“TONS of MONEY”: -Tons of Laughs Reply

Review by: Michael Piscitelli
Community theatre oft-times gets looked down upon because it’s “not professional”; and “volunteers don’t work as hard as paid pros”. This is a stigma that I’ve never liked and often have chastised people for being prejudiced and unusually harsh. I’ve acted in community plays; worked in paid gigs and have seen the same level of professionalism from both sides. The Scarborough Village Theatre associates are welcoming and incredibly hospitable; which I’ve found is something that doesn’t get showcased very often in the professional world to the degree a community theatre does.  Tons of Money was professional, hilarious and a great way to spend an evening.

The cast of “TONS OF MONEY”

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“No Tell Motel”; comedy with a soupçon of compassion Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Michael Wilmot’s Hamilton Fringe entry ‘Love Shack’ made its way up to mainstream as “No Tell Motel”. This hilarious story is about a middle-aged couple deciding that an afternoon assignation at a 3rd rate motel might spice up their lives. The seediness of their room; her reticence & his horniness plus the complication of an inquisitive manager and a disruptive spouse make the effort for a little hanky panky seem hardly worth it; but totally hilarious to observe. Wilmot was a monologue writer for Jay Leno and his acerbic’ Tonight Show’ wit is also displayed in the ‘No Tell‘ dialogues.

Jonasson; Mitchell; Fortman & Munroe in the “Bird of Paradise” motel room

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“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Theatre Erindale 1

Review by Terry Gaisin
How fitting that Oscar Wilde’s final satirical farce would be selected by Patrick Young as his final directorial effort with UTM’s Theatre Erindale. Our Arts Review has critiqued about 70 continual Erindale presentations since 2003 and have had the opportunity to witness a dozen productions under Young’s thespian management. All of them were noteworthy and thought provoking. No doubt, this is because the man has the innate capacity to discover the essence and motivation behind each playwright’s rationale. He is a consummate examiner; researcher, and thus his results always succeed.   Photo by Jim Smagata; UTM

Himes; Bennet; Pottinger; Nguyen; Thorne; Wamsley & McDonald

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“The Book of Mormon” a hoot from start to curtain. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Admission of guilt; this scribe is a longtime fan of Eric, Kyle, Stan & Kenny (the ‘South Park’ kids), so naturally I’m an admirer of their creators -Trey Parker & Matt Stone. Along with Robert Lopez, this talented duo created the musical BOOK OF MORMON, and just like in that fictional Colorado locale, nothing is sacred and everything is grist for their destructive pens. Fortunately, the same humour that afflicted the denizens of South Park is subjected to an atheistic assault on the followers of Joseph Smith & Brigham Young. For what I know of Mormonism, read this column to its end.

Connor Peirson (Elder Cunningham) coverting the Ugandans

Connor Peirson (Elder Cunningham) converting the Ugandans

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“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”

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“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”

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