Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review.

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Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review. If the idea of one more “holiday special” makes you unhinged, if you’re ready to shout “bah humbug” to the world--then the macabre, bizarre, perverse stylings of Theatre Inconnu’s Shockheaded Peter (on until December 17th) are for you.  Prepare to cackle gleefully as disappointed parents dispatch their progeny with wild abandon and young children meet with a series of … [Read more...]

The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langha Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review. Langham Court Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, drives deep into the hearts and motivations of people—their petty jealousies, long-standing feuds, primordial urges and moral rectitude.  Written in 1953 about the Salem witch trials and considered to be an allegory of McCarthyism, this seminal work in the canon of great American … [Read more...]

I Think I’m Fallin’–The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review.

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I Think I’m Fallin’--The Songs of Joni Mitchell at the Belfry Theatre November 8-December 4, 2016. A Review. A dark and sombre mood hangs in the air—it’s November, season of grey skies and rain; south- of-the-border politics infiltrate every discussion, Remembrance Day is around the corner and, Leonard Cohen, troubadour to a nation, has just died. It falls to the artists of I Think I’m Fallin’ to lift the audience out of a collective … [Read more...]

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review.

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Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review. In the seemingly limitless space of the Chief Dan George Theatre, majestic rivers of drapery—lighting playing enticingly upon surfaces (Eryn Griffith)—adorn the back wall, alluding to the sumptuous and excessive manner in which the rich, idle and bored French nobility live. By focusing on a small selection of furniture pieces—a chaise longue, a table, benches and … [Read more...]

Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review.

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Alice’s Gift by Elisabeth Wagner, November 3-12, 2016. A review. Taking 110 years of a person’s life and distilling them into a fascinating solo show complete with musical interludes is a daunting task—one that Elisabeth Wagner has accomplished with quiet flair and brio. Alice Herz-Sommer, who passed away in 2014, was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor—an accomplished concert pianist who survived Theresienstadt concentration camp with … [Read more...]

The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review.

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The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review. It’s a triple hit wonder—for a third year running, The Rocky Horror Show (on until October 29th at the Metro Studio Theatre) teases and tantalizes with delicious debauchery and show-stopping song and dance numbers. Believe it or not, there are still people who have not seen The Rocky Horror Show—either live or film versions.  What would Hallowe’en be … [Read more...]

The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review.

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The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review. The years have not dulled the acuity or relevance of TJ Dawe’s narrative, The Slipknot, presented at the inaugural Phoenix “Spotlight on Alumni” in January 2003, and staged once again as part of the Alumni Festival to celebrate the Phoenix’s 50th anniversary. Dawe graduated from UVic in 1997 and quickly became a contender on the Canadian Fringe … [Read more...]

Hildas Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review.

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Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review. Hilda’s Yard, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until November 5, 2016, is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of family when life becomes difficult. Norm Foster is considered to be one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, popular with theatres—community, school, university and professional—from coast to coast. … [Read more...]

Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM October 13-23, 2016. A review.

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Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM, October 13-23, 2016. A review. Theatre SKAM (founded in 1994) built their reputation with off-the-wall, edgy site-specific theatre, at times even drawing attention from the police when the action became a little too “realistic”.  Having hit the big Two-O, the company is definitely not settling down, as signalled with the latest production—Shop Talk, a troubling mind-and-gender bending look at life in a scene … [Read more...]

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review.

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A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review. Who doesn’t love a good mystery—particularly when it’s written by the undisputed queen—Agatha Christie, whose books have sold more copies than any other author and publication (except the Bible and the Bard). Originally penned in 1950, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon in 1977, A Murder is Announced (the first production in Saint Luke’s Players 68th season) is … [Read more...]