“It’s FESTIVAL Time” Reply

Editorial by Terry Gaisin

It’s (Almost) summertime. Here are some of the cultural events that we and our readers will appreciate. Book early…book often!

SHAW is always a something-for-everyone event. Jackie Maxwell selects productions that educate; entertain and are continually a challenging stage for her repertory thespians. STRATFORD consistently re-tutors us in the works of Shakespeare as well as other classics. The BROTT NAO series of concerts, gives an opportunity to new graduates to perform alongside experienced professionals. The TORONTO Fringe presents 150 1-hour plays that are un-pre-juried…so anything goes.

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch aboard "La Bamba II, circa 2008

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch aboard “La Bamba II, 2008


Niagara-on-the-Lake’s SHAW list has “Sweet Charity” to entice those ‘Big Spenders’. G.B.S.’s original i.e. before My Fair Lady tale of Pygmalion; The Festival will “Light up the (NOTL) Sky”; we’ll meet “The Lady From the Sea” and also have a date with some “Divine”- “TOP GIRLS”…instead of leering, how about a “TWELVE POUND LOOK”.

“You never can Tell” about “PETER & THE STARCATCHER”, who can be spotted at “The Next Whiskey Bar”. For the brighter I.Q.’s there’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Methinks, we’ll be acronym-ing with ‘TIHG@C&SWAK2TS”
Further away from our Border but just as pretty; STRATFORD celebrates 63 years of expansion from a tented beginning to four permanent edifices. Antoni Cimolino brings four of Shakespeare’s plays that are balanced by two popular musicals inc. Sound of Music. The Diary of Anne Frank; “The Physicists” and POSSIBLE WORLDS are his more modern dramatizations. Audiences will also be able to choose from the classics. “She Stoops to Conquer” is in the same category as OEDIPUS REX and “The Alchemist”; both renowned thespian challenges. There is also a world premiere entitled “The Last Wife” that’s sure to interest audiences.

The BROTT season has some old & some new offerings. His VIVA L’ITALIA concert was one of O.A.R.’s first exposures to the Festival; it’s in Burlington next week. High Tea is back as is the house pianist – Valerie Tryon and local Jazz great – Rita Chiarelli. Two opera offerings: – “Popera” will have seven soloists; and “Barber of Seville” will have Bugs Bunny trim Elmer Fudd during the overture –NOT! End July with bring back Lindsay Deutsch and we admit bias – we’ve adopted her as part of the family.

The TORONTO FRINGE will bring 1200 actors in 150 presentations at 28 venues for the 27th time. Even though 55-60-minute offerings can’t compete with full-staged plays for the O.A.R. TOP TEN LISTS, some have been so professional and so well done as to merit an HONORABLE MENTION for every year in the past eight!

All of the above have websites available through their ads in our paper except for the Fringe (we’ll have to rectify that for next year). Their website is fringetoronto.com

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