The music still lives; “BUDDY” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Early February 1959; Montreal was in a deep freeze, constantly around -27°F.  My car-poolers kept commenting that my Studebaker had a central heater so the back seat also received warmth. Tuesday February 3rd was just another frigid day; too cold to pay much attention to the CFCF news about a crash in Clear Lake. Charles Holley -22; Jiles Richardson aged 28; and 18 year-old Richard Valenzuela, failed to register.
The afternoon’s Montreal Star gave more details…The Bopper; Buddy & Richie Valens were dead.

Bleyendaal, Sorochan & Knowles; the early days!

Bleyendaal, Sorochan & Knowles; the early days!

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Haven’t got a “CLUE” about ‘whodunit’ 3

Review by Terry Gaisin

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Was it Col. Mustard in the lounge or Mrs. Peacock in the Study? Maybe it was Miss Scarlet in the Kitchen. Obviously, the above tip-offs suggest we’re talking about ‘CLUE’… the iconic board game.
In the ‘did you know’ department…Did you know the game originated as a time-passer during the WWII London Blitz?  Post-war, it was marketed a couple of years later and then modified for the American market.

'CLUE" cast

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“Merrily we roll along”… to Theatre Sheridan Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

When Stephen Sondheim tackles a subject; he goes straight for the jugular…and not just in Sweeney Todd! The psychoses in ‘Company’; the underlines in ‘A little Night Music’; and the prejudices of ‘West Side Story’; while never negating the music, are nevertheless intrinsic to the plot. Ditto for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.
The narrative concerns a successful Hollywood producer, his two best friends; wives 1 & 2, plus an A-List of acquaintances & hangers-on. The audience is taken from contemporary (circa 1976) back to the mid-fifties when the trio first meet.

Nethersole, Rorabeck & Agnew during better days

Nethersole, Rorabeck & Agnew during the early days

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The Dining Room…50⨫6= challenge & diversion Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

A.R. Gurney’s early 80’s NY Studio Theatre play ‘The Dining Room’ is a pastiche of brief vignettes about American WASPs of the era interacting in and around a formal dining room. The locale may be common; but the relationships, personas and incidents are separate and singular. What makes the Dining Room so special is having the eighteen essays acted by only six thespians.
With only minor costume and accessory changes, the actors must create the identities and personalities of the fifty characters that are represented.

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

Keyes,Reid,Whelan,Biskupek,Applewhaite & Carlin

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Taming of the Shrew…MTC’s evolutionary take Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewer_DannyShakespeare’s perpetually cherished comedy – ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ is one of this scribe’s favorites (& I have my wife’s permission to say so) although, the theme deals with the subjugation of womanhood; especially one’s spouse. We’ve seen this particular play numerous times over the past few years; including the original, & Patrick Young’s ‘Taming of the Tamer’ version at Erindale. So; why another critique? McMaster Thespian Company’s director Jenn Helsdon is presenting an on-stage thesis about how the control struggle is eternal but even with the troughs & crests of equality; manipulation always remains an intrinsic element.

McMaster Thgespian Company's "TAMING" cast

McMaster Thespian Company’s “TAMING” cast

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“GYPSY”, by Steppin’ Out Theatre Reply

Review by Tina Gaisin

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We knew we were in for a great Broadway evening! Gypsy’s origins are based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee- a famous 50’s striptease artist!  The original music was by Jule Styne with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Arthur Laurents.  This play adaptation focuses on Gypsy’s mother- Rose, who is the ultimate “Show Business bossy Mom”!

the future GYPSY learning about 'gimmicks' from the older strippers

the future GYPSY learning about ‘gimmicks’ from the older strippers

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