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…

Creative two-fer @ SHERIDAN Reply

Review by Terry Gaisin

                The Theatre Arts Faculty of Sheridan College has always incorporated the concept of creativity as part of its curriculum. Actors are not automatons; they must integrate something of themselves into every portrayal. This is certainly a manifestation of creativity. “CENTRAL PARK TANGO” and “COME FROM AWAY” are two innovative original works that are being staged until April 24that the College’s Trafalgar campus. More…

“SWEENEY TODD”- a razor-sharp version by Sheridan Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Admission: – my favorite revenge tales are Dumas’ “Monte Cristo”; Boorman’s ’67 flic “Point Blank”, & Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”. Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD with its repetitious lyrics and melodies seems uninspired by comparison. Last night, I witnessed a preview of young director Adam Brazier’s take and my opinion did a180.

 Lovett (Rexhepi) & her rolling pin …Todd (Haidar) & his razor!


Sandra Shamas- “Wit’s End III: Love Life” 1

Review by Sharon Letovsky
Returning to the stage for the final act of her Wit’s End trilogy; Sandra Shamas, the Sudbury, Ontario-born author of the famed 1980’s smash hit, My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna be Laundry, does it again.  How this woman, alone, devoid of props save a chair, a small table, glass of water and a fan, kept us in stitches for two solid hours is beyond the scope of my comprehension.
Sandra Shamas - stand-up excellence More…

Five at the 1st and some Composers’ Love-Lives Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

The fourth concert in the series Five at the First featured Akemi Mercer, violin and Dirk Niewoehner, viola playing two duets for violin & viola plus a solo for each instrument.   Prior to each work Akemi amused us by telling something about each composers love life; none of it very salacious.
Our first composer was Bohuslav Martinu, a Czech who relocated in Paris to meet other musicians and then was forced to move to the United States when he fell afoul of the Nazis during World War II.  More…

H.P.O. does ‘ITALIAN’ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               Nope, not cannoli’s or pizza; Mendelssohn’s no. 4; and damn, damn, damn – Sommerville’s erudite well-informed commentary notes in the program left me with little to add but opinion!
               Given the season, a performance of STABAT MATER is à propos; but truth-be-known; this particular Gentile holiday leaves me cold.

some HCC members - backstage