Review by E. Lisa Moses
The world premiere of Maja Ardal’s play, The Hero of Hunter Street, tackles one of the biggest industrial catastrophes in Canadian history. Massive explosions, and a four-day fire in a Peterborough, Ont. Quaker Oats plant, killed 24 men 100 years ago, and left the community reeling. Directed by Kim Blackwell, the play at the 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook leverages the talents of 47 professional and volunteer actors – from an infant to an octogenarian. Their 75 characters treat the poignant story, intricate characterizations and profound emotions with sensitivity and grace.
A moment of comedic relief Photo by Wayne Eardley (Brookside Studio)
Review by Judith Caldwell
The National Academy Orchestra gave an outstanding performance of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, in Waterdown, Part of The Brott Music Festival, the concert also featured a large choir and four talented soloists. The N.A.O. is made up of recent music graduates who are just beginning their professional careers. They gain the opportunity to play orchestral music during the Festival, while being mentored by seasoned orchestral players, who give them both musical and business advice. The competition for places is quite fierce and the standards very high.
Conductor Brott & soloist BARB CROALL
Review by Danny Gaisin
Oscar Wilde was a Victorian author whose plays; ‘Windermere’s Fan’; ‘Ideal Husband’ & ‘…Ernest’ were all bigger hits than A Woman of no Importance, currently on stage at SHAW’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Eda Holmes, the play is (sort of) updated to 1951 although the costumes; dated plot and morality are still rooted in the last half of the nineteenth century. Wilde’s fascination with satirizing the upper class and confronting the double-standard of the period is reflected in all his plays. Photo by David Cooper
Some of the women of ” A WOMAN of No IMPORTANCE
Review by Danny Gaisin
The Victorian era was period of progress including within the arts. Although the moral dictates were strict, subtlety and ironic endings endowed theatre with the opportunity to poke fun at its world. W.S. Gilbert was a master of satirizing the hypocrisy of the times, and was probably one of the reasons his collaboration with Sullivan was so symbiotic and successful. His 1879 play “ENGAGED” is a convoluted farcical play about an almost middle-aged man who falls in love with every woman he meets. His family commissions another fellow to keep him from taking the fatal marital step.
Photo courtesy of David Cooper
the cast of “ENGAGED”