Lewis Carroll’s “ALICE”; an extra-ordinary search for identity Reply

Review by Ellen S. Jaffe ReviewerEllen S.
    Most of us remember Alice’s words, “curiouser and curiouser”, as she explored the absurdities of Wonderland, sometimes funny; sometimes scary. In this elaborate and truly extra-ordinary production of Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival, Alice’s curiosity and courage help her overcome fear and confusion, as she journeys through a world of imagination, reflecting Victorian society & turning it upside-down.
Oxford mathematics professor, Charles Dodgson, originally created the story in 1862, while taking the three Liddell sisters – including Alice – on a summer afternoon boat ride. Dodgson published the classic novel under the pen-name, Lewis Carroll, in 1865, and staged in 1886.

the cast of ALICE in WONDERLAND

The cast of ALICE in WONDERLAND   –   photo by David Cooper


Miller’s “ALL MY SONS” challenges and inspires Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
    Stratford’s stunning production of Arthur Miller’s, All My Sons, takes the audience on a gut-wrenching, roller coaster in which the concepts of loyalty, patriotism and the American Dream are tested and tried. Recommendation- watch the show with seat belt fastened. There are twists and turns in every scene and something evil lurks beneath the surface. As the tree – so skillfully split by lightening in the first scene indicates – make the wrong move and you’re dead.
There is a lot of death and destruction in Miller’s brilliant script, first produced in 1947, but there is also a lot of hope.     Photo courtesy of David Hou

Blake & Afful in n on-stage dramatic moment

        Blake & Afful in a  dramatic on-stage moment


Soulpepper celebrates feminist psyche Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
Wendy Wasserstein’s play, The Heidi Chronicles, captures the essence of Hillary Clinton’s generation of feminists. With its female encounter groups, strobe light dances, protest movements, power lunches and baby showers, the Soulpepper production, tracks the progress of the women’s movement from the 1960’s to 1990’s America, and provides glimpses of pivotal moments in a woman’s life—from her teens to her forties.
In a compelling performance by Michelle Monteith, Heidi Holland, an art historian/professor, has made it her life’s mission to make sure women artists aren’t erased from the canon of prominent painters.

The original off-Broadway cast of the HEIDI CHRONICLES

The original off-Broadway cast of the HEIDI CHRONICLES


“Two-fer” at W.E.S.T. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

The GTA’s ‘Fringe Festival’ season looms just over the horizon; what better time to stage a couple of Fringe-type 1-hour plays than now! Izad Etemadi’s “LAUGH WITH LEILA” and “XOXO: the RELATIONSHIP SHOW” created & starring Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett, both inform and educate as well as entertain.
The former one-man effort introduces us to a young and single Iranian girl growing up in post-Shah Pahlevi Persia and under the sharia rule of Khomeini. ‘Hijab’; Chador; ‘Niqab’ and Burkas are all humorously defined and visually delineated.

Izad Etemadi's "LEILA"

Izad Etemadi’s “LEILA”

Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett's "XOXO RELATIONSHIPS"

Chalmers & McCabe-Bennett’s “XOXO RELATIONSHIPS”


All’s Fair in ‘LEMONS’ and War Reply

   Review by Michael Piscitelli  reviewerMichael P2
         A play should make you feel. If it doesn’t, it falls short. If it does, it hits you like a truck and makes your heart race. You despise a character or alternatively appreciate an actor for a terrific performance. Lemon by Andrew Markowiak hits the mark as part of Filament Incubator’s #8playsin8months.
Lemon is the story of a girl named Liz (Julia Hussey) coming home after 5 years away, dreading and cursing the slim pickings of the post-school job market, and decides to open a lemonade stand out on her parent’s front lawn.

LEMON's creative play poster

LEMON’s creative play poster


Miller’s political prophecies resonate Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

Arthur Miller’s, “Incident at Vichy”, is a speeding train that carries the audience into the heart of the Holocaust. SOULPEPPER has mounted an unforgettable, disturbing and eerily prophetic production of a classic drama. Director Alan Dilworth accentuates the play’s power with an understated, minimalistic touch.
It’s a regular day for the German and French inspectors; guards; and examiners in 1942 Vichy. Their actions and emotions are those of bureaucrats – not torturers or executioners. There are no guards present. The interrogations are going on off-stage. The audience hears an occasional laugh, or raised voice,
                 Photo by  Cylla von Tidemann

Ado, Hughes, Matemoros, Nasmith, Lancaster, Fernandes & Dennis on-stage in "VICHY"

Ado, Hughes, Matamoros, Nasmith, Lancaster, Fernandes & Dennis on-stage in “VICHY”