Me, Myself and Eye by Stephanie Morin-Robert. Uno Fest May 2015.

Me Myself and Eye Uno Fest 2015

Me, Myself and Eye by Stephanie Morin Robert. Uno Fest May 2015. Stéphanie Morin-Robert stands centre stage and delivers her secrets and past in conspiratorial fashion—drawing the audience into her seven and eight year old self. Life is about to change, from the comfort and routine of a town where everyone knows her story, to the terror of integrating into a new school and surroundings. On the family front, conflict reigns, between her … [Read more...]

Half Girl/Half Face. Uno Fest May 2015.

Half Girl Half Face Uno Fest 2015

Half Girl/Half Face at Uno Fest May 2015. In our increasingly digital and online world, it’s everyone’s worst nightmare. An innocuous comment taken out of context and amplified with disastrous consequences; the tweet sent out in a moment of frustration—backfiring and becoming conflated in a barrage of hateful replies; the private photo seized upon by a cyber-stalker or bully. Being a teen is never easy, particularly it seems for girls, … [Read more...]

Slick by Karen Lee Pickett. Uno Fest May 2015.

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Slick by Karen Lee Pickett. Uno Fest May 2015. Quip after acerbic quip flows from the mouth of trash-talking oil-company PR hack Marlene in the premiere of Karen Lee Pickett’s solo show Slick, presented as part of Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest. Marlene’s been in the trenches of the PR battle against environmentalists and the general public since the Exxon Valdez ran aground on the shores of Prince William Sound. Cool and collected, she’s … [Read more...]

The Incompleat Folksinger. Uno Fest May 2015

The Incompleat Folksinger Uno Fest 2015

The Incompleat Folksinger. Uno Fest May 2015. This is a review of the initial production by The Other Guys Theatre Company (OGT) in January 2015 at the Metro Studio. The Incompleat Folksinger by Pete Seeger featuring Mark Hellman is a mini-history lesson with beautiful tunes, accomplished storytelling and an immense heart. OGT is well-known for their historical musical revues Good Timber and Moodyville Tales, which included Hellman as part … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe by Sharon Mahoney. Uno Fest May 2015.

The Lion the Bitch and the Wardrobe Uno Fest 2015

The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe by Sharon Mahoney. Uno Fest May 2015.  This is a review of a previous production I saw at the Victoria Fringe Festival in August 2014. Sharon Mahoney knows audiences, having played to hundreds of thousands world-wide (from London to Melbourne and across North America) as the “Canadian” busker, even appearing at the famed Glastonbury Festival. You would think, after having tamed rowdy crowds bent on … [Read more...]

Magic Unicorn Island by Jayson McDonald. Uno Fest May 2015.

Magic Unicorn Island Uno Fest 2015

Magic Unicorn Island by Jayson McDonald. Uno Fest May 2015.  This is a review of a previous production I saw at the Victoria Fringe Festival in August 2014. Jayson McDonald first popped up in Fringe consciousness the year Giant Invisible Robot played the Intrepid Theatre Club in 2007 (and promptly sold out). Since then he’s become a regular not only at the Victoria Fringe Festival but also at UNO Fest. Audiences love his lanky physical … [Read more...]

Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi. Uno Fest May 2015.

Suitcase Stories Uno Fest 2015

Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi. Uno Fest May 2015. Maki Yi begins her performance of Suitcase Stories with a quote, in French from Québecois writer Dany Laferrière who fled Haiti in his youth, and now returns. " Arrivé au nord, il m'a fallu me défaire de toute la lourde réalité du sud qui me sortait par les pores. J'ai mis trente-trois ans pour m'adapter à ce pays d'hiver où tout est si différent de ce que j'avais connu auparavant. De retour … [Read more...]

Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17 2015. A review.

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Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17, 2015. A review. Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (May 5-17, 2015) is quite simply astonishing--an exemplary, boundless and prodigious theatrical production that displays finesse and intricacy in all levels of design, acting and stagecraft. In a short three week rehearsal period, working with the confines of the small stage at the Roxy Theatre, the ensemble brings this much-studied … [Read more...]

An interview with Alanna Mitchell. Sea Sick at UNO Fest 2015 in Victoria BC.

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An interview with Alanna Mitchell. Sea Sick at UNO Fest 2015 in Victoria BC. Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author (New York Times, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, Globe and Mail, and more) who writes about science and social trends specializing in investigative reporting. Sea Sick is inspired by her international bestseller and award-winning book of the same name. I had the opportunity to speak with her before her … [Read more...]

Cock by Mike Bartlett at Theatre Inconnu May 5-23, 2015. A review.

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Cock by Mike Bartlett at Theatre Inconnu May 5-23, 2015. A review. John is confused—but is it by his sexual orientation or by life in general, bound-up as he is in a general inability to make a choice? Theatre Inconnu tackles the Oliver-award-winning play Cock by Mike Bartlett, one of Britain’s rising young stars in the theatrical firmament. Director and designer David MacPherson, in his first production for Theatre Inconnu, sets the audience … [Read more...]