STAGE DOOR, a UTM blockbuster success Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

The adjectival phrases for evolutionary advancement have morphed from ‘expanding horizons’; to ‘paradigm shift’ to ‘outside the box’; and ‘pushing the envelope’. All are appropriate for the major thespian project by UTM’s THEATRE ERINDALE. To mount the original version rather than the extremely familiar movie version is a challenge.

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Jay Aymar. Folksy fun @ The Pearl Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Since the collapse of the White Oaks Folk Club; our opportunities for enjoying this creative genre have all but ended. Last night, Hamilton’s Pearl presented an evening with Jay Aymar, and it was fun!  This young man has a talent for creating songs that epitomizes Randy Bachman’s credo about ‘telling a story More…

‘RENT’ by Ottawa’s Orpheus Theatre Reply

Review by Sharon Letovsky

To Nicole Milne, artistic director for this show, congratulations, what an outstanding production! Was this really community theatre? Nah, couldn’t be! The acting was fantastic, the singing exceptional and the staging divine. Rent is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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KWS & music of John Williams Reply

Review by Amy McBride

A movie is never made without music, and who better to create a one of a kind theatrical score than John Williams? The concert was an amazing journey through some of Hollywood’s most celebrated film music; including the memorable two note da-da, da-da from’ Jaws’ and the thrilling motifs from ‘Star Wars’. The Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and conductor Michael Krajewski delivered once again. Krajewski added his own wit and humor to the evening by including interesting introductions to the pieces. Opening with music from Star Wars got the audiences attention as the entire orchestra got a chance to participate. More…

O.C.O. visits a musical Olde England Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Distance & time constraints have kept this particular OAR critic from some concerts by the Oakville Chamber Orchestra; the hiatus is over as of last evening’s performance featuring the music of 17th-20th century Britain. From the individual instruments rehearsing pre-downbeat, this OCO is a musical force to be appreciated. In true chamber mode the program was restricted to the strings, including theorbo!

The opening work was Elgar’s ‘introduction & allegro, which like Beethoven’s 6th possesses an intrinsic delightfully-melodious hypnotic. More…

H.P.O. and “Cherish The Ladies” Reply

Review by Kim Wessel

The audience was waiting with anticipation and everyone was filled with excitement waiting for the show to start. Guest conductor Martin MacDonald came out and started us off with “The Irish Washerwoman” by Anderson. I have to say that Martin was quite the jokester in his comments tonight. He was telling us how he isn’t Irish and he hopes that just because he is a Scotsman that they don’t drag him off the stage. And, just so that everyone is aware, one concert (not tonight) he actually conducted while wearing a kilt, and he let us all know that they are really warm, not drafty. Unlike a true Scotsman, he wore bicycle shorts underneath.

Conductor McDonald & critic Kim Wessel

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