Local theatre takes ‘best shot!’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
Irving Berlin’s “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” was a Broadway success story from its opening curtain back in 1947 and is still a sure-fire draw today. Much of the music is still enjoyed even out of the play’s context, and some have even become standards. Shooting Star Theatrics now bring it joyously back to Hamilton.

the cast of “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN”

This tale of William Cody’s Wild West Show and his two sharpshooting feature attractions takes some liberties with the actual story of Anne Oakley and her relationship with Frank Butler, but is fairly close to their actual story. They did begin as competitors, then mutual act supporters and ultimately married. Both died in 1926. More…

“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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