Local theatre takes ‘best shot!’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisin
Irving Berlin’s “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” was a Broadway success story from its opening curtain back in 1947 and is still a sure-fire draw today. Much of the music is still enjoyed even out of the play’s context, and some have even become standards. Shooting Star Theatrics now bring it joyously back to Hamilton.

the cast of “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN”

This tale of William Cody’s Wild West Show and his two sharpshooting feature attractions takes some liberties with the actual story of Anne Oakley and her relationship with Frank Butler, but is fairly close to their actual story. They did begin as competitors, then mutual act supporters and ultimately married. Both died in 1926. More…

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“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

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“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

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“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…”

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‘Rule Britannia’ plus Mendelssohn Reply

Reviewed by Judith Caldwell
Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra treated us to an evening of British music plus Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1.  At first this might seem like an odd choice but it turns out that Mendelssohn was a great Anglophile who lived in Britain for extended periods and was a great favourite of Queen Victoria.

Valerie & sister Jacqui Muir

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“♫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”

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