ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016

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ArtSmarts Monday Magazine October 2016. Spooky theatre among October events. This content was first published in the October 2016 print edition of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online. For theatre enthusiast in Victoria, October represents one of the year’s busiest months with chances to experience shows in every genre in a wide variety of venues—including a scene shop and a federal institution. Whether … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria presents their 2016-2017 20th anniversary season. Media release.

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Dance Victoria presents their 2016-2017 20th anniversary season. Media release. Dance Victoria is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a vibrant season showcasing friends, old and new, from its 20 years of programming. New York City-based Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) opens the season on November 18 and 19, 2016 with five contemporary ballet works: Lines Cubed, Among the Stars, Mendelssohn/ Incomplete, The Calling, and Thousand Yard Stare. … [Read more...]

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine August 2016

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ArtSmarts Monday Magazine August 2016.  This content was first published in the August 2016 of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online. Summer Music Festival set to sizzle Summer—a time to relax and kick back, often outdoors, or on an unexpected exploration to another area of the city or region—perhaps enjoying a different performance genre.  Festivals abound, including my personal favourite—the … [Read more...]

Animal Crackers at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2-14, 2016. A review.

Animal Crackers at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2-14, 2016. A review. Blue Bridge Theatre’s Animal Crackers (August 2nd-August 14th 2016 at the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village) is a crazy caper--pure pandemonium in which much hilarity ensues.  Endless quips and groaners flow in syncopated patter. Blink and you’ll miss it! This madcap and wild ride into the imagination of the illustrious masters of comedy—the Marx Brothers—is vividly … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016 my “local” picks

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Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My "local" picks.  Stay tuned.  I'll have them up shortly. … [Read more...]

Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

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Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Drawing upon timeless themes and buoyed by hit music from the 1984 film, Footloose at the Chemainus Theatre Festival (June 10-August 27, 2016) presents a feel-good exploration of family and inter-generational skirmishes. When Ren McCormack (Justin Stadnyk) and his mom Ethel (Sarah Carlé) are forced to leave the big city for small town Bomont, the adjustments to their … [Read more...]

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview.

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Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview. A new festival for Victoria BC. When noted musical improviser Dan Godlovitch contacted me with news of a new festival—I was intrigued.  Over the years I’ve come to know Dan more for his work with Paper Street Theatre Co, but others will recognize him from The Krells, Urban Therapy, Cloud Sounds and CFUV. Media release follows: Pretty Good Not Bad (PGNB) is a brand new festival … [Read more...]

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016.

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Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016 Arts companies all over the region are producing works by Shakespeare—some adapted and re-imagined—to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Where There’s A Will Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Craigdarroch Castle February 18 — 21 and 24 — 27, 8pm 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, and we are having a party! Join the … [Read more...]

Theatre Under the Gun March 13 2016. A preview.

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Intrepid Theatre presents the third annual Theatre Under the Gun (TUG) Sunday March 13th at the Metro Studio (Victoria BC). TUG is deadline-driven, insomnia fuelled creation at its best as six teams made up of Victoria’s ace indie theatre-makers race against the clock to create brand new 10-minute performances in just 48 hours using only their quick wits, raw talent and a mysterious gift-wrapped box of inspiration. The clock starts on Friday … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.

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Dance Victoria presents Dance Days 2016 January 22-31.  (media release) Dance Victoria’s popular city-wide Dance Days event is back for its seventh year featuring free classes in all kinds of styles in studios all over town. This year the free classes include a larger dance fitness component for adult beginner, intermediate and professional levels that’ll move you. You can try your hand (or foot) at salsa, swing, flamenco, yoga, nia, zumba … [Read more...]