“Windmill Theatre”, fun for performers & audience alike 1

Review by Terry McMetter & Danny O’Gaisin

Mississauga possesses a remarkably informal yet diversionary example of community ethos that offers an eclectic variety of vocal music. The soloists and combined voices of Windmill Theatre have something besides melodic talent; they obviously enjoy doing what they so ably can do. Their palpable pleasure in offering up each selection is mirrored in the enjoyment experienced by their audience. This weekend’s performances are titled ‘Tartan Joy’ and it certainly is!

the WINDMILL Choristers

the WINDMILL Choristers

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“The Heart of Robin Hood”; an innovative Mirvish success Reply

Review by Shibley AhmedreviewerAhmed
               It’s not often we celebrate the exploits of bandits, swindlers and overall criminals but that’s the case when describing a certain archetypal English hero and his band of “Merry Men”. Laced with a live bluegrass soundtrack and a multifaceted acrobatic theme we witness as folk music meets folklore in David Farr’s latest classic adaptation, “The Heart of Robin Hood”.
As the title suggests, this particular remake explores the softer side of our protagonist.  Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Gabriel Ebert & Izzie Steele in Sherwood Forest

Gabriel Ebert & Izzie Steele in Sherwood Forest

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“The Mumberley Inheritance”; Rx for February ‘blahs Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Feb. 6th, ‘15

A number of years ago (i.e. before SAD was defined) my GP prescribed heading south during February to offset a diagnosed ‘February Blahs’. Fortunately, West End Studio Theatre has a remedy that’s cheaper and requires no security line-ups… it’s Warren Graves’ MUMBERLEY INHERITANCE and I guarantee the season’s inclemency will seem almost non-existent for every audience member who has an easy sense of humour. It’s that enjoyable and professionally presented.

the Good; Bad & Ugly residents of Mumberley Mansion

the Good; Bad & Ugly residents of Mumberley Mansion

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“Glengarry Glen Ross”; portrait of a hustle Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Occasionally it behooves a critic to preamble a column by acknowledging a bias or an involved history. This is one such circumstance. From 1973 to ’81, I worked for a Buffalo N.Y. – based pool company branch-operating locally …it was an eye-opener into the machinations of high-powered American sales techniques. Some of those can be witnessed on “Pawn Stars”. Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” characterizes some of those; but 1987’s “TIN MEN” could have been shot in my showroom.

the antagonists of Glengarry Glen Ross's Real Estate office

the antagonists of Glengarry Glen Ross’s Real Estate office

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