“FOOTLOOSE”, Sheridan’s showcase vehicle Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

“Where the Hell is Bomont?” is the opening bit of dialogue, and truth be known; it’s actually @ 34°- 57’ N & 97°-23’W. The place is really Elmore City, OK where in 1898 a local bylaw was passed outlawing dancing and only rescinded in 1986. Multi-talented Dean Pitchford took the story and turned it into both a movie and stage play, gleaning both an Oscar™ and Golden Globe™. Sheridan’s David Connolly has taken this ‘period piece’ (re: Joel Cumber -asst. director) and utilized it as a showcase vehicle for the faculty’s undergrads’ abilities. Acting, singing and dance are all role requisites. The entire cast has all three…in spades.

Students Willard & Ren addressing the Bomont Town Council

Students Willard & Ren addressing the Bomont Town Council

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MUSIKAY; seems Renaissance music doesn’t attract 1

Review by Judith Caldwellreviewerjudy
            Love is in the air in February and Musikay offered a concert of 15th and Sixteenth century love songs in the form of madrigals and chansons. The setting of the concert was unusual in that a circle of approximately 30 chairs in the huge atrium of St. Thomas the Apostle Church surrounded the musicians who formed a smaller inner circle. Maestro Stephan Potvin explained that when this music was originally performed the singers would all be reading from one manuscript and so would be very close together so they could see and hear each other thus really helping the polyphonic singing.

Oakes; Ball; McCormack; Potvin; Stachow & Taylor; post-concert

Oakes; Ball; McCormack; Potvin; Stachow & Taylor; post-concert

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A ‘Convenient’ guide to Korean culture Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
Ins Choi’s Kim’s Convenience is a stunning masterpiece – a speeding train that never stops until Soulpepper’s production of this one act, full length comedy concludes ninety minutes later. The conductor, who keeps the train moving, is Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who has played the role of convenience store owner, Appa, in every production since the play’s origins at the fringe festival, in Toronto, in 2011. He has now given over 400 performances in 10 Canadian cities – and starred in the successful spin off last fall, on CBC TV. The show has already been renewed for next season. Photo courtesy of Cylla von Tiedemann

Choi; Lee; Yoon; Kung & Sills, of KIM'S CONVENIENCE

     Choi; Lee; Yoon; Kung & Sills, of KIM’S CONVENIENCE

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“BLOOD BROTHERS”, revisited & redirected Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Our first exposure to Willy Russell’s musical tragedy,” BLOOD BROTHERS” was coincidently, ten years ago- almost to the day. It was then staged by Clarkson Music Theatre and starred Jo Kemp (also coincidently was in the audience for last night’s iteration).  Second version: – Sheridan’s 2012 marvelous Studio Theatre adaptation. WEST END STUDIO THEATRE under the direction of Yo Mustafa has taken the play’s starkness to a new level and its impact is thus intensified. A totally bare stage; minute & momentary props plus concentrated harsh spotlighting are the only ancillaries to the dialogue or vocal solos & duets.

The cast (& swing/crew) of "BLOOD BROTHERS"

The cast (& swing/crew) of “BLOOD BROTHERS”

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Gotterdammerung (or part 4 of the cycle) Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2
The Ring Cycle is one of the longest pieces of theatrical performance in recorded history coming in at approximately fifteen hours long. To put that into perspective, the final part of the entire four-part cycle, Götterdämmerung, was about 330 minutes including both intermissions. This length is not for the faint of heart and I highly recommend being very interested in Wagner’s music and the German language if you have any notion of seeing this show. That being said, it was an absolutely lovely performance and if given the choice to see the rest, would at least, see the parts I know from my childhood.

a dramatic Wagnerian operatic moment

a dramatic Wagnerian operatic moment

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“The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Along with iconic phrases such as, ‘Go ahead, make my day’; “Round up the usual suspects”; or ‘Make him an offer he can’t refuse’; “Elementary, my dear Watson” immediately evokes an image of a deerstalker hat, meerschaum pipe and a magnifying glass. Conan Doyle’s forensically oriented and logical detective Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed, plagiarized, mocked, and imitated uncountable times since he was first created in 1887. Canadian (& Fringe) playwright David Belke brings him back from death to assist Arthur Doyle in solving an English landowner’s mystery.

the cast of Reluctant Resurrection of SHERLOCK HOLMES

the cast of Reluctant Resurrection of SHERLOCK HOLMES

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