‘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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Creative two-fer @ SHERIDAN Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin

                The Theatre Arts Faculty of Sheridan College has always incorporated the concept of creativity as part of its curriculum. Actors are not automatons; they must integrate something of themselves into every portrayal. This is certainly a manifestation of creativity. “CENTRAL PARK TANGO” and “COME FROM AWAY” are two innovative original works that are being staged until April 24that the College’s Trafalgar campus. More…

“SWEENEY TODD”- a razor-sharp version by Sheridan Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Admission: – my favorite revenge tales are Dumas’ “Monte Cristo”; Boorman’s ’67 flic “Point Blank”, & Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”. Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD with its repetitious lyrics and melodies seems uninspired by comparison. Last night, I witnessed a preview of young director Adam Brazier’s take and my opinion did a180.

 Lovett (Rexhepi) & her rolling pin …Todd (Haidar) & his razor!

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Twelfth Night@ M.T.C.—a few evenings short 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Shakespeare’s delightful comedy about dress-up & misrepresentation has had many imitations… “Yentl”; and the recent T.V. movie of an athletic girl attending a school as her own brother in order to compete, come immediately to mind. Great plot and interesting hypothesis

The challenge with staging old Willie’s original is his eloquence.  The lines require emoting; not recitation. Phrasing, appreciating the concept of meter (iambic or otherwise), and projection are requisite and unfortunately- McMaster’s Thespian Company earns an overall failing grade.McMaster's Thespians do TWELFTH NIGHT. More…

STAGE DOOR, a UTM blockbuster success Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The adjectival phrases for evolutionary advancement have morphed from ‘expanding horizons’; to ‘paradigm shift’ to ‘outside the box’; and ‘pushing the envelope’. All are appropriate for the major thespian project by UTM’s THEATRE ERINDALE. To mount the original version rather than the extremely familiar movie version is a challenge.

the Footlights Club residents

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Stage West gets “All shook up” 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Admission; I wasn’t always this handsome, charming and charismatic; truth be told – I was more like the character Dennis in Joe DiPietro’s ALL SHOOK UP. I was a rather geeky kid who tried desperately to be the wingman (sidekick) of my more appealing & attractive buddies!

This plot deals with an Elvis-ish catalyst disrupting a small town’s eccentricities and hang-ups in what might be called a plagiaristic ‘Footloose’, except this version is staged to the music of said Mr. Presley. More…