Two local Fringe observations Reply

Editor’s note: Last year our ARTS REVIEW executives made a value judgement to withdraw critical support of the Hamilton Fringe as we seriously doubted the professional level of its administrative Board. However, it is never been our mandate to restrict any of our columnists from attending any event they may wish to explore.  Therefore, the following …  Two Reviews by Tony Kilgannon

  “Lies, Damn Lies and Magic Tricks”
This writer LOVES a magic show. There is something very thrilling about being hoodwinked More…

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TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2012 1

  July 15th, WRAP UP.  Like always, some good, some great, and unfortunately – some unworthy, but overall – the GOOD & the GREAT! This year there were two that the team felt are contenders for our TOP TEN list. “JEM ROLLS” & “NUMBERS”…read us in December and see if they’re included. More…

EGG ZEPPELIN; recipe needs some tweaking Reply

Wildman & Bishop served by Siddiqi & St.Pierre

Review by Danny Gaisin

Hamilton has a comedy Festival!!! Discovered this arcane piece of intel as a result of an invitation from EGG ZEPPELIN; Kris Siddiqi & Marcel St.Pierre’s theme-based improvisational skits. The Saturday evening crowd at THE STAIRCASE were rather young and certainly antsy…before; during, and after the performance. Annoying?? –more than somewhat and never a bouncer around when you need one.

The duo’s show opened with a longish pantomime. Any director worth his or her credentials will tell you that the ‘ouvre’ should be upbeat & progressive. Reversing the order, thus having Siddiqi do his reverse Pakistani humor might have kept the kiddies attention and their butts seated.  More…

TITANIC, The Musical 3

Review by Sharon Letovsky

Not a musical version of the popular Oscar-winning film; this show is based on real people and events. It launched on Broadway in April 1997, played 830 performances and won four Tony awards.  It has been translated and performed successfully around the world.  That being said, it is not an easy undertaking for any production company, because the show itself has the potential to be a crashing bore! 

 

Almost all of the songs are ballads. There is only one dance number and there is no strong side-story-line to give the tragic disaster more life.  That is why writers of the film added the fictional Jack & Rose.

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HOMEMADE FUSION, plot–no; theme–definitely! 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
Bryce Declan’s HOMEMADE FUSION may be plot-less and set-less but it is a fascinating and definitely challenging undertaking by the half-dozen singer/actors who are staging it at Hamilton’s STAIRCASE THEATRE. The fourteen episodic songs deal with relationships and emotions…all are presentationally demanding. The compositions radically change key and the prose/poetry lyrics rarely scan. Yet the whole effort succeeds.

Cast of HOMEMADE FUSION (& Gab Sid -piano}

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