About @lacouvee

Community Builder. Catalyst. Speaker. Writer. Arts Advocate.

Passionate about bridging online and offline communities to effect positive change.

I truly believe that one person can make a difference and that we all have our own lives to live, creatively, while respecting the unique nature of others.

Frankenstein by David Elendune at Theatre Inconnu September 26-October 13, 2018. A review.

Since I began regularly attending shows in 2005, Theatre Inconnu has consistently presented theatre that challenges me—in both the script and the execution. Frankenstein by David Elendune, directed by Ian Case (who also created the spooky light and sound (with Jason King) design as well as the period appropriate costumes), is set in the round (design Hannah Case) with most of the audience at eye level with the action, making this already … [Read more...]

Mamahood Bursting Into Light. UVic Phoenix Theatre Spotlight on Alumni. Interview.

Nicolle Nattrass, who graduated from the University of Victoria Theatre Department in 1991, brings her solo show Mamahood Bursting into Light to the UVic Phoenix Theatre October 9-20 as the “Spotlight on Alumni”.  She answered questions about the creation and refining process of creating this show, and its reception. What sparked the creation of this show (can you speak to the creation process)? Is this your first one person show? In … [Read more...]

A Fall of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. September-December

It's fall, glorious fall—the busiest time in the arts calendar, and local theatre companies, large and small, established and emerging, professional, indy, community and student, present a wide variety of opportunities for every pocket book. Don't let anyone tell you Victoria is a cultural backwater—there are almost fifty productions this season.  Our ticket prices continue to be some of the lowest in the nation with many opportunities to … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Six. Reviews of How I Learned to Hug by Jon Bennett and Rocko and Nakota Tales from the Land by Josh Languedoc (will be posted Thursday). Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Five.

Reviews of Death, a Romantic Comedy by Rob Gee and Confessions of an Operatic Mute by Briane Nasimok. Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para Dos), and Day Four (The Birdmann and Egg FINALE, Cornelius and Titania BLOOD … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Four.

Reviews of The Birdmann and Egg FINALE, Cornelius and Titania by Pamela Bethel and BLOOD RELATIVE by Ren Lunicke. Day Four had me happily camped out at a relatively new Victoria Fringe venue—Venue 7, St Andrew’s Kirk Hall, entrance at 680 Courtney Street (NOTE: it’s listed incorrectly as 860 Courtney in the schedule found on page 22 of the Fringe guide)—meeting many old Fringe friend in the line-up (one of my favourite aspects of the festival) … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Three.

Reviews of Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty by David Elendune, produced by Outpost 31 Victoria, The Measure of Love by Nicholas Billon, The Boy in the Chrysalis produced by hapax theatre and Para Dos by Pointe Tango. Day Three was dedicated to all three shows at Langham Court Theatre before heading downtown to the Metro Theatre.  (side note: thanks to Langham for this year’s concession, which was doing brisk business in treats—you can … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Two.

Reviews of Water People by Ellen Arrand, produced by Theatre Inconnu, Fado by Elaine Avila, produced by Puente Theatre and Carey, OK! Timeless Timely Tunes by Carey Wass. Everyone Fringe fanatic has a plan and a strategy—sometimes I borrow my friend Arlene’s and go to one venue to stay there to see as many shows as possible, at other times I want to plan forays to the off-site venues.  Friday night was a blend of both—catching an early show at … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day One.

Reviews of Kalamazoo by Bema Productions, The Session by things falling apart theatre company, Reminiscences of Reconciliation by Logan Keewatin Richards and Fool’s Paradise by Anna MacAlpine (Blue Elephant Theatre). Lindsay Delaronde, the Indigenous Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria, opened the 32nd Victoria Fringe Festival with a performance and enjoined those present at the preview in Centennial Square to “hold space” for the … [Read more...]

Recovery Show at the Victoria Fringe 2018. A preview.

RECOVERY SHOW: A powerful story of personal and political recovery comes to Victoria Fringe (media release) Racks of dead bodies in the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre. Government conspiracies to sell brain-space real estate. Comings to terms with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Recovery Show is a riveting solo performance based on Clara Madrenas’ own experiences of psychosis during a field study of the Rwandan genocide and the … [Read more...]