The Valley by Joan MacLeod at the Belfry Theatre February 5-28, 2016. A review.

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The Valley by Joan MacLeod at the Belfry Theatre February 5- 28, 2016. A review. The Valley by Joan MacLeod (currently at the Belfry Theatre February 5-28, 2016) is tight, taut, topical theatre, unrestrained in its deep and compassionate examination of a very contemporary and universal issue. In the years since Rober Dziekanski’s death prompted Joan MacLeod to begin writing The Valley, devastating encounters between police officers and c … [Read more...]

The Handmade Tale by Paper Street Theatre Co. Interview with Missie Peters.

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The Handmade Tale by Paper Street Theatre Co. Interview with Missie Peters.  February 17-20, 2016. Paper Street Theatre Co, for the last show of their 2015-2016 season, focuses on the dystopian fiction of renowned Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.  What a challenge! Regular improv player Missie Peters kindly answered questions about this up-coming show. Photo: Derek Ford Atwood’s dystopian fiction started with The Handmaid’s Tale, continued … [Read more...]

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review.

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review. Murder by Midnight, a live interactive murder mystery dinner theatre (at the Ambrosia Centre) hosted by Enigmatic Events (February 5/6 and 12/13, 2016) is part live game of Clue, part closed room dinner theatre mystery à la Agatha Christie and part puzzle enthusiasts meet-up, and the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time. What an absolute … [Read more...]

Into the Woods by Company C January 28-February 6, 2016. A review.

Into the Woods by Company C January 28-February 6, 2016. A review. The large performance hall (formerly the church hall of St Mary’s Oak Bay) at the Canadian College of Performing Arts has been transformed, once again, into a magical world for the final performance of the 2015-2016 Company C year—Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. There’s something warm and inviting about the space with its vaulted roof, reminiscent of an u … [Read more...]

Double Diamond at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, January 22-February 20, 2016. A review.

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Double Diamond at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, January 22-February 20, 2016. A review. Bill Zaalberg (Double Diamond) is close in age to Neil Diamond, and like Diamond, has been performing since he was young, having formed Victoria’s first rock band in 1961 before making music his full-time profession in 1975 when he resigned from the telephone company. Although an admitted “shy person” (as is Diamond himself) he is an experienced and smooth perfo … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.

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Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.  (media release) Dance Victoria’s popular city-wide Dance Days event is back for its seventh year featuring free classes in all kinds of styles in studios all over town. This year the free classes include a larger dance fitness component for adult beginner, intermediate and professional levels that’ll move you. You can try your hand (or foot) at salsa, swing, flamenco, yoga, nia, zumba an … [Read more...]

A Winter of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC. January and February.

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A Winter of Theatre in Victoria BC 2016. January and February. Over the past few years, the normally staid months of January and February have been a hive of activity as local theatre groups launch new projects and regular seasons and series. This year is no exception with 23 productions in January and February (and I'm sure more will be added as I  become aware of them).  I most apologize for the late posting of this article. The beginning of … [Read more...]

Into The Woods by Company C January 28-February 6, 2016. A preview.

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Into The Woods by Company C January 28-February 6, 2016. A preview. It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies. It’s been 10 years since my son Elliott Loran first became a student at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and I still remember, fondly, the productions of the inaugural season of Company C, the year III program that sees students forming their own repertory company and taking on roles from production to performance. To cap off … [Read more...]

Describe My Lonely by Robbie Huebner January 19-22 2016. A Review.

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Describe My Lonely by Robbie Huebner January 19-22 2016. A Review. Describe My Lonely by Robbie Huebner (The Dangers of Daphne, Archand)--presented by Catador Theatre January 19—22 at the Intrepid Theatre Club--is an assured production: emerging playwright Robbie Huebner’s dialogue, whip-smart and full of comedic flair, truly capturing not only the zeitgeist of an age—and gamer and fantasy culture—but also the heartbreak of romance and the alie … [Read more...]

Murder by Midnight Interactive Dinner Theatre. Interview with creator Vanessa Baylen.

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Murder by Midnight Interactive Dinner Theatre. Interview with creator Vanessa Baylen. There's a new dinner theatre in town--one that promises to be quite different from previous incarnations in the genre. I first learned of Chris Rudram of Enigmatic Events from his food blog, Victoria, In Person.  Chris, a recent transplant from England, had the most engaging way of chronicling his experiences, and he is prolific.  It so happens he also has … [Read more...]