ana by Impulse Theatre at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

ana by Impulse Theatre Uno Fest 2016

Ana by Impulse Theatre at Uno Fest 2016. A review. Emerging artist—these words are fraught with meaning and interpretation.  How long does one emerge?  When can a company consider itself to be established? With ana, currently at Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest May 26-28, 2016, Impulse Theatre confirms, once again, their place in the region’s burgeoning arts scene, and as “part of the current great cultural shift” (my comments following Wolf in … [Read more...]

Understudy at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

Understudy Uno Fest 2016.

The Understudy at Uno Fest 2016. A review. Adult-as-child is a very particular niche on the Fringe and solo circuit. Meet Dylan (Gillian Clark) --so recently turned nine  that he often forgets he’s not eight—a preternaturally precocious theatre artist, filled with deep musings about the nature of creative genius. To the un-initiated he’s Sheep #11 and understudy to Wise Man #1 in the school Christmas pageant, but in reality Dylan is a … [Read more...]

Flotsam and Jetsam Life on the West Coast by The Other Guys Theatre Company. A review.

Flotsam and Jetsam May 2016

Flotsam and Jetsam: Life on the West Coast by the Other Guys Theatre Company. A review. Reviving a formula honed in their last revue, Good Timber, and with a number of the same collaborators (Colleeen Eccleston, Kelt Eccleston and Mark Hellman), joined by newcomer Rachel Capon (most notably on bass), Ross Desprez and Tobin Stokes of The Other Guys Theatre Company bring to life, in spirited and succinct fashion, what it means to live on … [Read more...]

In the Blue of Evening at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

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In the Blue of the Evening at Uno Fest 2016. A review. The blue hour (that dusky time twixt day and night) has long been associated with romance and longing.  It’s a favourite time for photographers when landscapes take on an aura of mystery—a period the French call “entre chien et loup”, between dog and wolf, since it’s hard to distinguish the two in this shadowy light. In dementia, the blue hour leads to sundowning, a symptom in which … [Read more...]

The CCPA Alumni Company Presents Get Happy and The Pitch. May 14-28 2016.

CCPA Alumni Company Get Happy and The Pitch May 2016

The CCPA Alumni Company Presents Get Happy and The Pitch. May 14-28 2016. (media release) Canadian College of Performing Arts Alumni Launch Two Hot New Productions Hailing from all across Canada, a new musical theatre company will be touring Vancouver Island presenting two new works created and presented by graduates of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA). Overall, CCPA alumni are some of Canada’s most successful singers, … [Read more...]

The Unfortunate Ruth at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

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The Unfortunate Ruth at Uno Fest 2016. A review. Uno Fest audiences will remember Tara Travis from her performance in The Six Wives of Henry the Eight (Uno 2014) a multi-character, rapid-paced and highly comical historical “play of possibility”.  Her facility to switch characters and accents engendered such buzz and audiences that the show was moved from the Intrepid Theatre Club to the much larger Metro Studio, and sold-out. In The … [Read more...]

Harvey, at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Harvey Chemainus

Harvey, at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Harvey by Mary Chase, currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival May 6-28, 2016, is an endearing and enduring classic of the American theatre cannon, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1946, and showing remarkable longevity in its 70 year history (including a 2012 Broadway revival).  This winsome and whimsical tale of a gentleman, Elwood Dowd (Mark DuMez), living outside society’s norms, with … [Read more...]

Inside/Out at Uno Fest 2016. Interview with Patrick Keating.

Inisde Out Uno Fest 2016

Inside/Out at Uno Fest 2016.  Interview with Patrick Keating. Inside/Out is part of Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Patrick Keating. What sparked the creation of this show? I had been thinking of writing the story for over a decade but I was reluctant to because most of the people in the theatre community (Keating is an actor with an impressive list of film, television and stage credits to his name) … [Read more...]

Lavinia at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Jon Lachlan Stewart.

Lavinia Uno Fest 2016

Lavinia at Uno Fest 2016.  Interview with Jon Lachlan Stewart. Lavinia is part of Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Jon Lachlan Stewart. What sparked the creation of this show? The event that sparked the creation of this show was the attack on Jyoti Singh in Delhi, December 2012.  I was shocked, outraged, and began to look into how our society still enables violence against women. How does this … [Read more...]

Rzeka Czasu: River of Time at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Grace Salez.

River of Time Uno Fest 2016

Rzeka Czasu: River of Time at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Grace Salez. Rzeka Czasu us part of Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Grace Salez, the author. What sparked the creation of this show?  The spark was a solo performance workshop that Lina de Guevara was giving at Royal Roads in 2014. I did a short piece about my mother. Lina liked what I presented and asked if I had more material. I … [Read more...]