Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille Belfry Theatre October 17-November 12 2017. A review.

Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille Belfry Theatre October 17-November 12 2017. A review. As rich and luxurious as the plush red velvet curtains draping the stage, Onegin, book, music and lyrics  by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, based on Pushkin’s revered novel-in-verse and Tchaikovsky’s opera, is a marvel of complexity—replete with glorious costumes (Jacqueline Firkins and Alaia Hamer), inspired gypsy-jazz-Eastern European choreography … [Read more...]

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Little Bowes Street Collective October 21-29, 2017. A preview.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Little Bowes Street Collective October 21-29, 2017. A preview. One of Victoria’s newest theatre companies, Little Bowes’ Street Collective brings A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline to the Teechamitsa Theatre at Royal Bay Secondary October 20/21 and to the CCPA Performance Hall October 27/28/29.  I spoke with co-founders Melissa Young (director of the show) and Alison MacDonald (who performs the role of Patsy … [Read more...]

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2017. A review.

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2017. A review. Ah, summertime—the season of film blockbusters, beach books and romantic musicals. Veteran director (and UVic Phoenix alumnus) Darcy Evans in his Blue Bridge début, mines the extensive repertoire of legendary composer and lyricist Cole Porter in this light, frothy--and original—confection. Evans re-imagines the venue as the Roxy Lounge (Brian Ball’s set includes … [Read more...]

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Darcy Evans.

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Darcy Evans. Director Darcy Evans created a Cole Porter work-out playlist to immerse himself in the acclaimed composer and lyricist’s music as he arranged the tunes for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s upcoming Red, Hot Cole! (August 2-13, 2017). Evans, who graduated from the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre, and began his theatre career in Spirit of a Nation, … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017 One of my favourite summer-time experiences is Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede.  I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I zip from show to show. Now in its ninth year this summer festival (formerly known as Bike Ride) introduces audiences to a mobile feast of short works along the Galloping Goose Trail.  Originally meant for audiences who meandered by bike from venue to venue along a series of … [Read more...]

Blackstones and Bathtubs at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo July 2-8 2017. A preview.

Blackstones and Bathtubs at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo July 2-8 2017. A preview. Nanaimo's culture and heritage are the focus of a new musical as local producer Katy Bowen-Roberts (known on lower Vancouver Island for the annual Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular—originally in Yellow Point and due to its popularity, now staged in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Victoria) presents Blackstones and Bathtubs in Nanaimo at the Port Theatre July … [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...]

The Canadian Collage of Performing Arts 20th anniversary season 2017-2018

The Canadian Collage of Performing Arts 20th anniversary season 2017-2018 The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is looking to celebrate its 20th birthday with thousands of its best friends. CCPA’s year-end production, in April 2018 at the McPherson Playhouse will be a celebration of some of CCPA’s best musical theatre performances from the past 20 years and will feature suites by the creative team of Jacques Lemay and Janis … [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...]

A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC.

A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC. I don’t miss much when it comes to local theatre, but regrettably and unavoidably, I did miss theatre historian Dr. Jennifer Wise’s last production, the historical play Girl Rabbi of the Golden West, staged for the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El in 2013.  When a note was posted to a local Facebook group informing students in the UVic Theatre … [Read more...]