Twenty-two years ago, Stuart Ross created an off-Broadway musical that tribute-ed the young male groups of the fifties…Four Aces; ‘Tops’; 4 Freshmen, etc. The almost negligent plot told us the quartet were heading for their first major gig when their vehicle was T-boned by a bus taking young schoolgirls to the 1st Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan. Scratch the 4 Plaids. The ‘Big Guy’ gives the foursome a one-day ‘Get out of Heaven, free’ -pass to put on that ill-fated concert! The musical went ‘main-stream’.
Review by Tony Kilgannon
Dec. 4th, ‘12
Some things become traditions. In my family, the yearly “Magic ’N Miracles” show has definitely made that leap- I wouldn’t miss it. I’m an admitted lover of magic, as I have written here before, and have seen quite a number of good illusionists over the years. I’ve never seen a more satisfying and entertaining show than this one.
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.
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.
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.
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