Pearl Company’s ‘Canadian Theatre Festival’ Reply

Reviewed by Tony Kilgannon

Several months ago I attended an evening of plays at the Pearl Company, under the apt title of “HamilTEN”. The plays were short (about ten minutes each, as per the title)and were great fun. The pick of the litter, by ballot, was an entry by Ryan M. Sero; a comedic conflict about a quarrel between two hyper-polite snobs arguing over a piece of cheese. It was a riot, and I have been hoping to see more of this writer’s work.

Saturday night, once again at the same venue, I had my chance.  The Pearl Company’s Canadian Theatre Festival presented Sero’s “Romeo and Juliet, An Escapist ComedyMore…


“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


“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


“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…”


“♫42nd Street♫” – perfect!!! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                The bane of a critic is facing a situation where he or she is going to be classified as a publicist or worse, hack. It’s our job to be constructively diagnostic. But, what does one do when facing something so precious as to be totally without flaw or fault. Advice given this scribe – confess; and then roll out the superlatives!    Photo courtesy of  David Hou

Kyle Blair; Rider-Shaw & the chorus of “Pretty Lady”


“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