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Theatre Network’s Gordon cynically dissects a messed-up family – Review by GRAHAM HICKS

Theatre review by GRAHAM HICKS, hicksbiz.com Gordon April 25 to May 15, 2016, Theatre Network, The Roxy on Gateway, 8529 Gateway Blvd. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 8 p.m. dark Mondays running time, including intermission, 2 hours, 15 minutes Tix: Theatrenetwork.ca The very best part of Gordon, playing at Theatre Network’s temporary home on Gateway Boulevard through May 15, is the absence of sugar-coating. Playwrights usually emerge from that societal class that believes in nurture over nature, environment over jobs and mankind’s innate goodness. They tend to adapt a social worker stance when dealing with societal under-bellies. To quote West Side Story: “He ain’t a criminal, he’s just misunderstood. We ain't no delinquents, we're misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good!” In Gordon, playwright Morris Panych will have nothing to do with ‘this boy don't need a judge, he needs an analyst's care!’ That’s why Gordon, in its unsettling way, is ... Read the rest of entry »

On Spanish wines - Baron de Ley the company, Tempranillo the grape, Rioja the region

By Graham Hicks I’m hardly a connoisseur of fine wines, having neither the palate or the pocket book to move much beyond the $25 range for a decent bottle of plonk. But over the years, I’ve extended my knowledge far enough to know what I really like, and which varietals best work for my tastes. I do know that Spanish wines from the Rioja growing region, made primarily from Tempranillo grapes, are delicious. Usually $25 or under for the “reserva”  category, i.e. in Rioja, having been aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Tempranillo reserva wines represent some of the best value to be found in Edmonton’s many liquor stores. When Sergio Soriano of the Baron de Ley Spanish wine group came through town as a guest of Nelson Gomes’ Fine Vine Imports, I didn’t pass up the chance to learn more about Spanish wines, particularly Tempranillos from Rioja, one of the two Spanish wine-growing regions that are  DOC – Denominacion de Origen Calificad ... Read the rest of entry »