“RUMORS”; farce and the three “B” s 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
“Farce: Fr. n. Exaggerated comedy based on broadly humorous highly unlikely situations”. Webster’s New World Dictionary. Neil (no relation to Paul) Simon’s only attempt to create in this genre demonstrates his comprehension limits of the first word of the definition. The author of such megahits as ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’; The Odd Couple; “Promises, Promises”; and The Goodbye Girl plus myriad others somehow overdid his attempt with 1988’s RUMORS. Perhaps if he had read Feydeau’s late 19c. “Hotel Peccadillo”; he might have toned down his effort, resulting in something more aptly titled “Speculations” or “Allegations”.

The players involved in "RUMORS"

The players comedically involved in “RUMORS”


“Catch Me If You Can”; a musical about larceny & youth Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Ages ago, while flying back from Italy, the airline was showing the Spielberg movie with Di Caprio & Hanks about the actual larcenous antics of Frank Abagnale Jr. Unfortunately, a tailwind brought us to YYZ about 15 minutes early and so I never found out how the story ended…until now. Meadowvale Music Theatre is presenting the musical version of ‘CATCH ME IF YOU CAN’ and the plot remains (almost) true to the actual saga. By age 19, the young man had conned the system for about 2 million dollars. Talk about youthful enterprise!

the cast of "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"

                    The cast of “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”


Hammer Baroque’s Valentine subject – ‘Amore’ Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            Hammer Baroque’s February concert was ‘Amore’. It consisted of madrigals from Renaissance England and Italy sung by Capella Intima with lutenist Magdalena Tomsinska. Capella Intima is a quartet of singers, soprano Sheila Dietrich, tenor Bud Roach, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo and baritone David Roth who perform frequently at Hammer Baroque. Most of the works presented were Sixteenth Century pieces with John Dowland, Philippe Verdelot, John Wilbye & Jacques Arcadelt the most prominent composers.
The afternoon began with a lovely polyphonic invitation from Dowland for love to ‘come again’.

Tomsinska; Dietrich; Erms Modolo; Roach & Roth

    Singers -Tomsinska; Dietrich; Enns Modolo; Roach & Roth


THE MILL on the FLOSS; or “Tulliver’s Travels” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin}reviewerDJG
           Mary Ann Evans (aka George Elliot) wrote THE MILL ON THE FLOSS around 1860 and set about forty years earlier. The author wrote under the pseudonym so that she might attract a wider readership than women authors attracted with vapid love stories. The Mill etc. is heavy with overt and transparent symbolism such as the water wheel, (what goes around…) the millrace (flow of life) and the inevitability of tides. The play teems with artistic imagery thus; challenges face any director to create a semblance of credibility; Anita La Selva certainly succeeds.

the famous John Constable painting of The Mill

The famous John Constable 19th C. painting of “The Mill”


Hamilton theatre salutes Black History Month Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
Two theatre events in Hamilton during Black History Month deserve mention, although we have not done full reviews because each had only one or two performances. Both shows made excellent theatre from the words of history itself.  Leslie McCurdy presented her one-woman show, “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman”, on February 4 at the Lincoln Alexander Centre.  Leslie hails from Windsor, Ontario, and has been touring this show for 14 years in Canada and the U.S.  Using simple, on-stage costume changes, occasional singing, and superb acting, she presents Harriet Tubman’s life-story.

The Greensboro N.C. sit-ins;  circa 1960

The Greensboro N.C. sit-ins; circa 1960


“FLOYD COLLINS”; a tragic musical based on reality Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
‘There was a spelunker named Floyd; who was told caving he should avoid.
But he didn’t listen – in the cave he went missin’; his naysayers had the last ‘woid’.
Even the most unflappable columnists sometimes go off the rails, so please forgive the above doggerel as just yours truly being immature. In any case, it does reflect the plot of Guettel & Landau’s musical “FLOYD COLLINS”. Every snowbird driving south on U.S. 75 passes the turnoff sign for Mammoth Cave just north of the Kentucky Tennessee border.

Ben Chiasson as "FLOYD COLLINS", alone in his underground grotto

Ben Chiasson as “FLOYD COLLINS”, alone in his underground grotto