Erindale’s “In the Midst of Alarms”; an interpretive study Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Il ne pas necessaire d’etre bilingue; but it helps!  UTM’s Theatre Erindale has taken Dianne Graves’ book about women during the war of 1812 and created a stage representation. As the school’s administration did for the 2010- ‘a Child of Survivors’; they re-invited director Ralph Small to work with the students. This result may be totally different, but the effect on audiences will be just as impacting.  Photo courtesy of James Smagata – UTM

U.S. & British soldiers battling, while the non-combative women hide

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Fiddler on the Roof…it’s all about “tradition” Reply

 Review by Tina Gaisin

The story was taken from the original Sholom Aleichem adaptation. The author experienced and captured the essence of Jewish culture & life in the Eastern Europe of the era before WW I & the Bolshevik Revolution.   First, a little history. Tsarist Russia in the early 1880’s under Alexander III created the Pale of Settlement; a restricted area for Catholics & Jews. Parts of Poland; Lithuania; Belarus; Ukraine & Moldova encompassed the zone. Progroms plus constraints were rife and led to emigration.  The attacks and educational limitations occurred again from 1903 – ‘06 coinciding with the ascension of Nicholas to the throne. Again, the Jewish community was forced to escape west …Europe or the New World were the choice destinations.

the Yiddish dancers of ANATEVKA!

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“Mame”, again brings ♪Dixie back to Dixieland♫ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Patrick Dennis’ 1955 serio/comedy play that portrayed his radical aunt – Marion Tanner, was made into a blockbuster movie musical (Auntie Mame) for Rosalind Russell, then back into an on-stage musical. Along the way, plot changes and support character adds/removals naturally occurred.

l-r Waldron, Carney, Falconer, McMahon, Westrope & Faulkner

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Frankenstein; seasonally appropriate 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

It’s alive; it’s alive!” a phrase like ‘Frankly my dear….”; “Round up the usual suspects”; or even “May the force be with you” immediately insinuates to a specific story or movie. In this case, (and long before DNA, genomes or stem cells were even a glimmer); it refers to Mary Shelley’s ‘FRANKENSTEIN’, the 1818 Promethean tale about re-creation of life. Last evening was an unusually dark and stormy night for Halloween, but a perfect atmosphere to see the Oakville Players  dress rehearsal.

Dr. Frankenstein, his creation & his cast

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“Semi-Monde”, begins a UTM season of ‘mayhem’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Noel Coward was way too clever…one of those people who was brilliant at trillions of genres. Personally, I prefer a more normal dilettante type like most of ours truly’s. Long before computers and spreadsheets, the guy wrote ‘SEMI MONDE’; a play with over three dozen characters and innumerable revolving-door inter-relationships. It must have been a Herculean task to create and keep each one pigeon-holed and maintain their individual psyches straight. Talking about straight, Coward wasn’t and I always thought how delicious it would have been if he had been into S/M…his long-time partner was Graham Payn!     Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata

the demi-monde denizens of “SEMI-MONDE”

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“Scotland Road”, a titanic-sized enigma Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin
It’s a century since the ‘unsinkable’ sank so naturally there’s much buzz about the anniversary and the ‘Monday morning quarterbacking’ questions still unanswered. Jeffrey Hatcher’s play about a tabloid article describing the amazing location of a young woman floating on an iceberg dressed in early 20thcentury attire who has uttered only one word – ‘Titanic’.

l-r: Maggie,Jared,Daniel,Sanja,Aaron & Julie

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