Country Song at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages Festival 2017. An interview.

Country Song at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages Festival 2017. An interview. I had a chance to catch up with actor Lee-Anne Poole about her show Country Song, coming to Intrepid Theatre’s OUTstages Festival June 22nd and 24th. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this your first one person show? I wanted to try something new. And I had some bit and pieces written. Stories about my father. He loves Country Music. I spent a few … [Read more...]

MSM men seeking men at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview.

MSM men seeking men at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview. Appearing for one night only, Friday June 23, 2017, MSM men seeking men is a dance theatre piece about queer online dating culture. Creator Indrid Kasapi was kind enough to answer a few questions about MSM's genesis and esthetic and his current projects. Photo: Alejandro Santiago What sparked the creation of this show? In 2012 I was cleaning my old computer … [Read more...]

Love with Leila at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview.

Love with Leila at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview. I've known Izad Etemadi since his days as a student at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and followed his career avidly since, including watching the beginning of Leila as a character.  I had a chance to chat with Izad via email about his upcoming show, Love with Leila, coming soon to Intrepid Theatre's OUTstages Theatre Festival. What sparked the creation of this … [Read more...]

Rock Legends at Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Rock Legends at Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Alex Mustakas brings 25 years of experience helming Drayton Entertainment to the Chemainus Theatre Festival with this summer’s blockbuster musical extravaganza Rock Legends (a sequel to his equally popular Twist and Shout seen in the 2015 season). Over an exhilarating two hours and a half hours, the audience is treated to a window in time, framed by an interesting device—it’s 1975 and TV … [Read more...]

Proof at Langham Court Theatre June 7-24, 2017. A review.

Proof at Langham Court Theatre June 7-24, 2017. A review. Probing family relationships and the psychology of brilliance, Proof (currently at Langham Court Theatre until June 24th) is spell-binding in the interplay between four characters—Catherine (Melissa Taylor) the daughter who stayed behind to become caregiver to her mathematician father Robert (Jon Scheer) as his faculties declined, Claire (Melissa Blank) who jets in from her high-powered … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC

A Summer of Theatre 2017 June-August in Victoria BC Ah, summer, and the chance to slow down and partake of outdoor festivals, classical theatre, innovative new works and fundraisers.  This information is accurate to June 1st and will be updated as needed. Waiting for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performance to begin. A quintessential Victoria experience. June Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, directed by Janet Munsil Blue … [Read more...]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Atomic Vaudeville June 7-18, 2017. A review.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Atomic Vaudeville June 7-18, 2017.  A review. Exploding onto the stage in riotous glory, then proceeding to regale the audience in low confessional tones, before rocking hard, Griffin Lea, in complete control of the room from the opening number, teases and tantalizes as Hedwig in Atomic Vaudeville’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, currently playing at the Metro Studio Theatre until June 18th. What’s … [Read more...]

Avenue Q by the CCPA Alumni Company May 31-June 17 2017. A review.

Avenue Q by the CCPA Alumni Company May 31-June 17 2017. A review. Avenue Q has been described as “Sesame Street for adults”. It’s easy to see why the show is attracting new audiences to the Performance Hall at the Canadian College of Performing Arts—loveable puppets (with the exception of the Gary Coleman puppet which was built locally by Pamela Stringer, the others are rented), catchy and audacious lyrics, upbeat choreography (Sarah Murphy), … [Read more...]

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review. What felicitous and preternatural ability did Brian Richmond, Artistic Director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, possess to program the never-more-topical Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin for the second production of the 2017 season? Harry Brock (Jacob Richmond) is a wealthy junk dealer, come to Washington in the hopes of making the deal of his career by bribing a … [Read more...]

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review.

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review. An audience is often complicit in how a story is told—particularly for solo artists (on the Fringe circuit and elsewhere).  Popular narratives sell tickets, thus engendering more popular narratives, ad infinitum.  Love conquers all, coming of age, overcoming a challenge—these are some of the more common tropes.  Equally popular is “person with a disability triumphs”. During the Diversity Panel … [Read more...]