s season finale is titled “Majestic”; a referral to both the program and the composers themselves. In spite of artistic director Stéphane Potvin’s claim that Johann S. Bach and Georg Handel were ordinary people; this particular musicologist feels that great composers are ‘special’ and imbued with a God-given talent to make an eternal contribution to humanity. Beethoven’s nine symphonies impress me even more than reading about someone walking on water! (I can hear the shouts of ‘sacrilege’ even without opening our windows!)

The mixed orchestra/choir OAKVILLE ENSEMBLE

The mixed orchestra/choir OAKVILLE ENSEMBLE

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The Dining Room…50⨫6= challenge & diversion Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

A.R. Gurney’s early 80’s NY Studio Theatre play ‘The Dining Room’ is a pastiche of brief vignettes about American WASPs of the era interacting in and around a formal dining room. The locale may be common; but the relationships, personas and incidents are separate and singular. What makes the Dining Room so special is having the eighteen essays acted by only six thespians.
With only minor costume and accessory changes, the actors must create the identities and personalities of the fifty characters that are represented.

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

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Taming of the Shrew…MTC’s evolutionary take Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewer_DannyShakespeare’s perpetually cherished comedy – ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ is one of this scribe’s favorites (& I have my wife’s permission to say so) although, the theme deals with the subjugation of womanhood; especially one’s spouse. We’ve seen this particular play numerous times over the past few years; including the original, & Patrick Young’s ‘Taming of the Tamer’ version at Erindale. So; why another critique? McMaster Thespian Company’s director Jenn Helsdon is presenting an on-stage thesis about how the control struggle is eternal but even with the troughs & crests of equality; manipulation always remains an intrinsic element.

McMaster Thgespian Company's "TAMING" cast

McMaster Thespian Company’s “TAMING” cast

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