O.A.R.’s “THE TOP TEN”, 2013 Reply

Selected by Staff & Admin.

Lucky13th time; the ninth as our own publishers,  acknowledging those events of 2013 that – to our minds were paramount. Selections are based on impact- whether amusing, educational or thought-provoking to the audience.  This past year, illness reduced (for the 1st time) the number of events attended to just under 200. Herewith our editorial team’s selections in calendar order

the cast of THE PYJAMA GAME

the cast of THE PAJAMA GAME


Editorial intro & article response Reply

by Terry Metter;
Editor, O.A.R.

 Two basic tenets of responsible critiquing are integrity and consistent steadfastness. Unless the writer is submitting a ‘puff-piece’ or acting as a P.R. instrument; it is his or her DUTY to tell it like it is. Ignoring errors or faults so glaring as to be noticeable by numerous audience  members completely diminishes a writer’s credibility. Our ARTS REVIEW stands by the opinions published yesterday; but in fairness, prints [unedited] a response by the music director of Shooting Star’s PAJAMA GAME.

Mr. Gaisin,
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to come and see out production of Pajama Game last night. We are always grateful for the support that OAR has shown us over the past few years.
As the band’s directorm (sic) I was naturally disappointed to read your review of our current production More…

APOLOGY – to the T.O. Fringe Reply

To the TORONTO FRINGE; it’s staff and especially all the entries who put so much effort into bringing their creations to the stage. Due to what I thought was the ‘flu; and turned out to be a serious liver infection that required over two weeks hospitalization; I was unable to attend and critique any of the no-doubt talented efforts offered. Fortunately, our columnist George Crotty stepped up to the plate and his reviews have all been published.

Please forgive me and invite us back for 2014!

Danny Gaisin,  Ontario Arts Review



Editorial notice to our readers and subscribers -2nd request! Reply

Our website provider displays the number and subjects that are brought to our website via Search engines. We receive approximately six daily requests about booking or scheduling information for Hamilton’s theatre aquarius.
For the past three years our ARTS REVIEW has not been on that institution’s list of accredited Media. So, if you happen to be interested in whatever they’re staging – we suggest you call them directly or look them up in other press publications.

 E. Terry Gaisin

O.A.R.’s TOP TEN for 2012 Reply

Annually, we acknowledge those events of 2012 that stood out among the over 200 that our writers attended. As is our usual analytical technique, our selection process is based on impact- whether amusing, educational or thought-provoking… but definitely memorable. Our coverage of the Toronto shows gave us some efforts that we decided deserved special inclusion. We’d also like to pass on some statistics that our new website format made available to us.
               We average over 4,000 readers a month and have been sought out from 96 different countries. The Toronto Fringe was the most read; followed by the Brott NAO; Opera Kitchener’s ‘Don Giovanni’, RENT staged in Ottawa and the Stage West “DIVORCE PARTY”. The HPO performance titled ‘Wicked’ attracted the most comments!
Herewith our editorial team’s selections in calendar order

Blair, Rider-Shaw & chorus of SHAW's 42nd Street

Blair, Rider-Shaw & chorus of STRATFORD’s “42nd Street”


An “O.F.’s” Bucket list start; or what we did… Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

The initials abbreviate the term ‘Old Fart’ – and refer not only to the endemic gastric condition that occurs with aging; but to a mental state as well. This particular O.F. took to finally realizing a lifelong ambition to motorcycle drive by purchasing a Vespa™ scooter as a personal 70th birthday present to me. Three years later, we’ve moved up to a 750cc Honda, familiarly called ‘Rhonda’ and enjoyed her so much that the 2-week winter break seemed a fortuitous time to schlep her down south for some sunny winter riding.  However, CAVEATS!!!

Terry & her Harley-riding celebrants. Dec. 2012

Terry & her Harley-riding celebrants. Dec. 2012