A Fall of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. September-December.

A Fall of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. September-December. In the last five year period, the number of shows produced has almost tripled.  This fall sees a record 57 productions, festivals and special events from musicals to improvised theatre,  cabaret to drama, radio plays to solo shows, on stages big and small  in the Capital Region.  Don't let anyone tell you Victoria is a cultural backwater.  Our ticket prices continue to be some of the … [Read more...]

The Children’s Republic by Hannah Moscovitch. Belfry Theatre September 12-October 8 2017. A review.

The Children’s Republic by Hannah Moscovitch. Belfry Theatre September 12-October 8 2017. A review. This version of The Children’s Republic has been a long time coming.  Originally co-commissioned and co-developed (over a two-year period) by Great Canadian Theatre Company and The Ottawa School of Speech & Drama, first produced in 2009, then remounted at the Tarragon Theatre in 2011, it has been workshopped extensively at the Belfry Theatre … [Read more...]

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 suggestions (mostly) from the Victoria Fringe

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2017 suggestions (mostly) from the Victoria Fringe. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say I’m a bit of a Fringe fanatic – over the years since I got back in to fringing, I’ve gone from seeing a handful of shows in 2006 to 40 shows at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. It was also my fourth year of reviewing and I contributed 26 reviews (as well as 27 interviews, two "picks" posts and an article about the … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Eight

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Eight. Reviews of The Man Who Sold the World by David Ortolano, Lovely Lady Lump by Lana Schwarcz and Help! I’m American by DK Reinemer. Since the Edmonton Fringe Festival often overlaps the Victoria Fringe Festival, it is common to have a number of productions arrive after the opening weekend. For my Day Eight of the Victoria Fringe, I saw three performers who have been touring the CAFF … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Seven

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Seven Years of study and discipline have resulted in the works of three remarkable companies/artists—Beau & Aero: Crash Landing by A Little Bit Off (Amica Hunter and David Cantor); Interstellar Elder (Snafu Dance Theatre) performed by Ingrid Hansen and created together with Kathleen Greenfield, Britt Small and Emma Zabloski; and Olive Copperbottom: a New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Six

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Six Day Six was spent in one of my favourite haunts, the Victoria Event Centre, Venue 1, 1415 Broad Street, for Jon Bennett: My Dad's Deaths (A Comedy) and Tragedy + Time Served=Comedy by Mark Hughes Find all my Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 coverage HERE. As the Fringe enters its second week, it becomes more important to buy tickets in advance, or be prepared to come at least an hour early … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Five

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Five Part of the pleasure of fringing is the ability to see so many different styles in a very short period of time.  My day five included the phenomenal character work of Charles Adrian appearing as Ms Samantha Mann in Stories About Love, Death & A Rabbit, followed by Kevin P Gilday’s  nihilistic and dark spoken word/multi-media meta-theatre Gigantic Lying Mouth, and finishing with improvised … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Four

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Four For the fourth day of the Fringe I went to see one of the most provocative artists I know, Tasha Diamant, in Naked Ugly Dancing, and then spent the rest of the day camped out at Venue 1, the Victoria Event Centre for Holly Brinkman’s A Woman’s Guide to Peeing Outside & Other Adventures, Enigmatic Events in Jukebox Drive and Sean Proudlove in The Taxi Driver is Always Listening. I'll have … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Three

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Three I’m one of twenty three Fringe Heroes who collectively since 2015 have sponsored a Fringe venue, Langham Court.  As a group, we attend one show together—this year, O’ Come All Ye Faithful by Nicholas Guerreiro. For the remainder of Day Three, I made my destination the Downtown Community Centre (Venue 2, 755 Pandora Avenue) for Vasily Djokavich by Morgan Cranny, Monica vs the Internet by … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2017 Day Two

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe Day Two The venue of choice for Day Two was the Metro Studio Theatre (Venue 3) where I watched a puppet eco-drama Beaver Dreams from Lost & Found Puppet Co, the Gift by two-spirit, mixed (settler and First Nations) performing artist John Aitken and Gail Noonan and LEER, a steam-punk themed, Hell-based, gender-bent adaptation from Shakespeare by David Elendune of Outpost 31.  (My review of LEER will be … [Read more...]