PYGMALION, sans ‘The rain in Spain’, or ‘Loverly’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Nov.14th, ‘13

 History 101 – Greek Mythology.  2006 years ago, OVID wrote his epic ‘Metamorphoses’ which 1500 years later, contributed to many of Shakespeare’s plots, i.e. ’The Tempest’’; “Midsummer Night’s dream” & Titus Andronicus. Chaucer plagiarized other sections and so did George B. Shaw. The latter modernized (circa 1912) the fable of a sculptor who falls for his granite creation, into the tale of a phonetics teacher who turns a guttersnipe into a lady by means of language, dress and mannerism.

Eliza applying for proper vocal tuition

Eliza applying for proper vocal tuition

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“Lucky Jim Lacroix”, a killer show 1

Review by Tony Kilgannonreviewer_Tony
               Sky Gilbert wrote and directs this very engaging thought-provoking production, currently at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar.  The title character, James Lacroix; a convicted hit-man, is giving a speech for the John Howard Society, in order to get on the good side of his parole board.  He is preceded on the stage by a journalist/activist, portrayed by Stephanie Jones, who is upset that such a ruthless man is allowed this kind of opportunity for attention and thus inserted herself as a counterweight to his attempts.    Photo courtesy of James Chambers

Cadieux, in his LUCKY JIM persona, trying to convince Jones

Cadieux, in his LUCKY JIM persona, trying to convince Jones

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A magical “Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Mac 3

Review by Danny Gaisin
                No pre-arranged tickets; no ‘Reserved -MEDIA’ seat markers; no “ ‘Yea’, the Press is here”; plus two young ladies totally flabbergasted as how to handle a pair of old farts expecting ‘comps’! The evening looked to be a disaster and we had already put our car into the pay parking area. Fortunately, we were rescued and escorted into McMaster’s small theatre to see a staff/student production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is certainly one autumn evening’s DREAM!

Theseus & company introducing Midsummer Night's plot

Theseus & company introducing Midsummer Night’s plot

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“Twelfth Night” circa1602; updated to now! 1

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
Nobody can beat the classics, and one can’t get much more classical than good old William Shakespeare. Hart House’s production of TWELFTH NIGHT puts a new age spin on the play, setting it in a New England style of pub, very reminiscent of something you might find in the Maritimes, and keeping all of the action within the pub.        Photo courtesy of Andrea Wasserman

Cast of the Hart House take on 12th NIGHT

Cast of the Hart House take on 12th NIGHT

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Birth of Frankenstein… in T.O. ??? Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P

When wandering the streets of Toronto, it’s always refreshing to stumble upon something you weren’t expecting to see. Granted, I wasn’t wandering the streets, nor did I stumble upon Litmus Theatre’s production of The Birth of Frankenstein, but I stand by my point anyway. In a city filled with opportunity, such as Toronto, going to a new venue to see a new work, has the potential to be, a breath of fresh air.  Found space theatre can be intimate, exciting and altogether invigorating, especially when coupled with good storytelling, about a good story-teller.

The obstet/gyn staff  of BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN

The obstet/gyn staff of BIRTH OF FRANKENSTEIN

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“Tuesdays with Morrie”; interesting any day Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
                We’ve seen Mitch Albom’s ‘TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE” tragicom twice before…both of which had our friend Jamie Farr playing the title role. The subject matter – terminal debilitating illness; in this case ALS; touches very close to home (my late mother’s dementia) and I admit to being a failure in compassion plus derelict in proximity & benevolence. However, with Vince Carlin portraying Morrie; Chris Reid as Mitch and the duo under direction of Dia Frid; this was [and is] a must-see rendition.

Carlin & Reid as MORRIE and MITCH

Carlin & Reid as MORRIE and MITCH

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