“The Best Brothers”, funny and poignant Reply

Reviewed by Blair Zilkey
‘They really are best brothers… Playwright, also lead actor Daniel MacIvor has created a funny and poignant 80 minute experience that you should definitely see. The show reinforces once again that some of the most enjoyable theatre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is found on the Studio Stage. Many readers may be familiar with this Canadian playwright’s work. I wasn’t, but believe me, I’m glad I am now. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedeman

John & Daniel as THE BEST BROTHERS

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“Cymbeline”, some heavy intellectual lifting Reply

Reviewed by Blair Zilkey
              I always enjoy seeing the ‘popular Shakespeare’s: – “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Macbeth” etc. It’s fun to compare and contrast my memory of how the play was ‘done’ before; how much I enjoyed each; what was happening in my life at that time; who I attended the performance with, and what’s new this time around. Cymbeline isn’t that kind of production.  Photo courtesy of David Hou

Geraint Wynn-Davies as CYMBELINE, with cast members

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“Much Ado About Nothing ” – brilliant Reply

 Reviewed by  Deborah May 
            Throughout this rendition of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Beatrice (Deborah Hay) and Benedick (Ben Carlson) brilliantly portray their characters.  The chemistry between the actors enhances this portrayal enveloping the audience in the wit, criticism and banter between them.   The sense of timing and body gestures allows as much of the message to be communicated as do the words.     Photo by David Hou

The cast of Stratford’s 2012 “MUCH ADO…”

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“Wanderlust” a figment-ed Robert Service story Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
    “I wanted the gold and I sought it; I scrambled and mucked like a slave…” The fascinating and peripatetic poet Robert Service wrote these words and many more about the Northwest and the famous Klondike Rush of 1897-99. Two of his most famous poems were requisite in my High School English Lit., curriculum, but it was a family connection that made me absorb anything & everything written about the Yukon.   Photo by David Hou

Service (Tom Rooney) & his Banking cohorts

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“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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