“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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♫RAGTIME ♪; Shaw’s Maxwell offers a new take Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Sixteen years ago, Garth Drabinsky staged way up in North York, a big-dollar presentation of the McNally/Flaherty/Ahrens musical about the last century’s first decade. Rumour has it that such an expensive undertaking was what financially killed Livent. The play looks at the turn-of-the-last century era from three different entities: – white, black and immigrant.   Photo courtesy of Emily Cooper

The 3 entities of RAGTIME

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“His Girl Friday”…a bannerline SHAW effort! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
It’s quite understandable for this particular scribe to choose HIS GIRL FRIDAY as my first play enjoyed at this year’s SHAW. I grew up with a relative of Ben Hecht’s; my first job was newspaper associated; and finally, role reversal…I’m the ‘Hildy’ character to wife Terry’s editing ‘Walter!    *Photo courtesy of David Cooper*

“we scooped ’em all!” Underhay & Campbell celebrate

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A taste of Puccini; courtesy of the N.A.O. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                Giacomo Puccini; he of the amazing operatic arias and an affinity for hyperbolic lyrics was the guest of last evening’s Brott Festival concert. The great man, (aka Aubrey Boothman) iterated the why’s & how’s behind two of his most popular works; then narrated the librettos for Tosca and Butterfly

Delaney,Segal,Yamazaki,Ramirez & PUCCINI!

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