“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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“You’ll Get Used To It! – The WAR SHOW” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
                Caveat:- Anyone born in the ‘dirty Thirties’ will have memories of World War Two. Whether melancholic or of just an historical interest; WWII affected all of us of that generation and The War Show will disturb. Long sublimated concepts will rise like oil on water. In this writer’s case, it was the sirens; seeing ration books displayed in the lobby, and the songs whose lyrics still are engraved in this aging mind.
On Sept. 1st of 1939, as a result of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland; Britain declared war…Canada followed suit nine days later.

the cast of 'THE WAR SHOW'

the cast of ‘THE WAR SHOW’

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Everyone into the POOL! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               For any Oakville community theatre fan, the concept of Dia Frid & Virginia McEwen as comedic adversaries has to be utopian! Mix in a creative director (Yo Mustafa) and a dynamic support cast and you have the formula for a definitely successful POOL’S PARADISE.
It was the late football coach –Vince Lombardi, who was credited with the philosophy that ‘Winning isn’t everything – it’s the only thing”. He, his team, and every patron of OLG’s 649; LottoMAX; Megadice etc. including yours truly; take his quote to heart.

Yo & his football-pool of thespians

Yo & his football-pool of thespians

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“Renovations”; ‘been there – done that’ Reply

by Danny Gaisin
                We shifted from being apartment dwellers to home-owners in March of ‘09. Five weeks later began renovations to our kitchen and its adjoining two-piece washroom.  “No Holmes on homes” or HDTV for advice – just neighbors for local guidance & information, plus the experts at Home Depot® for ‘how to fix or repair’.  Elizabeth Elwood’s play ‘RENOVATIONS’ may not have given us any insights into using a mitre box or table saw, but brought back memories of chaos and disarray.

the cast of 'RENOVATIONS'

the cast of ‘RENOVATIONS’

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“Bone Cage”: Hart House’s environmentalist opening work Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P

              Bone cage is a story of an alcoholic forestry worker, Jamie portrayed by Nathan Bitton, who is regularly tormented by the fact that he is trapped in his dead-end town, and dead-end job, with no means of escape from the brutality and cruelty done to nature daily by his own hand.  Throughout the play we meet his dysfunctional and broken family that all have their own cages of grief, anger, revenge, and broken heartedness that all of them must live with.

the protagonists of 'BONE CAGE'

the protagonists of ‘BONE CAGE’

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Blair Steals the Show in “Guys and Dolls” Reply

By Judith Robinson

Blair The guy to talk about in the Shaw Festival’s production of Guys and Dolls is Kyle Blair. Fresh from playing the leading lady, Sarah Brown, at the Mady Theatre in Barrie last fall; this young actor knows the production well—you could say inside out. Now he gets a chance to play the leading man—gambler Sky Masterson who lights up a production that could hardly be called dull.
                  What’s in the Daily News; I’ll tell you what’s in the Daily News ♪. The tinhorns check out the ‘Morning Line’. Guys and Dolls; SHAW '13Photo by David Cooper  More…