By Daniel Skora One of the disadvantages of writing for a newspaper is that much of what the reader sees and reads of an author’s work has been determined by someone other than the person who wrote the article. Word count, positioning, availability of space for pictures, deadlines, the title that goes above the review, … More it’s All Theatre’s Best of the 2015/16 Season
There’s something fishy in the town of Greater Tuna, and it’s not just its name. All of the citizens of this West Texas town appear to have been cut from one of just two molds, as if inbreeding has led to a kind of genetic repetition. This genetic repetition might also be the cause of … More “Tuna” a Whale of a Good Show at The Dio
The Dio is presenting “The Last 5 Years”, a musical about a New York couple who fall in love, marry, experience discord, and eventually go their separate ways. The story is told almost entirely in song and with a unique plot structure: it begins at the end of their relationship from the woman’s point of … More Last Five Years Go To and Fro at The Dio
By Daniel Skora The Dio Theatre is currently presenting “Rock of Ages”, a musical that combines classic rock songs from the best of the 1980’s metal bands with a story about a small-town girl looking to make it big in Hollywood. Sherrie Christian (Kristin Renee Reeves) leaves Kansas for California in the hope of making … More Rockin’ in the 80’s at The Dio
By Daniel Skora The DIO – Dining & Entertainment is presenting “Proof”, David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama and Tony Award winner for Best Play. The play concerns Robert (Dan Morrison), a mathematical genius whose mental health has declined significantly in his later years, and his daughter Catherine (Esther Jentzen), who has … More Looking for “Proof”? DIO’s Got It!
By Daniel Skora Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. The book, a ghost story that was both thrilling and entertaining, had enormous popular appeal. It also served as a call to action on other issues that affected English life, from the poverty and poor working conditions caused by the Industrial Revolution to the … More Mrs. Cratchit Binges at the Dio
By Daniel Skora It’s quirky. Sometimes it feels like it’s been stitched together from vignettes and sketches. It had an inauspicious beginning in 1997 as a performance gift from the Toronto Theatre Community to two of its members who were getting married. And there are enough zany characters in it to satisfy the cast list … More Recordings Bring “Chaperone” to Life