Berkeley Theatre stages a ‘two-fer’ evening 1

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.

In this dynamic double-bill, Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom, playwright, Jordan Tannahill, looks into history and myth, spinning bits of information and “what-if’s” into drama relevant to the 21st century.  Beautifully acted and directed, this production of two world-premieres up at Canadian Stage shows the true power of theatre. Tannahill’s writing is dramatic, sharp and meaningful, with well-placed touches of humour.  Both plays are directed by recent graduates of the combined Canadian Stage/York University’s MFA program in theatre.  The same actors appear in both productions – a challenge they meet well.           Photos of BOTH play moments

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Great show, Mrs. Markham! Reply

Review by Sylvie Di LeonardoReviewerSylvie2 

The Village-Theater-Waterdown’s production of Ray Cooney and John Chapman’s comedy of errors, Move Over, Mrs. Markham is a show worth seeing again and again. Set in 1970s London, the play, on-stage at James United Church, features characters whose lives are as much in renovation as the stylish downtown flat which constitutes the main set. The Markham’s, their business partners, and some rather strange and unexpected guests create and confuse identities, as they try to fraternize covertly, gossip freely, and cover their trails. This two-act script is lengthy, though the cast’s perfectly-timed delivery does not leave room for the mind to wander.

The original playbill for MOVE OVER, Mrs. Markham

The original playbill for MOVE OVER, Mrs. Markham

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Young artists shine at Oakville’s OCO concert 1

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
    The Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented an evening of extraordinary music making for its final concert of the 2015/2016. The Concerto Competition Grand Prize winners presented two wonderful concertos – Catherine Ma performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 and Tiffany Yeung, playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. The evening began with a pleasant rendition of Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro played by the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. This extremely well-known piece of music begins a rather subversive opera, on the theme of the untrustworthiness of the nobility, and the resourcefulness of servants.

Ma & Yeung post-concert

            Ma & Yeung post-concert

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