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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Possible Worlds” –thought provoking, but… 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

                This scribe is anything but scientific. 60 years ago I had to study a theory by Professor Alan Guth of MIT about parallel Universes; quantum leaping, and his ‘false vacuum’ concept. Couldn’t grasp it and generally hated everything about theoretical physics! So, a play that requires imagining such a scenario is not my first-choice subject.
               Hamiltonian John Mighton’s play –“POSSIBLE WORLDS” is a challenge to produce, a burden for the actors, and an effort for its audience.

the cast of POSSIBLE WORLDS

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“39 Steps”, hilarious missed clues & mis-cues Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                “The 39 steps”…neither an Al-Anon doctrine nor a Jenny Craig™ weight reduction programme. Nope- a 1930’s espionage/spy novel Lord Tweedsmuir, (our 15th Governor General) written under his given name – John Buchan. Protagonist Richard Hannay was a cross between Indiana Jones & James Bond. However, Stage West & director Dayna Tekatch’s incarnation is pure spoof, pure delight, pure entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Fred Loek; Miss’a News

Lamport & Mac hassling Mikhail’s HANNAY

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“IRON”; allegorical title…allegorical play. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Scottish playwright Rona Munro, of TV’s “Dr. Who” series, is also respected for her contributions to the contemporary British theatre. “IRON” refers to the metal endemic to a prison, but also refers albeit obliquely, to the indomitability of the spirit. This 4-member play is a serious study into the human psyche and a thought-provoking challenge for actor & audience.

Josie meets Fay under watchful eyes

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‘Hairspray’, not a tress out of place Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

What kind of a production could possibly attract Susan Anton; Corbin Bleu; John Stamos & Drew Carey to perform at the Hollywood Bowl? Not a fundraiser or telethon, but rather a 2011 performance of “HAIRSPRAY”. Version -The Shaiman & Whittman musical adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 movie film.

the cast of HAIRSPRAY

the exuberant cast of HAIRSPRAY

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