Gut Girls at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre February 9-18, 2017. A review.

Gut Girls at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre February 9-18, 2017. A review. They’re a feisty lot, the gut girls of the eponymously named play by Sarah Daniels, currently at UVic Phoenix Theatre to February 19th. Written to highlight the social, economic and gender inequalities of Victorian-era England (the gut girls—over 500 in number—worked long hours, in brutal conditions, in the slaughter sheds of the Foreign Cattle Market, … [Read more...]

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Review.

Murder on the Agenda presented by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 12, 2017. A review. The bar was set high last year with the inaugural Enigmatic Events live interactive murder mystery dinner theatre—Murder by Midnight—an event I described as being “the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time”.  In a year that saw me partaking of over 100 performances outside the Victoria Fringe, it remains one of my highlights—for many … [Read more...]

Ruddigore by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, January 27-February 4, 2017. A review.

Ruddigore by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, January 27-February 4, 2017. A review. Ruddigore has it all—a sweet young thing abandoned at birth (Rose Maybud--Charlotte Thompson) , her swain—noble and true (Robin Oakwood—Forrest Elliot), an ancient curse, a traitorous foster brother (Richard (Dick) Dauntless—Derry Oshust), a maiden aunt (Dame Hannah-Victoria Stolting), a dastardly baronet (Despard Murgatrody-Devin Arams), a … [Read more...]

Gracie by Joan McLeod at the Belfry Theatre January 20-February 19, 2017. A review.

Gracie by Joan McLeod at the Belfry Theatre January 20-February 19, 2017. A review. On a set dominated by a monolithic mountain (Catherine Hahn), under the deep blue arc of heaven, Lili Beaudoin gives voice to the voiceless as Gracie, in the world premiere of Joan McLeod’s latest work.  By turns humourous and transcendent, the script pulls the audience into the world of a child—and anchors firmly there—laughing along with observations about … [Read more...]

Black History Month 2017 in Victoria BC.

Black History Month 2017 in Victoria BC. Black History Month continues to grow from strength to strength in Victoria BC with organizations like the BC Black History Awareness Society, the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS), and the  African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI)--together with partners Greater Victoria Public Library, Belfry Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, UVic Legacy Gallery, Garth Homer Centre, … [Read more...]

One Man Two Guvnors at Langham Court Theatre January 20-February 4, 2017. A review.

One Man, Two Guvnors at Langham Court Theatre January 18-February 4, 2017. A review. After a particularly charged day in world affairs, opening night of One Man, Two Guvnors at Langham Court Theatre provided much needed relief and silliness—a perfect night for audiences who simply want to go to the theatre to relax and laugh copiously. It takes a steady hand and firm grasp to bring ages-old techniques of improvisation into the modern world … [Read more...]

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Interview with Chris Rudram.

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Interview with Chris Rudram. After last year’s successful Murder by Midnight, the team at Enigmatic Events are back again with Murder on the Agenda. Organizer Chris Rudram was happy to answer a few questions. Why did you take the leap into producing interactive, dinner theatre events?  How do they differ from traditional dinner theatre? My passion is all about … [Read more...]

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon.

Ruddigore, presented by CCPA’s Company C, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2017. Interview with Glynis Leyshon. The sounds of bodhran, bagpipes and violin will join with keyboard, piano and guitar under the musical leadership of Heather Burns for the final production of CCPA’s Company C Studio Ensemble in Ruddigore, directed by the acclaimed, award-winning director Glynis Leyshon. This is Leyshon’s third foray with the students of the Canadian College of … [Read more...]

From Door to Door by Bema Productions January 14-22 2017. A review.

From Door to Door by Bema Productions January 14-22 2017. A review. Deeply human and leavened with ample doses of wry humour, From Door to Door, produced by Bema Productions and currently at Congregation Emanu-El until January 22nd, is a fine example of love and gentle conflict spanning three generations. Written by James Sherman as a tribute to his mother, From Door to Door focuses on the lives of three Jewish women in Chicago, from the 1930s … [Read more...]

A Winter of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. January and February.

A Winter of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC. January and February. In not too distant memory, January and February were quiet months in local theatre. This is no longer the case. Here are listings for TWENTY shows and four fundraisers.  You'll have a chance to see drama, comedy, improv, musicals, new work and more from Victoria's professional, alternative, emerging and student companies.  The variety available in our region is truly … [Read more...]