Improv Actually by Paper Street Theatre Co December 14-18, 2016. Interview with director Dave Morris.

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Improv Actually by Paper Street Theatre Co December 14-18, 2016. Interview with director Dave Morris. There are tickets remaining for an extra late night show on Friday December 16th.  All other shows are sold-out. Dave Morris. Photo by Derek Ford Studios Improv Actually will focus on themes from romantic Christmas movies such as Four Christmases, Love Actually and The Holiday.  What are some of the themes the cast of Paper Street … [Read more...]

Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review.

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Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review. If the idea of one more “holiday special” makes you unhinged, if you’re ready to shout “bah humbug” to the world--then the macabre, bizarre, perverse stylings of Theatre Inconnu’s Shockheaded Peter (on until December 17th) are for you.  Prepare to cackle gleefully as disappointed parents dispatch their progeny with wild abandon and young children meet with a series of … [Read more...]

A Christmas Story at the Chemainus Theatre Festival November 18-December 31, 2016. A review.

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A Christmas Story at the Chemainus Theatre Festival November 18-December 31, 2016. A review. It’s the season—time to dust off favourite recipes, find the familiar tunes and grab a DVD of a holiday classic.  In our family, it has always been A Christmas Story, based on stories by Jean Shepherd.  The movie came out in 1983 just before my oldest son was born—at first we watched it on TV, then made sure to rent it from the local video store … [Read more...]

The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langha Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review. Langham Court Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, drives deep into the hearts and motivations of people—their petty jealousies, long-standing feuds, primordial urges and moral rectitude.  Written in 1953 about the Salem witch trials and considered to be an allegory of McCarthyism, this seminal work in the canon of great American … [Read more...]

I Think I’m Fallin’–The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review.

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I Think I’m Fallin’--The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review. A dark and sombre mood hangs in the air—it’s November, season of grey skies and rain; south- of-the-border politics infiltrate every discussion, Remembrance Day is around the corner and, Leonard Cohen, troubadour to a nation, has just died. It falls to the artists of I Think I’m Fallin’ to lift the audience out of a collective … [Read more...]

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review.

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Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review. In the seemingly limitless space of the Chief Dan George Theatre, majestic rivers of drapery—lighting playing enticingly upon surfaces (Eryn Griffith)—adorn the back wall, alluding to the sumptuous and excessive manner in which the rich, idle and bored French nobility live. By focusing on a small selection of furniture pieces—a chaise longue, a table, benches and … [Read more...]

Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review.

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Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review. Taking 110 years of a person’s life and distilling them into a fascinating solo show complete with musical interludes is a daunting task—one that Elisabeth Wagner has accomplished with quiet flair and brio. Alice Herz-Sommer, who passed away in 2014, was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor—an accomplished concert pianist who survived Theresienstadt concentration camp with … [Read more...]

The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review.

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The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review. It’s a triple hit wonder—for a third year running, The Rocky Horror Show (on until October 29th at the Metro Studio Theatre) teases and tantalizes with delicious debauchery and show-stopping song and dance numbers. Believe it or not, there are still people who have not seen The Rocky Horror Show—either live or film versions.  What would Hallowe’en be … [Read more...]

The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review.

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The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review. The years have not dulled the acuity or relevance of TJ Dawe’s narrative, The Slipknot, presented at the inaugural Phoenix “Spotlight on Alumni” in January 2003, and staged once again as part of the Alumni Festival to celebrate the Phoenix’s 50th anniversary. Dawe graduated from UVic in 1997 and quickly became a contender on the Canadian Fringe … [Read more...]

Hildas Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review.

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Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review. Hilda’s Yard, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until November 5, 2016, is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of family when life becomes difficult. Norm Foster is considered to be one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, popular with theatres—community, school, university and professional—from coast to coast. … [Read more...]