“Wife after Death”; something for [almost] everyone 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
If you are the type of person who recalls-mirthfully, the famous ‘Chuckles the Clown’ episode from the 70’s Mary Tyler Moore Show; or the ‘Dropping the urn’ installment from “Wings”; you’ll certainly get a giggle or three out of Act I. And if you are the sort of mature person who appreciates clever twists and surprises; Act II of the Oakville Players staging of Eric Chappell’s WIFE AFTER DEATH will definitely have an impact. We enjoyed watching it from both points of view!   Photo courtesy of Janet Bedford

l-r: Oughtred,Stockwell,Raitt,Morawiec,Laszcz,Elkaim & "Dave"

l-r: Oughtred,Stockwell,Raitt,Morawiec,Laszcz,Elkaim & “Dave”

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Macbeth; Erindale’s different (& confusing) take 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerTerryEdits

               “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury…signifying nothing” …Definitely NOT an apt description of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy written circa 1605 at the time of King James I. Avarice, ambition, covetousness, and desire  are intrinsic to all mankind except the saints!
The setting is Scotland and England a thousand years ago. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata – UTM

Gillis &  Fawcett - The bloody MACBETHS

Gillis & Fawcett – The bloody MACBETHS

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The ‘Who’s’ TOMMY, by CCMP…very downtown! 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

During the mid-sixties, the London quartet ‘The WHO’ had a string of top-selling albums including the 1969 TOMMY- a collection of songs about a pinball-playing boy. Pete Townshend, who played guitar & did the vocals, got together with director/composer Des McAnuff to turn the record into a rock musical. Opening in 1992 at McAnuff’s La Jolla Playhouse, it was an immediate success and earned Tony™ awards for both creators as well as some of the performing cast-members.
For CITY CENTRE MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS to undertake staging such a challenging enterprise takes mettle, and a director who can grasp the almost religious allegorical message subtly intrinsic in the plot.

Tommy #2 brings out TOMMY 3 from a pinball machine

Tommy #2 brings out TOMMY 3 from a pinball machine

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“TAKING SIDES”, a professional–level production. Reply

Review by Mark Andrew Lawrence
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“Is this a professional theatre company?”  The question was asked by an audience member as we headed out for intermission at a recent performance of the play “Taking Sides” being presented by Stage Centre productions at York Woods Library Theatre.  Her companion explained that no, it was company of amateurs.  I suppose technically he was correct since these community theatre casts do not get paid for their efforts, but believe me, every moment of this production has such a professional sheen that I could understand why the patron asked the question. Photo courtesy of Fabio Saposnik

Washbrook interrogated by Rein; observed by a humiliated Frau Straube

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“JACOB and JACK”… you don’t have to be Jewish Reply

Review by Mark Andrew LawrencereviewerMark Andrew
               James Sherman’s comedy Jacob and Jack keeps the audience on its toes as it jumps back and forth between two generations. Backstage scenes depicting Jacob Sherminsky, a star of the Yiddish theatre in the 1930s are folded in with scenes of his grandson, Jack Shore, some 75 years later. Jack is preparing a special one-night-only performance that pays tribute to his grandfather, and we witness a number of parallels between the lives and the behaviors of both sets of performers. More…

We’re crazy about MMT’s “Crazy For You” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

A little personal trivia; almost 6 decades ago, I was in N.Y. to see “Gypsy” and had the opportunity to have tea with its star Ethel Merman. On being introduced; her comment on hearing my name was “Danny; last name wouldn’t be Churchill, would it?” Seems her first Broadway role (1930) was in the Gershwin’s musical –GIRL CRAZY’s Molly opposite the ‘Danny’ role! Skip ahead to 1992 and an updated version “CRAZY FOR YOU”.
Same songs and parallel plot; but just as popular as the original. Meadowvale Music Theatre’s presentation opened last week but fear of Friday’s inclement weather caused this chicken-ish driver to miss seeing the 1st night performance. Sorry, cast & crew… My (our) loss!
The plot is simplistic… big city scion who wants only to dance is sent out West to foreclose on a decrepit theatre.

The musical inhabitants of Deadrock NV!

The musical inhabitants of Deadrock NV!

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