“MEDEA” a killer lady & a killer plot Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

We start with a non-PC Danforth Ave.-area joke. A man walks into a Greek tailor with his torn suit. The tailor asks EURIPIDES? To which the customer replies “yes, please – EUMENIDES?

 Approximately 2300 years ago, Euripides wrote a tragic tale about Argonaut Jason’s (not the Toronto team) wife Medea who butchered in order to help her fiancé recover the Golden Fleece; then later committed double infanticide to punish her husband for betraying her. Her name became eponymous for the homicidal female – think Homulka.

the MTC cast of "MEDEA"

the MTC cast of “MEDEA”


“RABBI SAM” a credible, recognizable situation Reply

Review by Mark Andrew LawrencereviewerMarkAndrew
Jan. 9th, ‘13

It happens often in both churches and synagogues: The board is searching for a new minister or rabbi, someone young with fresh ideas who will appeal to the younger people in the community. Once the perfect candidate is selected and tries to implement changes needed to increase membership, the board becomes polarized and seems to do everything it can to block the new leader from carrying out any kind of plan.

Edmonds & Hirshberg...Kosher cooking !

Edmonds & Hirshberg…Kosher cooking !


“Colours in the Storm” (sorry, no banner-line!) Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

There were ten artists who became collectively known as Canada’s “Group of Seven” or ‘The Algonquin Club’. Of these, the most famous was Tom Thomson and he was actually more of an associate than an actual member. His mysterious death is the subject of Jim Betts’ musical “COLOURS IN THE STORM”, and Sheridan’s performing Arts faculty has enlisted him to direct 18 undergrads in a creative, moving interpretive presentation at the Studio Theatre.

Thomson and his Canoe Lake compatriots


“SPRING AWAKENING”, mature and visceral Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Change is difficult; change is normally resisted (oftimes vigorously); change usually evolves, rather than precipitates. The mid to late nineteenth century witnessed reformation in the arts, philosophy, science, and design. Frank Wedekind’s 1890 “SPRING AWAKENING, a children’s tragedy”was, and still is, controversial.

Kerr & Foy; interacting


“Lord of the Flies”; L.O.T.’s version is contemporary Reply

Review by Benjamin  Kibblewhite     

For many of my peers, William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies has been forever spoiled by uninspiring High School English teachers. Thankfully, the Lower Ossington Theatre’s production, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams and directed by Darcy Evans, banishes those painful memories. The novel is primarily an allegory for the tenuous nature of civilization, and the strain between easy groupthink and the frustrations of individuality as well as democracy.

The crash survivors creating their own society


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