“SEQUENCE” explores destiny, luck, DNA; God’s plan? Reply

Review by Ellen S. JaffeReviewerEllen S.
            Are our lives ruled by luck, chance, reason, DNA, or a divine plan? Sequence, the award-winning play by Arun Lakra, which premiered in Calgary in 2013 and is now onstage at the Tarragon, poses these questions – which may never have definite answers. The one-act play demonstrates a current tendency for playwrights to use scientific concepts in their work, as both content and metaphor. This is welcome, as science plays a major role in our lives & our thinking (perhaps similar to religion in former times), even for those of us who are not scientists.  Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Polk; Marcus; Bundy & LaVercombe -playing 'Jacks'

Polk; Marcus; Bundy & LaVercombe -playing ‘Jacks’

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‘The AUDIENCE’ with Her Majesty Reply

Review by Michael Piscitelli
             Elizabeth II has been the reigning monarch for the last six and a half decades.  In that time, she has had 13 British Prime Ministers visit in her private audience chambers. In Peter Morgan’s “THE AUDIENCE” we get to take an imagined look at what some of those conversations might have looked like and how the queen comported herself with the leaders of one of the most powerful countries in the world. Fiona Reid who plays the monarch herself, displayed an excellent manner and an understanding of the differences in age that the queen has gone through in 65 years of rule.

H.R.H. QE II with some of her on-stage courtiers

H.R.H. QE II with some of her on-stage courtiers

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A wonderful night of opera and ‘magic flutes’ Reply

Review by Michael Piscitellireviewer-m
            It’s one of the higher-class events I’ve ever attended, The Four Seasons opera house is one of the nicer buildings in the city, and with its large transparent glass walls one can be assured that the opera isn’t just for the hoity-toity and the elite. Having the opportunity to see this first-hand while at The Magic Flute has been a delightful experience to say the least.  The story of The Magic Flute revolves around the Prince Tamino (Andrew Haji) and his friendly companion Papageno (Joshua Hopkins) as they set off to save Pamina, (Elena Tsallagova) the daughter of the Queen of the Night (Ambur Braid).

a dramatic moment with Papagano early in THE MAGIC FLUTE

a dramatic moment with Papagano early in THE MAGIC FLUTE

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“HPO; Beethoven; dramatic moments & a surprise. Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

An evening with the music of Beethoven with a little Haydn & Mozart as aperitifs…what’s not to thoroughly enjoy. Augmented with an inspired dessert, the Hamilton Philharmonic’s first concert of 2017 was under the baton of guest conductor Tim Hankewich and showcased a somewhat abbreviated body of musicians. Opening with Haydn’s short three-movement Symphony No. 16, the work was presented in an almost chamber-ish approach. From a somewhat timorous opening allegro, to a deliberate yet romantically lyrical andante; Hankewich’s finale was animated yet tightly reined with the theme in contrapuntal debate between violins & celli/basses.

Hinrich Alpers performing Beethoven's 2nd concerto

Hinrich Alpers performing Beethoven’s 2nd concerto

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“The Little Mermaid”; ‘positoovilly’ a gem! Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

“♫ Darling, it’s better, down where its wetter; take it from me -Under the Sea “. Words to live by, if you happen to possess gills and fins. Or, if you are a cast member of THEATRE UNLIMITED’s amazingly particularized and perfectly executed adaptation of Disney’s interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This is one BIG effort that is so professionally implemented as to belie the axiom that community theatres are intrinsically second rate. This undertaking is (as ‘Scuttle’ claims) ‘positoovilly’ a gem of musical entertainment.

The (mostly) undersea world of THE LITTLE MERMAID

The (mostly) undersea world of THE LITTLE MERMAID

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“You say tomato I say …”; a W.E.S.T. reprise Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
Six years ago, a couple, Jeff Kahn & Annabelle Gurwitch wrote a biographical comedy about their dating period and fifteen-year marriage. As a play, there are two performers and the audience somewhat sits as a marriage counselor hearing the diverse (and somewhat revisionist) recollections of that 20-year span, and the surprising reversal of usual male/female roles and attitudes. Portrayed by an actual married couple (23 years) Michael and Pudgy Quast try to be the epitome of the personalities they must represent. Succeed they certainly do!
W.E.S.T. stages a new & improved version of “You Say Tomato; I say ‘SHUT UP’

An intense & opposing moment portrayed by the Quasts

An intense & opposing moment portrayed by the Quasts

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