“Sound the Trumpet”; Trump beats Clinton! Reply

Review by Judith Caldwellreviewerjudy

Sound the Trumpet …and Violin! was the latest in the 5 at the First Concert Series at First Unitarian Church. Bethany Bergman, violin and her husband trumpeter Michael Fedyshyn, joined Angela Park, piano and cellist Rachel Mercer, for an extremely varied afternoon of music. The afternoon began with a 14-year-old Natalie O’Donnell, a pupil of Fedyshyn, playing Sonata in G minor by Handel. O’Donnell showed astonishing mastery of her instrument for one so young, she had excellent control and ease of breathing but she also had a very mature respect for the music and played the difficult presto passage very smoothly.

The group "sounding the trumpet" -music NOT politics

The group “sounding the trumpet” :-music NOT politics


“The Book of Mormon” a hoot from start to curtain. Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
Admission of guilt; this scribe is a longtime fan of Eric, Kyle, Stan & Kenny (the ‘South Park’ kids), so naturally I’m an admirer of their creators -Trey Parker & Matt Stone. Along with Robert Lopez, this talented duo created the musical BOOK OF MORMON, and just like in that fictional Colorado locale, nothing is sacred and everything is grist for their destructive pens. Fortunately, the same humour that afflicted the denizens of South Park is subjected to an atheistic assault on the followers of Joseph Smith & Brigham Young. For what I know of Mormonism, read this column to its end.

Connor Peirson (Elder Cunningham) coverting the Ugandans

Connor Peirson (Elder Cunningham) converting the Ugandans


“RUMORS”; farce and the three “B” s 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
“Farce: Fr. n. Exaggerated comedy based on broadly humorous highly unlikely situations”. Webster’s New World Dictionary. Neil (no relation to Paul) Simon’s only attempt to create in this genre demonstrates his comprehension limits of the first word of the definition. The author of such megahits as ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’; The Odd Couple; “Promises, Promises”; and The Goodbye Girl plus myriad others somehow overdid his attempt with 1988’s RUMORS. Perhaps if he had read Feydeau’s late 19c. “Hotel Peccadillo”; he might have toned down his effort, resulting in something more aptly titled “Speculations” or “Allegations”.

The players involved in "RUMORS"

The players comedically involved in “RUMORS”


“Catch Me If You Can”; a musical about larceny & youth Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Ages ago, while flying back from Italy, the airline was showing the Spielberg movie with Di Caprio & Hanks about the actual larcenous antics of Frank Abagnale Jr. Unfortunately, a tailwind brought us to YYZ about 15 minutes early and so I never found out how the story ended…until now. Meadowvale Music Theatre is presenting the musical version of ‘CATCH ME IF YOU CAN’ and the plot remains (almost) true to the actual saga. By age 19, the young man had conned the system for about 2 million dollars. Talk about youthful enterprise!

the cast of "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"

                    The cast of “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”


Hammer Baroque’s Valentine subject – ‘Amore’ Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
            Hammer Baroque’s February concert was ‘Amore’. It consisted of madrigals from Renaissance England and Italy sung by Capella Intima with lutenist Magdalena Tomsinska. Capella Intima is a quartet of singers, soprano Sheila Dietrich, tenor Bud Roach, alto Jennifer Enns Modolo and baritone David Roth who perform frequently at Hammer Baroque. Most of the works presented were Sixteenth Century pieces with John Dowland, Philippe Verdelot, John Wilbye & Jacques Arcadelt the most prominent composers.
The afternoon began with a lovely polyphonic invitation from Dowland for love to ‘come again’.

Tomsinska; Dietrich; Erms Modolo; Roach & Roth

    Singers -Tomsinska; Dietrich; Enns Modolo; Roach & Roth


THE MILL on the FLOSS; or “Tulliver’s Travels” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin}reviewerDJG
           Mary Ann Evans (aka George Elliot) wrote THE MILL ON THE FLOSS around 1860 and set about forty years earlier. The author wrote under the pseudonym so that she might attract a wider readership than women authors attracted with vapid love stories. The Mill etc. is heavy with overt and transparent symbolism such as the water wheel, (what goes around…) the millrace (flow of life) and the inevitability of tides. The play teems with artistic imagery thus; challenges face any director to create a semblance of credibility; Anita La Selva certainly succeeds.

the famous John Constable painting of The Mill

The famous John Constable 19th C. painting of “The Mill”