Love with Leila at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview.

Love with Leila at Intrepid Theatre OUTstages 2017. An interview. I've known Izad Etemadi since his days as a student at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and followed his career avidly since, including watching the beginning of Leila as a character.  I had a chance to chat with Izad via email about his upcoming show, Love with Leila, coming soon to Intrepid Theatre's OUTstages Theatre Festival. What sparked the creation of this … [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...]

Proof at Langham Court Theatre June 7-24, 2017. A review.

Proof at Langham Court Theatre June 7-24, 2017. A review. Probing family relationships and the psychology of brilliance, Proof (currently at Langham Court Theatre until June 24th) is spell-binding in the interplay between four characters—Catherine (Melissa Taylor) the daughter who stayed behind to become caregiver to her mathematician father Robert (Jon Scheer) as his faculties declined, Claire (Melissa Blank) who jets in from her high-powered … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC

A Summer of Theatre 2017 June-August in Victoria BC Ah, summer, and the chance to slow down and partake of outdoor festivals, classical theatre, innovative new works and fundraisers.  This information is accurate to June 1st and will be updated as needed. Waiting for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performance to begin. A quintessential Victoria experience. June Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, directed by Janet Munsil Blue … [Read more...]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Atomic Vaudeville June 7-18, 2017. A review.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Atomic Vaudeville June 7-18, 2017.  A review. Exploding onto the stage in riotous glory, then proceeding to regale the audience in low confessional tones, before rocking hard, Griffin Lea, in complete control of the room from the opening number, teases and tantalizes as Hedwig in Atomic Vaudeville’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, currently playing at the Metro Studio Theatre until June 18th. What’s … [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...]

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review. What felicitous and preternatural ability did Brian Richmond, Artistic Director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, possess to program the never-more-topical Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin for the second production of the 2017 season? Harry Brock (Jacob Richmond) is a wealthy junk dealer, come to Washington in the hopes of making the deal of his career by bribing a … [Read more...]

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review.

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review. An audience is often complicit in how a story is told—particularly for solo artists (on the Fringe circuit and elsewhere).  Popular narratives sell tickets, thus engendering more popular narratives, ad infinitum.  Love conquers all, coming of age, overcoming a challenge—these are some of the more common tropes.  Equally popular is “person with a disability triumphs”. During the Diversity Panel … [Read more...]

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle. Since 2014, costume designer Graham McMonagle has worked in close association with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, on Lagrimas Crueles (Cruel Tears) and Gaslight in 2014, Private Lives in 2015 and The Importance of Being Earnest in 2016.  During this period, he also obtained his MFA from the University of Victoria where his designs were featured … [Read more...]

I’m Doing This For You by Haley McGee. Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Review.

I’m Doing This For You by Haley McGee. Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Review. Underneath the winsome veneer and placating manner, Haley McGee’s character in the darkly disturbing (and oh-so-funny) I’m Doing This For You is brilliantly fragile, seesawing between conspiratorially recruiting the audience into her party plans, and despair as events swiftly go off the rails. From the outset, she’s the perfect hostess, seeking help with blowing … [Read more...]