People by Alan Bennett at Langham Court Theatre January 14-31, 2015. A review.

People by Alan Bennett January 2015

People by Alan Bennett at Langham Court Theatre January 13-31, 2015. A review. Alan Bennett is, at 80, a national treasure in Britain, and the opening of any new play a hot ticket at the National Theatre.  Written in 2012, his latest work, People is a scathing indictment of the National Trust (among other sacred cows destined for his acidic pen). The Langham Court Theatre 2014-2015 production chair and play-reading committee are to be … [Read more...]

The Other Guys Theatre presents The Incompleat Folksinger January 8-18, 2015 in Victoria BC. A review.

The Incompleat Folksinger January 2015

The Other Guys Theatre presents The Incompleat Folksinger January 8-18, 2015 in Victoria BC. A Review.  The most recent production by The Other Guys Theatre Company (OGT) The Incompleat Folksinger by Pete Seeger featuring Mark Hellman (January 8-18 2015 at the Metro Studio Theatre) is a mini-history lesson with beautiful tunes, accomplished storytelling and an immense heart. OGT is well-known for their historical musical revues Good Timber … [Read more...]

A Winter of Theatre 2015 in Victoria BC. January and February.

Sin City Season 5 Space 2015

A Winter of Theatre in Victoria BC. January and February. Do you remember in The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy says “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore?” That’s the way I feel about the Victoria theatre scene in January and February.  It was only a few short years ago that my theatre viewing consisted of TWO shows.  Last year there were a possible 25 if my memory serves me correctly (I saw 13), and this year is not going to be very different.  … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top Posts of 2014. I've been writing articles since 2009 (on Wordpress.com and the now-defunct Posterous), but the url janislacouvee.com became active in 2011 (I transferred the older content).  Traffic has grown incrementally since then and the focus has shifted substantially from community events and news of upcoming arts events to a heavy emphasis on reviews--and it shows in the top posts of 2014. Ignorance by the Old Trout Puppet … [Read more...]

2015 the Year of More and Less

Summit Park December 2014

2015 the Year of More and Less. Since 2013, I've named the years.  They've been "The Year of Taking More Risks, Having More Fun and Expanding Cultural Horizons" (2013); "The Year of Celebration, Exploration and Adventure (2014).  2015 is "The Year of More and Less". Here's my beginning list. I don't  make resolutions, but want 2015 to be "more" of certain attitudes and behaviours and "less" of others.  What about you? Do you have … [Read more...]

Books I Read in 2014

Books 2014

Books I read in 2014. I grew up as an avid reader, regularly borrowing books from the-not-yet-regional library in Ucluelet.  As a child my favourites were the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Gang of Five by Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden.  As a young teenager I discovered science fiction legends like Clarke, Heinlein, Bradbury and Herbert, and the fantasy of Tolkein. CanLit surged to the … [Read more...]

Alice the Musical at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 20, 2014. A review.

ALICE the musical Theatre Inconnu December 2014

Alice the Musica at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 20, 2014. A review. Alice by Tom Waits, Paul Schmidt, Kathleen Brennan and Robert Wilson, currently at Theatre Inconnu (November 30-December 14, 2014) is a hallucinating and troubling journey into the relationship between Charles Dodgson (Graham Roebuck) and the young girl (Melissa Blank) who inspired his books—the children’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the … [Read more...]

Sense and Sensibility by Company C at St Ann’s Academy. A review.

Sense and Sensibility poster December 2014

Sense and Sensibility by Company C at St Ann's Academy. A review. With crisp precision and nuanced flourish, under the inspired direction of Glynis Leyshon, CCPA’s Company C brings Jane Austen’s 200 year-old romantic comedy of manners Sense and Sensibility to life in the sumptuous setting of the chapel and grounds of St Ann’s Academy. As readers of my website know, I’m a big fan of site specific theatre; Victoria is fortunate to have … [Read more...]

Alice vs Wonderland. Blue Bridge at the Roxy. Review.

Alice vs Wonderland 4

Alice vs Wonderland. Blue Bridge at the Roxy November 25-December 14, 2014. A review. Whether you are familiar with the 1951 Disney animated version of Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through The Looking Glass adapted by Canadian playwright James Reaney in 1994, and staged again to avid audiences at the Stratford Festival this summer—you’ll be surprised at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s fresh take—which owes much to the aesthetic of music videos … [Read more...]

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014. Media release and preview. This past year, the Learning Department has invited three Victoria artists—Aimee van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin—into the Royal BC Museum for a year-long residency. In addition to taking part in our Wonder Sunday and Night at the Museum events, they went behind the scenes to creatively chronicle the extraordinary objects and … [Read more...]