A Lie of the Mind at Theatre Inconnu May 3-21, 2016. A review.

Beth's Family Lie of the Mind May 2016

Lie of the Mind at Theatre Inconnu May 3-21, 2016. A review. Sam Shepard is arguably one of America’s greatest living playwrights—his scripts veritable treasure troves of “bon mots” and aphorisms, constructed to reveal the discordant and unhappy underbelly of a society disassociated with itself.  His caustic and probing examination of family structures and the ties that bind is in sharp relief in A Lie of the Mind, currently running at Theatre … [Read more...]

The Ginger Goodwin Story by Michael Stephen May 9th 2016. A preview.

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The Ginger Goodwin Story by Michael Stephen May 9th 2016. A preview. Michael Stephen has long been interested in social and labour history.  For years he taught at the Contact Alternative School for marginalized youth in Toronto.  He knew many “Wobblies”—members of the Industrial Workers of the World, an international labour union founded in 1905—which was where he was first introduced to the story of Ginger Goodwin, Vancouver Island’s most f … [Read more...]

Burn This by workingclasstheatre April 26-May 1, 2016. A review.

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Burn This by workingclasstheatre April 26-May 1, 2016. A review. Within the theatrical canon, there are extraordinary plays and seminal roles.  New to Victoria company workingclasstheatre ends their second season with Burn This by Lanford Wilson, featuring the memorable Pale (Jenson Kerr). Wilson was a major figure in the American Off-Off-Broadway movement, a founder of the Circle Repertory Company, writer with La MaMa Experimental Theatre … [Read more...]

Mike Delamont Live at the Royal Theatre. August 5, 2016.

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Mike Delamont Live at the Royal Theatre August 5, 2016. Media release. Delcon Entertainment is proud to present 3 time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Mike Delamont as he films his very first comedy special live from the stage of the 1,400 seat Royal Theatre on August 5, 2016. Over the past few years Mike has toured across North America to sold out houses and great critical acclaim. With appearances on Halifax Comedy Festival, The Debaters, … [Read more...]

Castle in the Sky by Castlereigh Theatre Project April 23-29, 2016. A review.

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Castle in the Sky by Castlereigh Theatre Project April 23-29, 2016. A review. It’s the tenth anniversary year of a horrific triple murder of father, mother and son that rocked the small Alberta city of Medicine Hat—the accused the 12 year-old daughter J.R., and her 23 year-old boyfriend Jeremy Steinke.  In the carefully constructed Castle in the Sky, writers Francesca Albright and Jude Thaddeus Allen, of Castlereigh Theatre Project, bring to li … [Read more...]

Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical, by the Canadian College of Performing Arts April 22-30, 2016. A review.

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Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical, by the Canadian College of Performing Arts April 22-30, 2016. A review. The talented team at the Canadian College of Performing Arts has spared no effort in bringing Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical (based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film) to life.  Filled with special effects (Peter Pokorny, Caitlen Bull), wonderful projections (Jason King), creative set design (R.J. Peters, Caitlenn … [Read more...]

Escape from Happiness at Langham Court Theatre April 21-May 7, 2016. A review.

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Escape from Happiness at Langham Court Theatre April 21-May 7, 2016. A review. After the well-received Better Living in 2013, Langham Court Theatre returns to the zany, dysfunctional world—where nothing is at it seems--of the working class Quinn family with Escape From Happiness by George F Walker, one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights. Reprising roles from the 2013 production, Lorene Cammiade (mother Nora), Wayne Yercha (father Tom) and … [Read more...]

Vasily Djokavich: Russia’s #1 State Approved Comedian. Interview with Morgan Cranny.

Vasily April 2016

Vasily Djokavich: Russia's #1 State Approved Comedian. Interview with Morgan Cranny. Morgan Cranny is one of the hardest working local comedians and actors in Victoria—a member of the legendary local troupe Atomic Vaudeville, an improviser with the hit serial Sin City since its Victoria début, a regular at comedy open mics, warm up comedian on CVV TV, side-kick to Derwin Blanshard’s on the Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme, performing w … [Read more...]

Puttin’ on the Ritz at the Belfry Theatre April 12-May 8, 2016. A review.

Puttin' on the Ritz full cast April May 2016

Puttin’ on the Ritz at the Belfry Theatre April 12-May 8, 2016.  A review. The Belfry Theatre closes the 40th season in high-style with a return to its roots, reprising the very first show Puttin’ on the Ritz.  The current production, directed by Glynis Leyshon (who also directed the 20th anniversary production) is snappy and swanky, elegant and silly, with tunes audiences will be humming for hours afterwards. Conceived by Don Shipley, first … [Read more...]

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival April 12-16, 2016. Celebrating 5 years as a company.

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Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival April 12-16, 2016. Celebrating 5 years as a company. I was first introduced to the improvisation techniques of Dave Morris in 2009 with his hit Victoria Fringe show—Dave Morris is an Asshole (definitely a catchy and fringy title). In 2011 he founded Paper Street Theatre with the express desire to develop a literary-based long-form style, and attracted some of the city’s finest improvisers to his com … [Read more...]