Boeing Boeing at Langham Court Theatre July 23-August 2, 2014. A review.

Boeing Boeing July 2014

Boeing Boeing at Langham Court Theatre July 23-August 2, 2014. A review. Farce—fast, funny and physical—done well, is such a guilty pleasure for theatre-goers, and incredibly difficult for cast and crew. The action must be quick, most often involving an incredible number of exits and entrances with costume changes in between, but not so quick that the thread of the plot is lost.  Characters need to be over-the-top while remaining likable. … [Read more...]

The War of 1812-August 2, 2014. Written by Wes Borg and Paul Mather.

War of 1812 by Wes Borg and Paul Mather

The War of 1812--August 2, 2014. Written by Wes Borg and Paul Mather. Performed one night only in Victoria BC at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street) before heading to the Edmonton Fringe. Perpetual funny man and M award-winning performer Wes Borg (2011 and 2012 for Favourite Comedy Performer, 2014 for Top Improv/Sketch or Variety Performer) , presents a special opportunity to see his hit show The War of 1812. Originally written in … [Read more...]

Ghosts of Rorschach -dance and photo event-July 26 2014

Ghosts of Rorschach

Ghosts of Rorschach dance and photo event July 26 2014 I'm a big fan of collaborative, border-crossing arts events and have come to know the dancers of Broken Rhythms from their performances at the Victoria Fringe Festival.  Now, together with photographers Alina Sotskova and Ian Sparks, and with the assistance of Dance Victoria, they will unveil the Ghosts of Rorschach photography series, and present dance works inspired by this theme, in an … [Read more...]

Judy! The Judy Garland Story at Blue Bridge Theatre July 15-27 2014. A review.

Judy!

Judy! The Judy Garland Story currently playing at Blue Bridge at the Roxy (July 15-27) is an exuberant retrospective covering the beloved star’s career from child vaudevillian to tragedy-laden adulthood. Written in 1980 by pre-eminent Canadian playwright Paul Ledoux, Judy! has been produced a dozen times on stages across Canada since its debut at Stages Theatre in Halifax, and it’s easy to see why with its infectious rhythms and stories that … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review.

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review. And now for something completely different—a romantic comedy—The Taming of the Shrew. Having viewed both shows, it becomes evident how the repertory model is reaping benefits—for the actors as they stretch their creative muscles, and for the festival in the quality of the work produced. Deft of speech and swift of feet These players most assurèd be. The troupe … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review.

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review. I love summer! It offers myriad opportunities to spend time outdoors, enjoying concerts, movies, and performances of dance and theatre. I particularly enjoy spending warm summer nights on the lawns of Camosun College for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (produced by the Victoria Shakespeare Society). There is truly something magical about being gathered together in … [Read more...]

When I’m 64. Playreading July 21-23, 2014 Victoria BC

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When I’m 64. Playreading July 21-23 2013. Victoria BC. JS Hill’s “ode to older women”, When I’m 64 returns to Victoria July 21-23, 2014 for staged readings at Shakespeare By The Sea in CloverPointPark. Featuring the inter-mingled stories of 7 women—all 64—When I’m 64 takes its audience on a journey through discovery, grief, illness, celebration, transition and change.  These vignettes are sure to resonate, regardless of age, stage, … [Read more...]

Geez Louise Comedy Fun-raiser July 17 2014 for Broad Theatrics

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Geez Louise! Comedy Fun-raiser July 17, 2014 for Broad Theatrics. Since arriving in Victoria in 2010, Kirsten Van Ritzen and Ian Ferguson of Broad Theatrics have been very busy individuals.  Their company has created two Victoria Fringe Festival productions (All My Day Jobs, Fringe-provise Me!), initiated the very popular live improvised serial Sin City (entering its 5th season this fall with a brand new setting and cast of characters), … [Read more...]

Five Hole For Food 2014 Victoria BC July 18th

Five Hole For Food Victoria

Five Hole For Food returns to Victoria for the fourth year July 18th 2014 at Save On Foods Saanich Plaze (2-6pm). I first learned about Five Hole For Food through Twitter in 2010 from friends of friends when I started following Dixon Lam, VP media relations. Five Hole For Food (and now—world-wide—Footy for Food) is the brainchild of Richard Loat.  The concept is simple. Register a team to play ball hockey, come to play and bring a food … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014-interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014—interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director. Now in its 24th year, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (GVSF)—founded in 1991 by Clayton Jevne of Theatre Inconnu as a summer festival in downtown Victoria and produced since 2003 by the Victoria Shakespeare Society—presents Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew on the Camas stage at Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus.  Earlier this year … [Read more...]