David Leyshon

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"The Antipholus of Syracusa is a gentler, confused fellow and wonderfully portrayed in shrugs, innocent fumbling and amazement by David Leyshon, who was Jack in last winter's production of The Importance of Being Earnest."

                                       The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Sept 2013

"Directed with finesse by David LeyshonIf I Weren't With You   adds up to a show with 80% comedy, 10% tragedy and another 10% reality in the narrative/lyrical mix. (...)  thanks to peppy direction, fun songs/lyrics and engaging performances,  If I Weren't With You  is a delightfully lovely romp through someone else's marriage struggles."

                                       Applause! Meter/CBC, Calgary, April 2013
                                        ID/2368892020/CBC Review, Calgary, April 2013

"The character John Worthing, played by David Leyshon, captures an identity crisis within his character that makes the audience laugh and sympathize with his internal struggles."

                                        The Journal, Halifax, Jan 2013

"The boys David Leyshon as Jack and Michael Therriault as Algerrnon are accomplished in their roles.  Leyshon does a fine job on the more moral, sincere Jack. The shocks and disappointments register beautifully on his face."

                                        The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Jan 2013

"Rounding out the very able cast of characters . . . . is Rupert Cadell, a poet and mentoring friend of our two murderously wayward lads. Wonderfully portrayed by David Leyshon — who, in more ways than one, puts you in mind of Vincent Price playing Oscar Wilde — Rupert is the lynch-pin in the Rope process of discovery . . . . ."

                                                             Calgary Herald, March 30, 2012

"David Leyshon brings sweet pathos to the Tin Man who sacrificed everything, including his heart, for love."

                                   Wizard of Oz
                                                             Calgary Sun, November 2011

 "The actors playing the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion had similarly large shoes to fill and they did so impressively. (...) David Leyshon's Tin Man broke our hearts when he finally got his."

                                  Wizard of Oz
                                                                        Applause Meter.com, November 2011

".. David Leyshon has real presence as the deadpan Professor Bhaer, a more reluctant subscriber to Jo's vigorous charms. He nails the best — because the most elliptical, non-cliched and non-self-explanatory — song in the entire show, How I Am."

                                                                                Little Women
                                                                                Edmonton Journal, May 2011

"Two gentlemen callers, played by Jeremy Crittenden and David Leyshon, both have clear, powerful tenor voices and use them to great effect." 

                                                                                Little Women
                                                                                Edmonton Sun, May 2011

Leyshon (...) managed that difficult combo: seeming strong-minded and yet romantic at the same time. The mask of his role as the unexpected seducer of a mission doll slips once in a while to expose a pretty tough guy underneath but he sings his way into audience hearts despite our concerns about Sarah's possible future happiness with a gambler."

                  Guys and Dolls
                  Cowichan Valley Citizen, June 2010
"With the combination of some strong actors (notably Gigliotti, Clarke and Leyshon plus Melissa Young as Big Jule, the high rolling gambler from Chicago), (...) Guys & Dolls will let you set aside any stress you have and just drift in a world of fantasy, a world where all is made right with a song and dance."
                  Guys and Dolls
                  Harbour City Star, July 2010
"This toned-down approach is exemplified in David Leyshon's portrayal of anti-hero Sky Masterson, an inveterate gambler and womanizer. I've seen portrayals that recall Joseph Bologna's gangster shtick as Stan "King" Kaiser in My Favorite Year. Yet Leyshon, dressed in a sky-blue fedora, is all coolness and class -- much more Cary Grant than The Sopranos' Tony Sirico."
                  Guys and Dolls
                  Times Colonist, June 2010
"Leyshon and Hall are both dynamic singers, but it’s not until the late entry song Helsinki that Leyshon is allowed to bust loose and boy can this man sell a song."
                  This Could Be Love
                  Calgary Sun, April 2010
"A kind of cautionary romance on the perils of oversimplifying the overly complicated where the contemporary dating, love and marriage game is concerned, This Could Be Love (...) proves an engaging vehicle for the obvious musical theatre talents of David Leyshon and Lynley Hall."
                  This Could Be Love
                  Calgary Herald, April 2010
"David Leyshon and Patrick McManus step (...) deftly into the shoes of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern."
                  Toronto Sun, May 2008
"...one of the more interesting performances of the evening comes from Leyshon. His character is ridiculed for being unfunny and boring throughout. But since Leyshon (who can carry a tune) embraces his unadorned turn, he aquits himself and his thankless character well."
                  High Society,
                  Globe and Mail, May 2006
"Occasionally, gold is struck: I Worship You, a beautiful song well sung (by David Leyshon) works miraculously well as an expression of George's feelings about Tracy..."
                  High Society,
                  National Post, May 2006
"Confusingly for the show's dramatic equilibrium, David Leyshon has outstanding comic and musical drive in the part of dull, plodding George Kittredge. We get the wonky impression that if it weren't for the plot roles they were stuck with, Scott and Leyshon would actually be made for each other."
                  High Society,
                  Xtra! (Toronto), May 2006

"The Globe Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a resounding success for a number of good reasons, but none of them would matter much if it weren't for the performances of Regan Thiel and David Leyshon in the lead roles. They sing, and act, and dance marvellously, and by giving us a Cinderella and a Prince Charming who are truly engaging, they bring a sense of purpose to the entire show and all the wonderful things it has to offer.
Leyshon, who is tall, dark and handsome, plays his part with a subtle, quiet, almost understated confidence that conveys the Prince's strength of character, his altruism, and his goodness. There is an undeniable sophistication there, and also an endearing modesty and grace in a figure who is regal and yet, despite his high station -- a privileged position bestowed on him fortuitously by merely an accident of birth -- remains pure and uncorrupted, a man of values.
In short: you can't help but like this dude; you're pulling for him; you hope that, in the end, he gets the girl." 

                  Regina Leader Post, December, 2005 
"In what has been a remarkably frantic week Smillie and company have had to deal with the firing of a costume designer and the withdrawal of an actor cast in a principal role -- all of this while advance performances continue and the production moves closer to its official opening on Thursday....... Incredibly, to fill the looming vacancy, Smillie managed to find an actor who is not merely serviceable but in fact an outstanding talent. Leyshon, a graduate of the University of Regina's theatre department, is based in Toronto and has worked for five years at the highly regarded Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Smillie tracked Leyshon down in Swift Current where he was visiting his family and friends, and he accepted the challenge without hesitation, she said. 
"He's already off-book," Smillie said, which, translated from theatre speak, means that Leyshon has committed all of Prince Charming's lines to memory, "and he knows the (Rodgers and Hammerstein) songs. Right now he's learning the choreography." ......." He's doing fantastic," Smillie said. "The whole thing is going incredibly well. He is extremely talented."
                Regina Leader Post, November, 2005 
"...[Newton] has an excellent ensemble at his disposal starting with Evan Buliung and David Leyshon. as the foppish Jack and Algernon. Fiona Byrne and Diana Donnelly play their lovestruck would-be-partners Gwendolen and Cecily. Collectively and individually it is this quartets reckless enthusiasm that fuels the action... ." 
                  The Importance of Being Earnest 
                  Buffalo Spree Magazine, July 2004 
"....David Leyshon is typically handsome, languid, and entirely self-absorbed as the popinjay Algernon... " 
                  The Importance of Being Earnest 
                  City Magazine (Rochester, NY), May 2004 
"....This play on pairing features perfect pairs (...) As friends Jack and Algernon, Evan Buliung and David Leyshon interact so naturally their lines seem almost spontaneous. Each supplies his own earnestness: Jack the awkward, stiff, respected landowner, Algernon the indebted young scapegrace, whose insistent cleverness matches his irresponsibility...." 
                  The Importance of Being Earnese 
                  www.culturevulture.com, July 2004 
"...[Tarelton's] lively daughter Hypatia is betrothed, more or less, to the aggresively wimpy Bunny Summerhays, played with whiney determination by David Leyshon. Cleverly impudent, he shrinks to conquer." 
                  West Side Times, July 29th 2003 
"...Bunny Summerhays is a languid, spoilt pup, who shivers at a harsh word and bursts into tears at the show of a fist. Delightfully delicate and exasperating, David Leyshon has a lovely time with this character." 
                  Welland Tribune, May 24th, 2003 
"...Leyshon shines in the more romantic numbers, such as Love Look Away and his beautiful duet with Wattling on A Lovely Night. He also puts his stamp on The Sound of Music favourite, Maria."... 
                  A Grand Night For Singing
                  Calgary Sun, December 2002 
"Part of the fun of attending these events is seeing people with small roles in the main season step into larger ones for the Director's Project. Several people caught my eye, including David Leyshon, who played the valet in The Tenor.... 
                  The Tenor (Shaw Festival Director's Projects) 
                  The Toronto Star, September 2002 
..."It's hard to imagine a cast more fitted to the material. (...)David Leyshon is a formidable talent."... 
                  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
                  Edmonton Sun, July 2000 
...""...Third newcomer David Leyshon is hilarious as an upper class twit straight out of P.G. Wodehouse"..... ."... 
                  Shawdow Play
                  Stagedoor.com, July 2001 
..."[The] Mayfield production relies on the charm and the comic zest, not to mention the voices, of its cast. Celina Stachow, Bridget Ryan, Ron Pederson and David Leyshon deliver all of the above, in a hip, highly enjoyable evening. (...) They are a sparkling quartet. (...) I was surprised that the scene in which an elderly widow and widower (Ryan and Leyshon) meet at a funeral would be so touching. The idea of old people potentially getting it on has been systematically beaten to death in condescending sitcom gags forever, but the young actors here are so skilful and honest that the scene seems like a real and proper finale."... 
                  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
                  Edmonton Journal, July 2000 
..."[Broad appeal] combined with some superb voices and four very versatile and talented actors makes for a delightful evening of entertainment."... 
                  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
                  SEE Magazine, July 2000 
..."Roman Pfob, Colin DeBourcier, David Leyshon and Tim Sell sing delightfully, if not angelically, and they perform with captivating artlessness..." 
                  Forever Plaid
                  Edmonton Journal, July 1999 
..."These actors can sing. I mean, really sing. Of particular note are the angelic voices of the young lovers (David Leyshon and Edmonton actor Andrea House)"... 
                  The Fantastiks
                  Calgary Straight, April 1999 
..."But it's David Leyshon's tin-soldier Malvolio that gets the most laughs, whether he's discovering the fake love letter from Olivia (which is so big he has to walk from one end of the stage to the other to read it) or pursuing here like the Energizer Bunny run amok." 
                  Twelfth Night
                  Calgary Herald, July 6, 1998 
..."The gem of the piece, oddly, is Olivia's put-upon steward, Malvolio. Imagined as a wind-up toy solider, he is forever winding down and needing a boost to get going again. When the members of Olivia's household gang up on him to make him the butt of a practical joke, he becomes a marionette, manipulated by the mischievous Feste. As played by David Leyshon, he is the most colourful of the characters emanating from the toy box - larger than life yet capable of arousing our sympathy." 
                  Twelfth Night
                  FFWD Weekly, July 1998 
..."David Leyshon is outstanding as Leslie Williams, the young British soldier who is held hostage in a misguided attempt to force the release of an IRA youth who faces execution in Belfast. Indeed, one of the strongest elements in this production is a romance that develops between the hostage and a maid named Teresa, played with innocence and charm by Michelle Dueck." 
                  The Hostage (U of R) 
                  Regina Leader-Post, October 1997 

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