Review by Danny Gaisin
Oscar Wilde was a Victorian author whose plays; ‘Windermere’s Fan’; ‘Ideal Husband’ & ‘…Ernest’ were all bigger hits than A Woman of no Importance, currently on stage at SHAW’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Eda Holmes, the play is (sort of) updated to 1951 although the costumes; dated plot and morality are still rooted in the last half of the nineteenth century. Wilde’s fascination with satirizing the upper class and confronting the double-standard of the period is reflected in all his plays. Photo by David Cooper
Some of the women of ” A WOMAN of No IMPORTANCE
Review by Danny Gaisin
The Victorian era was period of progress including within the arts. Although the moral dictates were strict, subtlety and ironic endings endowed theatre with the opportunity to poke fun at its world. W.S. Gilbert was a master of satirizing the hypocrisy of the times, and was probably one of the reasons his collaboration with Sullivan was so symbiotic and successful. His 1879 play “ENGAGED” is a convoluted farcical play about an almost middle-aged man who falls in love with every woman he meets. His family commissions another fellow to keep him from taking the fatal marital step.
Photo courtesy of David Cooper
the cast of “ENGAGED”
Review by Judith Caldwell
Hammer Baroque presented a short delightful concert to wrap up their current season called The Paradise of Travelers. The 17th century title obviously refers to a time period well before the modern cramped economy class seats which take the paradise out of travelling.
The program consisted of madrigals, motets and canzonettas and included readings of the recollections of English travelers through Italy. Apparently the English were the most obnoxious travelers of their time – thoroughly convinced of the superiority of all things English and the quaintness of all other cultures.
Dietrich; Modolo; Roach & Roth
Review by Sylvie Di Leonardo
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Second City’s resident improv ensemble reunited at Roy Thompson Hall for the second performance of ‘The Second City Guide to the Symphony’, hosted by Second City alumnus/ improviser Colin Mochrie. This show features original music by the Second City’s own Matthew Reid, who joins the TSO on-stage for a “glorious ninety minutes when life doesn’t suck,” among similarly themed full-chorus and solo numbers. These ninety minutes provide high-quality accessible music and comedy, enjoyable by/for both TSO and SC devotees, as well as any “Symphony Virgins” who may be “Fiddling Around,” as the scenes suggest.
Brownen Sharp’s photo of ‘Chief Inspector’ Mochrie with the 2nd City & T.S.O.
Review by Judith Robinson
The Stratford Festival’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a dazzling presentation of magic and illusion. The story is based on C.S. Lewis’ 1950 novel – presented here in Adrian Mitchell’s 1998 stage adaptation – of the tale of four British children who wander through a wardrobe and enter the magical kingdom of Narnia, which has long enchanted children everywhere.
This show’s real star is projection designer, Brad Peterson, whose fast moving backdrops create a sense of wonder and magic. Peterson’s skies, forests and mountains provide the audience members with a visceral encounter and expedite seamless transitions between scenes. Photo by David Hou
Cast members of “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe”
Review by E. Lisa Moses
Drayton Entertainment’s production of Norm Foster’s quirky comedy, Hilda’s Yard, conjures up the spirit of 1950s – focusing on a middle-class family – the Flucks. The play opened on Thursday at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene with an impressive company of six that kept up a snappy pace within an exceptional retro set design by Ivan Brozic.
This lovely setting is where empty nesters Hilda and Sam Fluck, played by Patti Allan and Brian Linds, find renewed intimacy after their two grown children have finally left home. But their spooning and dreams of buying a pricey first television set to watch Gunsmoke are cut short. Photo by John Sharp
Some of the denizens of HILDA’s YARD