“GIBSON & SONS”, decidedly Oakville connection Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Oakville playwright Kristen Da Silva has written a new play that has already attracted attention. A nominee for 2016’s Pechect Family (Stage West) Comedy Award; it is the aptly named Oakville Players who have the honor of being the first team to put it on the boards. Under the meticulous direction of Angie Fyke; her impeccably selected cast of seven make this a continual giggle with quotable lines too numerous to list. There’s also some very touching and identifiable bits that make GIBSON & SONS hit a personal chord.

The folks of GIBSON & SONS

The folks of GIBSON & SONS

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“RABBIT HOLE”: grief & hope after a loss Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
            Kudos to Dundas Little Theatre for their production of Rabbit Hole, a Pulitzer prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. They have taken on a daring emotional challenge, and succeeded.  This play, dealing with one of the most poignant and painful griefs – the death of a child – is not an easy subject, but Abaire’s beautifully-crafted script and the skill of the actors and director Lana Borsellino bring the story to life, touching our hearts without sentimentality.
The play shows five characters each dealing with loss and grief in their own way. This causes conflict, but as the story develops, they begin to communicate more openly,

Nectaria Kardan & Gladys Glass in "RABBIT HOLE"

Nectaria Kordan & Gladys Glass in “RABBIT HOLE”

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Novel concert by “5@First” … Jazz Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            For a total change of pace from their usual classical concerts, Five at the First offered jazz in the form of the Darren Sigesmund Strands Ensemble for the October concert. The ensemble is a Septet consisting of bandleader and composer of the music Darren Sigismund, trombone; vocals by Valeria Matzner; Luis Deniz, alto sax; vibraphonist Michael Davidson; Reg Schwager, guitar; Jim Vivian on bass and percussionist Ethan Ardelli, each of them has an impressive resume and musical credentials and some have worked with such jazz greats as Diana Krall and Peter Appleyard, so the talent on stage was impressive.

the STRANDS ENSEMBLE; post-concert

the STRANDS ENSEMBLE; post-concert

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“The CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE”; challenging! Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Whenever a critic has a bias; prejudice or affiliation with a play or performers, it behooves said critic to admit such beforehand. One supposes that an intrusive medical situation affecting one’s objectivity should also merit disclosure.  I have recently developed a gastrointestinal malaise that forced me to watch about 15 minutes of Act I on the lobby monitor. Providentially, 1st year student & FOH Max Ackerman helped me discern the individual characters. My familiarity with Brecht & his play minimized being away from the actual audience.  Photo by Jim Smagata UTM

Minions helping Victoria Dennis prepare to flee the uprising

Minions helping Victoria Dennis prepare to flee the uprising

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STEPPING OUT; “5 – 6 – 7 – 8” (& the 3 “T” s) Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Someone searching for a recipe delineating the ingredients needed for a play about learning to dance, the Google® listings would probably list ‘Billy Elliot’; “A Chorus Line” and perhaps ‘The Full Monty” for icing. Richard Harris’ 1984 creation tells, or hints at the rationales behind a diverse group of lower class ladies & one male enrolling in a church basement tap-dance class. The motivations seem more social than terpsichorean.
Under the direction of Alex Bodnar, the ten cast members construe the stimulus or incentives behind their characters as well as portray in interactions that develop between the attendees.

The cast finally & successfully STEPPING OUT

The cast finally (& successfully) STEPPING OUT

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‘Alleluya’-MUSIKAY’s first Hamilton offering Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
             Anyone who likes sacred Renaissance music should have been at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Waterdown on Saturday evening when Musikay presented a program titled “Alleluya” for 4 a capella voices.  Unfortunately, a rather sparse audience found their way there which may have been because this was Musikay’s first concert in the Hamilton area or it may have been because there are no obvious external signs that this church is actually St. Thomas’.  Hopefully more people will attend in future.
The voices belonged to Brenda Enns, soprano; alto Catherine McCormack; Nick Gough, tenor; and Terrance Ball, bass with Maestro Stephane Potvin conducting.

Musikay's soloists: -Enns; McCormack; Gough & Ball

Musikay’s soloists: -Enns; McCormack; Gough & Ball

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