Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-26, 2015. Interview with Victor Dolhai.

Victor Dolhai + Amanda Lisman + Private Lives July 2015

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-26, 2015. Interview with Victor Dolhai. Private Lives is a play by the celebrated writer and bon vivant Noel Coward, written in 1930. Coward is best known for his facility with the English language—his scripts are filled with “bon mots”, quips and seemingly impossible situations. The result is quick-paced and intelligent comedy, literally a “laugh a minute”. Private Lives focuses on a … [Read more...]

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre. An interview with playwright Kathryn Taddei (The Bad Touch)

The Bad Touch Satco January 2015

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre. An interview with playwright Kathryn Taddei (The Bad Touch). As part of Intrepid Theatre’s OUTStages Festival, there will be a reading Tuesday July 7th of Kathryn Taddei’s play The Bad Touch. I had a chance to connect with Kat for a Q & A. You first workshopped The Bad Touch at the Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo) at UVic in January 2015. What was the impetus for this work? Is there a … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMPede July 10-12 2015.

SKAMPede 2015

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMPede July 10-12, 2015. The festival formerly known as Bike Ride has become even more inclusive.  Scheduled in 2015 for one weekend only on a section of the Galloping Goose accessed at Cecelia Ravine Park (below the Burnside-Gorge Community Centre or via the lane close to the BCSPCA on Burnside), the event which, for six past seasons has seen groups of cyclists depart The Hub on a theatrical-viewing adventure, now … [Read more...]

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre: An interview with playwright Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine)

OUTstages Play Readings 2015

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre: An interview with playwright Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine). Intrepid Theatre present's Victoria's inaugural queer theatre festival July 5 - 12, 2015 in Victoria BC.  As part of the outreach activities, there will be two play readings at the Intrepid Theatre Club July 7th--The Bad Touch by local playwright Kat Taddei, and My Funny Valentine by Dave Deveau of ZeeZee Theatre (Vancouver). I had the … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 25 years in 2015

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years in 2015 with 25 alumni. I can't imagine a more wonderful way to spend an evening outdoors than enjoying live theatre--I've written often about the experience at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival on the grounds at Camosun College's Landsdowne Campus.  Over the past few years the society has improved the staging (constructing the Camus portable stage) and in 2014 moved to a … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015

Hamlet and The Tempest Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea 2015

Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015. Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea embarks on a multi-year exploration of Shakespeare's mind on women,and aims to illuminate the consequences of misogyny with the three year trilogy Shakespeare and Women. “This year we present Hamlet, a young man estranged from his mother. Next year we will do Othello, a middle-aged man suspicious of his … [Read more...]

The Wanted Composers Tour. Victoria Composers Collective tours BC interior June 28-July 9 2015

Wanted poster Victoria May 21 2015

The Wanted Composers Tour.Victoria Composers Collective tours BC Interior June 28-July 9, 2015. I had the opportunity to attend the Victoria kick-off concert and was highly impressed not only by the skill of the musicians, but the variety of musical offerings in the programme.  I am familiar with a number of the composers through their association with A Place to Listen and it was a true joy to see them spread their wings with this … [Read more...]

Twist and Shout The British Invasion at Chemainus Theatre Festival June 12-Aug 29, 2015. A review.

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Twist and Shout—The British Invasion, presented at the Chemainus Theatre Festival June 12-August 29 was originally conceived by director Alex Mustakas, the founder of powerhouse Drayton Entertainment, in 2005. Ten years later, it’s still going strong and was re-mounted in 2014 at the Huron County Playhouse (Grand Bend, ON) where it all began. If ever a musical revue can be called a blockbuster, it is Twist and Shout. Designed to appeal to a … [Read more...]

Humble Boy at Langham Court Theatre June 10-27, 2015. A review.

Humble Boy Langham Court June 2015

Humble Boy at Langham Court Theatre June 10-27, 2015. A review. Not your typical bucolic English country-side romp, this tale of a mother and son relationship gone terribly awry reserves many surprises for the audience. Sharply observed dialogue and situational comedy give way to rousing and revelatory soliloquies and deep philosophical ponderings. Felix Humble (Kyle Kushnir) is a research fellow in astrophysics—more attuned to the music of … [Read more...]

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14 2015. A review.

Double Bill Triple Threat CCPA

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14, 2015. A review. I’ve come to expect nothing less than poised and perfectly polished productions from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and the new Alumni Troupe, currently performing in Double Bill-Triple Threat with two new shows, specifically created for them, more than lives up to these high expectations. Created as a means of showcasing the college to new … [Read more...]