Skip to main content

Sexy, Saucy, Sassy

More Amore
March 21, 2011
The Company House, Halifax

By way of songs that are both “sentimental and semi-mental”, the dynamic-duo of Stuart Hiseler and Karen Myatt leave no side of love unscathed in More Amore, a two-hour, two-set comical cabaret that covers the chronological gamut of romance.

From the trying teen-years to the awkward amblings of old age – and from the profound to the profane - the work succeeds at exploring themes of longing, belonging and identity in a light and lyrical manner.

Opening with a mixed medley of modern and mid-century popular chansons, Hiseler and Myatt soon set into a series of sexy, saucy and sassy duets and solo pieces.

Highlights of the performance included the clever two-piece Moving Right Along, and the upbeat, quick-witted Cubicle of Love, which showcased the couple’s sure on-stage chemistry. The brilliant (and gut-busting) We’re Breaking up and Lady Part are worth the price of admission alone.

The in-between bantering worked well also, particularly Myatt’s recounting of an online dating experience with a young man who sends her a photo of himself posing as a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader.

Certainly strong as an ensemble, each entertainer had their moments to shine separately; Hiseler’s manic antics during Stalker were so eerily on-target that I am re-considering my decision to add him as a friend on Facebook. Myatt’s rousing rendition of I’m Not Pregnant, I’m Just Fat was a moving mélange of burlesque, blues, gospel and soul, all-dolled-up in a pretty package.

Aside from the mandatory opening-night jitters, and a few minor wardrobe malfunctions (the nipple slip!), the festivities were fresh, fluid and funny.

And though both couple and crowd seemed comfortable with the informal environment, the performance perhaps appeared out-of-place on Gottingen St.

While The Company House might be a fine venue for emerging artists of all arrays, a production of this sort deserves a more fitting fate and would be better served at the Neptune Theatre or the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

As such, Hiseler and Myatt - each vocal protégés of Halifax-based diva/soprano Janice Jackson - are well on their way to bigger and better things, both in their individual careers and as a pair extraordinaire. That said, be sure to see and them now while you still can. ~ SPC

More Amore until March 23 at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen St., Halifax

Popular posts from this blog

Charles Hsuen

Even after almost 30 years as the voice of jazz in Halifax, Charles Hsuen shows no signs of slowing down. His passion to preserve and promote the genre to listeners of all ages cannot be overstated. Recently we spoke with Hsuen about his roots, and his life-long love of big band, bebop, swing, Sinatra and more.
What are your own roots? My roots derive from a rather mixed background. My father is of Vietnamese / Tibetan / Chinese heredity, but grew up in India, before immigrating to Canada in 1967. While my mother’s roots stem from Indo-China, she grew up in Brunei before immigrating to Canada in 1969. Both extended families ultimately settled in Toronto and my parents met and married in the early 1970's. The last name “Hsuen” (now XUAN), pronounced “Schwen,” comes from the Last Emperor of China Henry Pu Yi who ruled using the name Xuantong from 1909 until his forced abdication in 1912. The story was of a tumultuous reign, his forced resignation and eventual attempt to reclaim his ti…

Danny Bilsborough

Danny Bilsborough, NSCC alumna and owner of Danny B Studios, has spent most of her days consulting various clients on software options for their new business endeavours. 
Although she’s been involved with assessing some really exciting projects, nothing makes her happier than grabbing her brush and splashing colour on a canvas. That’s why she’s decided to take the plunge into becoming a full-time artist.
“I was always so scared to try using colour, but when my daughter was born and the opportunity came to incorporate these new palettes into her life, they quickly found their way into mine,” she says.
Colour brings light to many things and gives people a sense of enjoyment. Markus Maier explained in his academic journal titled Color Psychology that colour carries great meaning and can have an important impact on people's affect, cognition and behaviour.
Bilsborough’s favourite pieces to create are those of nature and animals – a quick look at her online Etsy page confirms this. She be…


Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, International World-Champion Elvis tribute artist, Thane Dunn and his Cadillac Kings, will perform seven shows throughout the Maritimes over the coming months. Recently we spoke with the King of Kings about his passion and profession.
What are your roots? I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. I've lived everywhere from California to Toronto but Moncton always has had a special place in my heart. My musical roots have always been early Rock and Roll and also old Country and Western like Buck Owens and Stonewall Jackson. I’ve always been a huge Jim Morrison fan. He had a lot of similar traits to Elvis.
What first inspired the Elvis tribute? I always loved the man and I’ve had people tell me I looked like him and in early bands I was in people would say I sounded like him. I had a few months leading up to the decision to do it where it seemed every time I turned on the TV there was Elvis, the radio would be playing Elvis…