“The Matchmaker”, fails to ignite this critic Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Oxenford to Nestroy to Wilder: – not a Blue Jays triple-play but the evolution of ‘The Matchmaker”.  Like Thornton’s other plays, this effort (originally titled ‘Merchant of Yonkers’) is shallow, trite and easily predicted. To compensate for this superficiality, director Chris Abraham has his charges overact to a point of hamminess.  Photo courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann

Shara,Condlin,Runge & Epstein; arguing

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“Come back, little Sheba”; mesmerizing Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
It was a Tony® garnerer and an Oscar® – winning movie sixty years ago and is still a challenge for directors & cast as well as audiences. This heavy psychological drama about dreams that went askew and lives that became banal is as probable today as it was then. In actuality; given the economic uncertainties of the current period, perhaps even more possible. Photo courtesy of David Cooper.

McGarry poses; Koslo ogles, & Course sketches

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‘MISALLIANCE’, the plot – not the presentation Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
  It’s axiomatic…one can’t do SHAW without doing Shaw; and this year- back for its decennial visit is GBS’s “MISALLIANCE”.
             The play deals with cross-breeding between social castes and is an attempt by the author to demonstrate Darwinism’s survival of the fittest theory. Dog lovers, that means that your mixed-breed will probably be smarter, better-behaved & live longer than its ‘expensive spread’ cousins. Same for kids!     Photo by David Cooper

Marriott & Rosling debating; Sanders -observing

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Possible Worlds” –thought provoking, but… 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

                This scribe is anything but scientific. 60 years ago I had to study a theory by Professor Alan Guth of MIT about parallel Universes; quantum leaping, and his ‘false vacuum’ concept. Couldn’t grasp it and generally hated everything about theoretical physics! So, a play that requires imagining such a scenario is not my first-choice subject.
               Hamiltonian John Mighton’s play –“POSSIBLE WORLDS” is a challenge to produce, a burden for the actors, and an effort for its audience.

the cast of POSSIBLE WORLDS

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“IRON”; allegorical title…allegorical play. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Scottish playwright Rona Munro, of TV’s “Dr. Who” series, is also respected for her contributions to the contemporary British theatre. “IRON” refers to the metal endemic to a prison, but also refers albeit obliquely, to the indomitability of the spirit. This 4-member play is a serious study into the human psyche and a thought-provoking challenge for actor & audience.

Josie meets Fay under watchful eyes

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‘Hairspray’, not a tress out of place Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

What kind of a production could possibly attract Susan Anton; Corbin Bleu; John Stamos & Drew Carey to perform at the Hollywood Bowl? Not a fundraiser or telethon, but rather a 2011 performance of “HAIRSPRAY”. Version -The Shaiman & Whittman musical adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 movie film.

the cast of HAIRSPRAY

the exuberant cast of HAIRSPRAY

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