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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“Los Lobos”, East L.A.’s contribution to pop music Reply

by Terry (La Lobacita) GaisinreviewerETG

A key ingredient for a critic is non-judgmental objectivity. BUT, how can one be objective about a quintet of social friends. Not possible, especially when one has a special alias bestowed by said five compadres after about four or five intimate social occasions. So, this column will be strictly a generalization and observation of the Burlington Arts Centre audience who attended a LOS LOBOS concert on Tuesday evening. They loved it; we loved it, and the ensemble enjoyed performing it.

LOS LOBOS, on-stage at the Burlington Centre

LOS LOBOS, on-stage at the Burlington Centre

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“THE LAST WIFE”; Ziegler Reigns as Henry VIII Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
            Joseph Ziegler commands the stage in Soulpepper’s production of Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife. Ziegler, as King Henry VIII, is clearly a murderer in the throws of syphilitic or maniacal impulses – but when his heart is wrenched open by Hennig’s writing, and skillfully revealed by Ziegler, the audience can’t help but feel some sympathy for the man.
This is clearly the king’s show – though Hennig may have intended it to have been his last wife’s – Catherine Parr, played by Maev Beatty..  Photo by  Cylla Von Tiedemann

Gribble, Beaty, Ziegler & Watson in THE LAST WFE

Gribble, Beaty, Ziegler & Watson in THE LAST WFE

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