‘Good Grief’, Charlie’s back sans Patty & Pigpen Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               I am and always was; a fan of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’. Couldn’t help myself, I was the epitome of the lead character. Couldn’t roller-skate, kite flying was a disaster and being short & a southpaw, my gloveless baseball skills were always the last ‘chosen up’. My ‘Red haired girl’ was named Nancy, and my “Cheba” always seemed as bemused by me as old Charlie was by ‘Snoopy’.      Photo by CyllaVon Tiedemann

the ‘Peanuts’ gang

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“The Matchmaker”, fails to ignite this critic Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Oxenford to Nestroy to Wilder: – not a Blue Jays triple-play but the evolution of ‘The Matchmaker”.  Like Thornton’s other plays, this effort (originally titled ‘Merchant of Yonkers’) is shallow, trite and easily predicted. To compensate for this superficiality, director Chris Abraham has his charges overact to a point of hamminess.  Photo courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann

Shara,Condlin,Runge & Epstein; arguing

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By George, that’s Gershwin…by Brott Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
                The Brott Concert on Thursday evening at the wonderful new Burlington Performing Arts Centre was brim full of North American music.   Most of it was familiar music by George Gershwin plus Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, but one piece we heard was a Premier.  This was the Chocolate Symphony composed by Maxime Goulet and dedicated to Ardyth & Boris Brott in thanks for their support over the last several years.  More…

“Come back, little Sheba”; mesmerizing Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
It was a Tony® garnerer and an Oscar® – winning movie sixty years ago and is still a challenge for directors & cast as well as audiences. This heavy psychological drama about dreams that went askew and lives that became banal is as probable today as it was then. In actuality; given the economic uncertainties of the current period, perhaps even more possible. Photo courtesy of David Cooper.

McGarry poses; Koslo ogles, & Course sketches

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‘MISALLIANCE’, the plot – not the presentation Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
  It’s axiomatic…one can’t do SHAW without doing Shaw; and this year- back for its decennial visit is GBS’s “MISALLIANCE”.
             The play deals with cross-breeding between social castes and is an attempt by the author to demonstrate Darwinism’s survival of the fittest theory. Dog lovers, that means that your mixed-breed will probably be smarter, better-behaved & live longer than its ‘expensive spread’ cousins. Same for kids!     Photo by David Cooper

Marriott & Rosling debating; Sanders -observing

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Some “TROUBLE in TAHITI” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
          Leonard Bernstein, like Hamlisch & ilk, was more than a little arrogant. His vanity piece –Trouble in Tahiti, something probably more suitable to a Fringe than a SHAW stage, is a mini-opera that peels away the patina layers to expose the under currents & realities that lie beneath an outwardly ‘normal’ married couple. Jay Turvey has assembled a talented cast but it is (with one exception) the chorus that makes TNT bearable.   Photo by David Cooper

Elodie Gillett & Mark Uhre, – untroubled at home

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