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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 Leyshon, If 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
out the very able cast of characters . . . . is Rupert
Cadell, a poet and mentoring friend of our two murderously wayward
Wonderfully portrayed by David
Leyshon — who, in more
than one, puts you in mind of Vincent Price playing Oscar Wilde
— Rupert is the lynch-pin in the Rope process of discovery .
. . . ."
March 30, 2012
Leyshon brings sweet pathos to
the Tin Man who sacrificed everything, including his heart, for love."
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."
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."
"Two gentlemen callers,
played by Jeremy Crittenden and David
Leyshon, both have clear,
powerful tenor voices and use them to
Sun, May 2011
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
"With the combination of some strong actors (notably Gigliotti, Clarke
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."
Cowichan Valley Citizen, June 2010
"This toned-down approach is exemplified in David
Leyshon's portrayal of anti-hero
Masterson, an inveterate gambler and womanizer. I've seen portrayals
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
Grant than The Sopranos' Tony Sirico."
Harbour City Star, July 2010
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."
Times Colonist, June 2010
"A kind of cautionary romance on the perils of oversimplifying the
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
and Lynley Hall."
Could Be Love
Calgary Sun, April 2010
and Patrick McManus step (...) deftly into the shoes of Rosencrantz and
Could Be Love
Calgary Herald, April 2010
"...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
Toronto Sun, May 2008
"Occasionally, gold is struck: I Worship You, a
beautiful song well sung (by David
miraculously well as an expression of George's
feelings about Tracy..."
Globe and Mail, 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."
National Post, May 2006
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
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
they bring a sense of purpose to the entire show and all the wonderful
things it has to offer.
is tall, dark and handsome, plays his part with
a subtle, quiet, almost understated confidence that conveys the
strength of character, his altruism, and his goodness. There is an
sophistication there, and also an endearing modesty and grace in a
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."
"In what has been a remarkably frantic week Smillie and company have
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
continue and the production moves closer to its official opening on
Incredibly, to fill the looming vacancy, Smillie managed to find an
who is not merely serviceable but in fact an outstanding talent. Leyshon,
a graduate of the University of Regina's theatre department, is based
Toronto and has worked for five years at the highly regarded Shaw
in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Smillie tracked Leyshon
down in Swift Current
where he was visiting his family and friends, and he accepted the
without hesitation, she said.
Regina Leader Post, December, 2005
"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.
now he's learning the choreography." ......." He's doing fantastic,"
said. "The whole thing is going incredibly well. He is extremely
"...[Newton] has an excellent ensemble at his disposal starting with
Buliung and David Leyshon.
as the foppish Jack and Algernon. Fiona
Byrne and Diana Donnelly play their lovestruck would-be-partners
and Cecily. Collectively and individually it is this quartets reckless
enthusiasm that fuels the action... ."
Regina Leader Post, November, 2005
is typically handsome, languid, and entirely
self-absorbed as the popinjay Algernon... "
Importance of Being Earnest
Buffalo Spree Magazine, July 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
scapegrace, whose insistent cleverness matches his
Importance of Being Earnest
City Magazine (Rochester, NY), May 2004
"...[Tarelton's] lively daughter Hypatia is betrothed, more or less, to
the aggresively wimpy Bunny Summerhays, played with whiney
by David Leyshon.
Cleverly impudent, he shrinks to conquer."
Importance of Being Earnese
www.culturevulture.com, July 2004
"...Bunny Summerhays is a languid, spoilt pup, who shivers at a harsh
and bursts into tears at the show of a fist. Delightfully delicate and
exasperating, David Leyshon
has a lovely time with this character."
West Side Times, July 29th 2003
shines in the more
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
Welland Tribune, May 24th, 2003
"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
Several people caught my eye, including David
Leyshon, who played
the valet in The Tenor....
Night For Singing
Calgary Sun, December 2002
..."It's hard to imagine a cast more fitted to the material. (...)David
a formidable talent."...
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The Toronto Star, September 2002
David Leyshon is
hilarious as an upper class twit straight out of P.G. Wodehouse".....
You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Edmonton Sun, July 2000
..."[The] Mayfield production relies on the charm and the comic zest,
to mention the voices, of its cast. Celina Stachow, Bridget Ryan, Ron
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
meet at a funeral would be so touching. The idea of old people
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
Stagedoor.com, July 2001
..."[Broad appeal] combined with some superb voices and four very
and talented actors makes for a delightful evening of
You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Edmonton Journal, July 2000
..."Roman Pfob, Colin DeBourcier,
David Leyshon and Tim Sell sing
delightfully, if not angelically, and they perform with captivating
You, You're Perfect, Now Change
SEE Magazine, July 2000
..."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)"...
Edmonton Journal, July 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
Calgary Straight, April 1999
..."The gem of the piece, oddly, is Olivia's put-upon steward,
Imagined as a wind-up toy solider, he is forever winding down and
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
manipulated by the mischievous Feste. As played by David
he is the most colourful of the characters emanating from the toy box -
larger than life yet capable of arousing our sympathy."
Calgary Herald, July 6, 1998
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
elements in this production is a romance that develops between the
and a maid named Teresa, played with innocence and charm by Michelle
FFWD Weekly, July 1998
Hostage (U of R)
Regina Leader-Post, October 1997