“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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I’m now a ‘biker chick’ 1

Review by Terry Gaisin
                For almost a half-century I’ve been married to a teenager… (now a septuagenarian teenager) thus my life has been one of changes and eccentricity. From involvement with the Coast Guard Auxiliary; to deployment with CRC’s Disaster Services, to cautionary observance as my partner discovered motorized two-wheelers

Some CMC007 chapter-members socializing

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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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“Communion” @ Ottawa’s N.A.C. Studio. Reply

Review by Sharon Letovsky

 In this riveting play from Daniel MacIvor, one of Canada’s most respected playwrights, three women – a mother, a daughter and a therapist – are on the brink of change. We see Leda in her therapist’s office, desperately alternating between wringing her hands, crushing her handbag and crossing and uncrossing her legs. Clearly something is on her mind.

the cast - communicating!

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Il Trovatore- Opera Hamilton ends this critic’s blight Reply

Trovatore cast & crew post-curtain

Trovatore cast & crew post-curtain

 Review by Danny Gaisin
                Verdi’s tragic 1853 opera IL TROVATORE is all about curses. This particular writer suffered his own curse vis-à-viswitnessing it. Three different companies went’ bust’ just before staging the masterwork. Finally, my own jinx is lifted… last evening we saw & heard a spectacularly sung rendering by Opera Hamilton. More…