‘FAITH HEALER’; an Addictive Drama Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson


Brian Friel’s play, Faith Healer, is not about healing. In fact, the three characters succumb to their demons and become hopeless alcoholics. But in spite of the depressing story line, the Shaw’s production is worth seeing because of the powerful skill of the actors, the lyrical, lilting words and the pure electrical charge coming from the stage. A story about addictions is not easy to carry off. It takes a special audience member to hold on through three hours of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’.
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“BLITHE SPIRIT”; can apparitions leave a v/m message? Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Back in my more athletic days of street hockey/baseball/football; High School water-polo; college fencing & finally competitive yacht racing; I admit to being intimidated when up against  “A” team players. So; a little empathy for Sara Topham, Ben Carlson; & Michelle Giroux. They have to play opposite Seana McKenna in Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT.  Under impeccable direction by Brian Bedford…they more than just hold their own!
Photo by David Hou

Blythe Spirit


Topham berating Carlson; Giroux bemused!


Editorial intro & article response Reply

by Terry Metter;
Editor, O.A.R.

 Two basic tenets of responsible critiquing are integrity and consistent steadfastness. Unless the writer is submitting a ‘puff-piece’ or acting as a P.R. instrument; it is his or her DUTY to tell it like it is. Ignoring errors or faults so glaring as to be noticeable by numerous audience  members completely diminishes a writer’s credibility. Our ARTS REVIEW stands by the opinions published yesterday; but in fairness, prints [unedited] a response by the music director of Shooting Star’s PAJAMA GAME.

Mr. Gaisin,
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to come and see out production of Pajama Game last night. We are always grateful for the support that OAR has shown us over the past few years.
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“The Pajama Game”…you’ll exit humming Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Its 1950’s plot may be dated (sleepwear manufactured in America…not China); the salary raise demanded – more Bangladesh than Buffalo; and a timekeeper whose exhortations hark back to Simon Legree. But the music; lyrics and staging of Shooting Star’s presentation of Adler & Ross’s “The PAJAMA GAME” is a sure fire evening of melodic delight. Great cast, sexy costumes; fast pace and class ‘A’ choreography make this revival a ‘don’t miss’ offering.

the 'jammies' staff of "Sleep-Tite Ltd"

the ‘jammies’ staff of “Sleep-Tite Ltd”


Playing Gershwin; requires excellence; receives same! Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
               The Brott Music Festival continued on Wednesday evening with a concert of North American music featuring Gershwin. The Festival is near the end for 2013 and this years National Academy Orchestra is playing at their best, having been together now in rehearsal and in concert since May.  Each of the young musicians is very talented and together play as one of the best N.A.O. ensembles in recent years and they clearly enjoy it.

NAO's clarinetist - Yusuf Afendi

NAO’s clarinetist – Yusuf Afendi


“AIDA”:- Triumphal! but with a small “T” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Verdi’s 1871 masterful, perfect, operatic tragedy possesses everything…a libretto that covers intense love; jealousy; intrigue; angst and martyrdom. It begs for grandiose settings that excite audiences & cast; plus, some of the most memorable and challenging arias & themes in the genre. This (recuperating) old fan has seen AIDA in formats that range from the über-elaborate to a rather creative vocal-quartet suite. I admit to enjoying all of them.

Pomeroy, Azrieli & Boteva...the dynamic triangle

Pomeroy, Azrieli & Boteva…the dynamic triangle