Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: Crystal Tiaras at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Clothing and accessories made out of crystals have captured the imagination of the wealthy for centuries.

Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: NYC Sparkles at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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NYC and The Empire State building will always be number one.

 

Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: Crystal Frame Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Family portraits sparkle when you are surrounded by crystals at Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: “Talking” Stairway at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Even the stairways have something to say at Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

Austria, Wattens: On Stage in the Crystal Dome Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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“You are the world” – the Crystal World that is, when you stand in the center of the Crystal Dome.

 

 

Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: Moving Crystals at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Crystals are used in so many areas that you would not think about, here it’s on show biz clothing.

Austria, Wattens, Innsbruck: Rainbow Icicles Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Ice of course, has crystals too. But these sparkling icicles have rainbows.

 

 

Austria, Wattens: Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Look up as you enter the Blue Hall at Swarovski Crystal World, as you never know what might be glittering above you.

 

 

Austria, Wattens: The Giant at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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The Giant welcomes you to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens Austria, a free 20-min bus ride from Innsbruck. In 1895 Daniel Swarovski started the company and now it honors his imagination with this gorgeous attraction which is part museum, part theme park and part art installation.

Canada, Montreal: Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Glengarry Glen Ross

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It’s special when we can get to view a play which was honored with a Tony nomination and garnered a Pulitzer Prize.  Glengarry Glen Ross, now playing at the Mainline Theatre (produced by Acts to Grind Theatre), shows off David Mamet’s ability to write profound dialogue.

This story highlights the cynical, difficult, pushy life of real estate salesmen in Chicago. I was not surprised to learn that the play is also often referred to as “Death of a Fuckin’ Salesman”, because it is notorious for its use of profanity. That hardly resonates in today’s foul language world – on the other hand, today’s politically correct society would flinch at the prejudice shown against East Indians and Polish people.

Mamet’s characters are drawn down and dirty as lying, backstabbing, double-dealing tricksters willing to toss out ethical principles to justify their work. Yet they really are passionate about selling, and especially enjoy the nitty gritty details of closing a deal.  One of Mamet’s goal in writing this play was to highlight the plight of so many people who go about their lives performing regular jobs yet often having to endure indignities while doing so.

Actor Zag Dorison (Shelly Levene) does an amazing job of making you feel his nervousness and despair; we twitch and pull on our lapels right along with him. Dorison, commenting on his character, “This play will always be relevant. There will always be those who exploit others and are out
for a buck at the expense of someone’s savings and dignity. Although the character of Shelly Levene is down on his luck, he believes that
it’s just a streak that will break; he had been a shark and wants to be one again. It is interesting that in spite of this, the audience still
sympathizes with him when his whole world comes crashing down upon him.”

Michael Aronovitch (George Aaronow),  Izak Benrobi (Ricky Roma) and Jake Caceres (Dave Moss) have all been cast well for their parts, and they make their distinctive personalities apparent. Bryan Libero (John Williamson) really makes you dislike him while the company man, Olivier Ross-Parent (Blake/Baylen) is properly detestable.  Davyn Ryall (James Lingk) does well as the meek patsy trying to get his money back.

Be prepared for Mamet’s long soliliquys for each of them – with the other salesmen there mostly as an audience for their rants.  Since this is a small theatre, you too feel as though you are right next to them in the room. Be careful though because as Levene says, these guys are so manipulative, they know how to sell you something you didn’t even want.

Location: MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent, 2nd floor
Dates: Presented in English: Wed-Sat Nov 7-10, 14, 15, 16, 17, at 8pm. Sun matinees Nov 11, 18, at 2 pm
Tickets: (Prices include taxes and service charge) $22 general admission; $20 Seniors; $18 Students
Tel: 514 849-3378
e-mail: boxoffice@montrealfringe.ca
www.mainlinetheatre.ca/en/spectacles/glengarry-glen-ross
youtu.be/kQOG32GINho
NOTE: mature language. Recommended ages 14+