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...]

4 1/2 (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechnie at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. A review.

4 1/2 (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechnie at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. A review. Raw, chaotic, poetic—4 ½ (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechie at the 20th annual UNO Fest gets under your skin and worms its way into your psyche with a never ending onslaught of words, thoughts and actions. The set design is meticulous—tall white pillars constructed of Coroplast, edged in blue, and a low table, each topped with a range of objects—a … [Read more...]

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...]