Quiver at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Anna Chatterton.

Quiver at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Anna Chatterton. What sparked the creation of this show (can you speak to the creation process)? Is this your first one person show? This is my first solo show! This story is inspired by my teenage self and is a fictional account of that time in my life. I am playing a fictional and dramatic version of myself, my older sister, and my mother. I wrote Quiver as my thesis project … [Read more...]

Small Town Hoser Spic at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan.

Small Town Hoser Spic at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale are rice and beans theatre. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this Pedro’s first one person show? Derek: I’ll leave the spark of creation in regards to this specific piece to Pedro, but in general, a lot of our work comes from bouncing ideas back and forth between the two of us. Even outside of … [Read more...]

Vino Buono presents The Fitting Room and Snowfrog May 10-12 2017. Interview with Kat Taddei

Vino Buono presents The Fitting Room and Snowfrog May 10-12 2017. Interview with Kat Taddei Founded in 2016, Vino Buono Productions is one of Victoria's newest theatre companies; artistic director Kat Taddei was kind enough to answer a few question about their first season, and about their upcoming double bill. Can you speak to your inaugural season choices—why did you choose The Fitting Room and Snowfrog? These are two pieces of new … [Read more...]

Jocasta Regina by Nancy Huston at Theatre Inconnu May 2-20, 2017. A review.

Jocasta Regina by Nancy Huston at Theatre Inconnu May 2-20, 2017. A review. Wendy Magahay (Jocasta) and Monty Bjornson (Oedipus) light up the stage with their sexy frolicking in Jocasta Regina, Nancy Huston’s female-centric retelling of the Oedipus myth, currently at Theatre Inconnu until May 20th.  Not in recent memory has there been such a passionate, believable, down-to-earth depiction of a fervent long-term loving marriage. The fact that … [Read more...]

After the Beep at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pamela Bethel.

After the Beep at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pamela Bethel. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this your first one person show? When I finally got up the nerve to listen to these old answering machine tapes, I started thinking that I wanted to do something with them, I wanted to share them.  And when I started talking to anyone who would listen about them I heard so many other people's "answering machine … [Read more...]

The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 25-May 7 2017. A review.

The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 25-May 8, 2017. A review. The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (until May 8, 2017) simmers with underlying menace and violence in an astonishingly contemporary interpretation directed by Jacob Richmond with deep respect for Pinter’s signature dialogue. It’s been over half a century since Pinter penned the script, yet the precarity in The Caretaker is the reality for many living … [Read more...]

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by The Canadian College of Performing Arts April 21-29, 2017. A review.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by The Canadian College of Performing Arts April 21-29, 2017. A review. The kidverse is buzzing this spring with news of the live remake of the 1991 cartoon film Beauty and the Beast—it’s an auspicious moment for the Canadian College of Performing Arts to stage the 1994 musical version (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Asman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton). Originally based on the French eighteenth … [Read more...]

Alice Munro Stories Belfry Theatre April 18-May 14 2017. A review.

Alice Munro Stories Belfry Theatre April 18-May 14 2017. A review. Literature is literature. Theatre is theatre.  When the Belfry decided to adopt the innovative format pioneered by San Francisco’s Word for Word Theatre in tackling Alice Munro’s typically dense narrative-driven stories, there was excitement and questions. What would this form look like? Many a fine literary work has been adapted for the stage—one need look no further than … [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...]

The Pansy Craze by Avery Brennan an Intrepid Theatre YOU Show April 1, 2017. Preview.

The Pansy Craze by Avery Brennan an Intrepid Theatre YOU Show April 1, 2017. Preview. Avery Brennan has been extremely busy since graduating from the Canadian College of Performing Arts Year III program—Company C—in late 2013. As the artistic director intern at the college, he was the music director for Cities and Girls (February 2015), the assistant director for Smoky Joe’s Cabaret (April 2015) and helped début the Alumni Company, writing and … [Read more...]