Hare’s play ‘SKYLIGHT’ sparks a fire Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
British playwright, David Hare’s powerful, evocative, award-winning drama, Skylight, at Can Stage’s Berkeley Theatre, is about bridging gaps – between the sexes, generations and economic groups. This is Hidden Cove Productions first theatrical production.
In the context of Margaret Thatcher’s rabidly individualistic London, two former lovers – wealthy businessman, Tom Sergeant, played by Lindsay G. Merrithew, and teacher to the underprivileged, Kyra Hollis, played by Sara Topham – try to connect with one another. They are lost in ideologies; strongly-held beliefs; and patterns of behavior. They refuse to change, own their mistakes or adapt to the other’s viewpoint. Honest self-revelation becomes impossible.                             Photo of Merrithew & Topham in a dramatic SKYLIGHT moment … by Matthew Plexman

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T.S.O.’s ‘Eroica’ celebrates liberty, equality, fraternity Reply

Review by Sylvie Di Leonardo ReviewerSylvie2

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, the “Eroica,” heralded Romantic composition: It was written at the beginning of the French revolution, and underwent some changes in dedication between its writing, publication, and performance for reasons of politics, but more so, of integrity. Surely these sentiments are relevant to a contemporary audience.  Solid from beginning to end, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s performance was championed by the funeral march. The woodwinds shone during the return; the clarity in their execution of the theme gave a glimpse of the celebration of life inherent in the march.   Photo courtesy of JOSH CLAVIR

Bronfman performing with the Toronto Symphony

      Yefim Bronfman performing the concerto No. 3 with the Toronto Symphony


“LOVE LETTERS”, not a ‘You’ve got mail’ happy-ender Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
            Six months ago, my muse critiqued West End Studio Theatre’s staging of the 1988 A.R. Gurney drama LOVE LETTERS. This time the much-requested reprise will receive my own evaluation…also a positive assessment, but seen and observed from a different view point or mindset.  The play deals with two upper-class New England youngsters circa 1938 who iterate their relationship via handwritten correspondence, and continue to do so over the next half-century. Through their epistles, the audience follows their intersecting lives.

Reid & Brokenshire in "LOVE LETTERS"

      Reid & Brokenshire in “LOVE LETTERS”


“Mohawk”, an ancient Iroquois tribe, a modern College Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
            The Mohicans of James Fennimore Cooper and today’s Six Nations tribe have a long and respected history vis-à-vis Canada. Joe Brant; the War of 1812, and the ‘guardians’ of early New York, are part of our combined history. In 1966, MOHAWK COLLEGE was formed and today stands as one of the most successful colleges in the country. For very personal association and respect, we decided to cover its graduation ceremony rather than a McMaster or U of T convocation.

The actual graduation ceremony procession

The actual graduation ceremony procession


Lewis Carroll’s “ALICE”; an extra-ordinary search for identity Reply

Review by Ellen S. Jaffe ReviewerEllen S.
    Most of us remember Alice’s words, “curiouser and curiouser”, as she explored the absurdities of Wonderland, sometimes funny; sometimes scary. In this elaborate and truly extra-ordinary production of Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival, Alice’s curiosity and courage help her overcome fear and confusion, as she journeys through a world of imagination, reflecting Victorian society & turning it upside-down.
Oxford mathematics professor, Charles Dodgson, originally created the story in 1862, while taking the three Liddell sisters – including Alice – on a summer afternoon boat ride. Dodgson published the classic novel under the pen-name, Lewis Carroll, in 1865, and staged in 1886.

the cast of ALICE in WONDERLAND

The cast of ALICE in WONDERLAND   –   photo by David Cooper


Miller’s “ALL MY SONS” challenges and inspires Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
    Stratford’s stunning production of Arthur Miller’s, All My Sons, takes the audience on a gut-wrenching, roller coaster in which the concepts of loyalty, patriotism and the American Dream are tested and tried. Recommendation- watch the show with seat belt fastened. There are twists and turns in every scene and something evil lurks beneath the surface. As the tree – so skillfully split by lightening in the first scene indicates – make the wrong move and you’re dead.
There is a lot of death and destruction in Miller’s brilliant script, first produced in 1947, but there is also a lot of hope.     Photo courtesy of David Hou

Blake & Afful in n on-stage dramatic moment

        Blake & Afful in a  dramatic on-stage moment