“SIDE SHOW”, a musical about a natal rarity Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry; step right up folks and see some human wonders of the World…!. This emblematic cry of the carnival barkers hopefully would draw patrons to see freaks of nature.  During the early part of 20th century; the Hilton sisters – Daisy & Violet; conjoined at the hip were features all over Europe as the ‘Singing Siamese Twins’. A few years ago, composer Henry Krieger collaborated with Bill Russell to create a musical retelling of their lives. Result- SIDE SHOW, the musical.

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

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Cabaret; a take on a musical-take of a play 4

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Contemplating how many musicals with which I’m actually familiar, I’m surprised with how few I know. “CABARET” is one such that falls into the latter category and thus, a pleasant and novel surprise. We’ve previously been to see several successful shows at the Lower Ossington Theatre, so the bar had been set very high. Thankfully, I wasn’t let down. The play is a musical retelling of the early 50’s Broadway drama titled “I Am A Camera’ and is an almost biographical tale of Chris Isherwood’s visit to pre-war underworld Berlin.

Sally Bowles ( Kylie) head & shoulders above CABARET's Kit Kat Kandies

Sally Bowles ( Kylie) head & shoulders above CABARET’s Kit Kat Kandies

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LONDON ROAD, robust, fast-paced & compelling Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

Eleven actors—five women and six men portray more than fifty characters who lived or worked on the same street as the murderer who killed five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006—rid themselves of angst, horror and repulsion through chanting repetitive phrases like a compulsive exorcism. London Road, currently playing at CanStage (Bluma Appel Theatre), is an ingenious work-of-art.
Photo by David Hou

the denizens of LONDON ROAD

the denizens of LONDON ROAD

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Weiss & Kuerti Jr. with the HPO Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                    Most conductors interpret a composition; some like Julian Kuerti examine, even analyze a subject work. This was evident in his orchestra positioning, erudite commentary to the audience and certainly obvious during his rendering of a smoothly segued Strauss Metamorphosen & the Beethoven Egmont overture. He demonstrated an innate sense of which passages should be accentuated, and selected tempi /pauses for minimizing or exaggerating. The result was dramatic but without musical histrionics.

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

Weiss & Kuerti + the HPO

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“The… Musician: An Étude”, displayed at the Distillery 1

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

The Distillery District is one of the oldest and most well-known areas of Toronto. It seems fitting that a place of great history should give birth to new and exciting pieces of art. From the strange metal spider to the spiralling cone of steel, to Soulpepper™ just around the corner; art flourishes in the ‘hood!
              The… Musician: An Étude is “a study of the auditory and visual perception of the audience and the performer”, i.e. using light & sound as if it were a distinct character unto itself.

a visually dramatic moment in "THE MUSICIAN...an etude.

a visually dramatic moment in “THE MUSICIAN…an etude.

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The Wedding Singer, a Hart House ceremony Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Musical theatre has always had a special place in my heart; ever since I began my love of theatre back in high school. Since then I have tried to see many different musicals; even so far as to do two summers worth of musical theatre camp at Stratford. When I was invited to critique The Wedding Singer at Hart House, it was an opportunity to finally see- instead of perform; in a musical.

The Wedding Singer is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie of the same name.

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

the protagonists involved with the WEDDING SINGER

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