Charly Ciarelli, telling it like it was! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

I can’t recall the source, but do remember hearing an aphorism that stated “If Italians weren’t ITALIAN…they’d be JEWISH!” The ethical similarities; sense of community; kinship; identity and mutual respect are paralleled …even to the point of analogous terminology. This paradigm was again made apparent while witnessing the comedy of CHARLY CIARELLI at Hamilton’s PEARL

Charly, definitely no MANGIACAKE!

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STAGE DOOR, a UTM blockbuster success Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The adjectival phrases for evolutionary advancement have morphed from ‘expanding horizons’; to ‘paradigm shift’ to ‘outside the box’; and ‘pushing the envelope’. All are appropriate for the major thespian project by UTM’s THEATRE ERINDALE. To mount the original version rather than the extremely familiar movie version is a challenge.

the Footlights Club residents

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Into the Woods; whole lot of flouncing going on! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Just a couple of weeks before ‘Mickey ‘D’ brings Cinderella, Snow White et.al. to Copps’ coliseum’s icy surface;McMaster’s Musical Theatre is staging the Lepine/Sondheim ludicrous hit “INTO THE WOODS” at the LYRIC on King Street. A prolific writer & director; James Lepine has collaborated with the composer on other on & off-Broadway productions that succeed because the two complement each other…Sondheim is strait-laced; Lepine is weird! More…