“Salt-Water Moon” shines bright at factory Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
          Beautifully imagined and staged by director Ravi Jain, the Factory Theatre’s production of “Salt-Water Moon” by David French, will go straight to the audience’s heart. The play’s two characters, Mary Snow, played with delicate strength by Mayko Nguyen, and Jake Mercer, portrayed with charismatic vitality by Kawa Ada, are in a sense “naked” on stage—dressed in ordinary clothes, with no props or scenery except for fifty or more candles in glass jars, spread across the stage like stars and carefully lit by Mary as the play opens.

the protagonists of SALT WATER MOON having an intimate moment

the protagonists of SALT WATER MOON having an intimate moment

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Buffalo, NY’s Kavinoky Play – a conversation starter Reply

reviewerJudith Robinson
         The City of Conversation, at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, is a must-see presentation. The actors are strong—the plot stimulating and the emotional tension riveting. The backdrop for the drama, the fight between the Democrats and the Republicans between 1979 and 2009, is like watching Trump versus Hillary. When lead actor, Hester Ferris, a Washington socialite and Ted Kennedy supporter, played by Kristen Tripp Kelley, pits off against young upstart Republican and Reagan backer, Anna Fitzgerald, portrayed by Aleks Malejs, fireworks fly.
Photo courtesy of Kahle Bostaph

A tense on-stage political dialogue

                                                      A tense on-stage political dialogue

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Mozart’s Delightful Birthday Bash Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewerDave-R
        Tafelmusik celebrated Mozart’s 260th birthday with a joyful celebration, at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, in Toronto. The February 25th performance was its second of four concerts entitled ‘The Best of Mozart’. The Toronto Symphony had begun the January 27th birthday festivities with the the Jupiter Symphony in January, and a semi-staged production of the Mozart Requiem, as part of the Mozart@260 Festival. And The Canadian Opera Company carried on the celebrations with a production of The Marriage of Figaro. Tafelmusik in performance          More…

“PERICLES, Prince of Tyre” – another Erindale challenge Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Quotation: -“With old age, memory is the second thing to go”. Way back when this O.F. was studying Eng. Lit. 101, I failed a test for having written about Shakespeare’s PERICLES as a tragedy. Wrong! In retrospect, is a story about incest; murder; forced prostitution; kidnapping and mental breakdown really comedic? Now, another chance to re-analyze.
Like an orchestra conductor; army general; or totalitarian dictator, a theatre director not only is the individual where the buck stops, he or she is the exponent of what is finally staged.    Photo by Jim Smagata

Alma Sarai & Brett Houghton dancing in celebration

Alma Sarai (Thaisa) & Brett Houghton (Pericles) dancing in celebration

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Tafelmusik Takes Bach to Port Perry Reply

Review by David RichardsReviewers Dave & Jan
           On the heels of a much-heralded sold-out series of performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Tafelmusik headed out on a bus this past week to a series of small towns in Southern Ontario. The ensemble gave afternoon performances for students and evening concerts for the public in Gravenhurst and Midland before yesterday’s performances in Port Perry. Invited by the Scugog Council for the Arts, Tafelmusik performed Bach and His World, a work conceived, programmed and scripted by double bassist Alison Mackay.                    Photo courtesy of  Glenn Davidson

"Tafelmusicians" under imposing projection of J.S. Bach

“Tafelmusicians” under imposing projection of J.S. Bach

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“SHREK, The Musical” – fairy tales…I’m a believer! 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
           Confession; this writer had never seen neither the movie nor even knew about the Jeanine Tesori ’08 musical version. So, witnessing the Meadowvale Music Theatre’s production of SHREK was obviously without bias or comparison. This ridiculous story about a misanthropic reclusive ogre having his ‘hood invaded by refugee storybook characters and thus necessitated to renegotiate his real estate situation turns out to be a ridiculously ‘punny’ opportunity for rare directorial liberties and cast members to vent their individual innate sense of humour.

the amazing cast of SHREK & their costuming

the amazing cast of SHREK & their costuming

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