Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces Cast and Creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears

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Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces cast and creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears (media release).   From Elizabethan England to our own times, the story of Othello has fascinated generations of playwrights over several centuries and in several countries. The newest playwright to adapt this classic story of racial and gender tension will be Puente Theatre's Artistic Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét in a musical she is titling … [Read more...]

Pacific Opera Victoria announces 2014-2015 season

Pacific Opera Victoria announces 2014-2015 season. Victoria’s 2014-2015 opera season is big and bold.  A golden treasure unleashes the destruction of the gods; a Scottish heiress pays with murder and madness for loving the wrong man; and the stage’s greatest heroine, Madama Butterfly, makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her honour and her son. Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) presents main stage productions of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces 2014-2015 season

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces 2014-15 season of “Gold Standard Classics” Brian Richmond, Artistic Director of Victoria, BC's Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announced the six year old theatre's 2014-15 five play season today. “For our seventh season, we will be returning to the approach that established our artistic reputation over the first six years of our existence” he stated. “All five of the plays or stories that we will be … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers at Intrepid Theatre April 11/12. Interview with co-creator Marcus Youssef.

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Winners and Losers at Intrepid Theatre April 11/12 2014. Interview with co-creator Marcus Youssef. When the Globe and Mail theatre critic, Kelly Nestruck, names a show among his year’s top ten, and describes it as “jaw-dropping”, I pay attention. Fellow Globe arts writer Paula Citron calls it a “tour-de-force” and references a “sucker punch”. Thanks to Intrepid Theatre’s new Deep End Presentation Series, Victoria audiences have the … [Read more...]

When It Rains at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2014. A review.

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When It Rains by 2b Theatre Company at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival, March 25-29, 2014. A review. Halifax’s 2b Theatre Company is definitely on a roll.  Currently they are touring When it Rains (now playing in Victoria BC at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival, March 25-29,2014) and have just received nods for The God That Comes (featuring Hawksley Workman and seen locally at Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest 2012) at Nova Scotia’s Merritt … [Read more...]

Little Iliad at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival March 25-30, 2014. A review.

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Little Iliad at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival March 25-30, 2014. A review. Little Iliad by Evan Webber & Frank Cox-O’Connell (EW&FCO, Toronto) currently at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival March 25-30, 2014 is an exquisite miniature that re-affirms the impact of story-telling. Since man developed language, we have been gathered together to relate our experiences, aided by shamans, wise men and women, and poets.  From the … [Read more...]

The Flick by Itsazoo Productions at Blue Bridge’s Roxy Theatre March 18-30, 2014. A review.

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The Flick by Itsazoo Productions at Blue Bridge's Roxy Theatre March 18-30, 2014. A review. The Flick by Vancouver’s Itsazoo Productions—currently at Blue Bridge’s Roxy Theatre until March 30, 2014—is a powerful illustration of a generation stuck between adolescence and adulthood. Sam (Chris Cochrane), Avery (Jesse Reid) and Rose (Kate Richard) work at a single screen movie house that is on the skids.  Their lives are filled with the tedium … [Read more...]

The Derwin Blanshard Show, Season 2 Episode 7, March 23, 2014

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The Derwin Blanshard Show, Season 2 Episode 7, March 23, 2014. Wes Borg, perpetual funny-man and one of Victoria's most well-rounded and hardest working performers, stars as his alter-ego Derwin Blanshard.  Now in its second season, the Derwin Blanshard Show aka Derwin Blanshard's Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme, is a post-modern take on the variety show—a meta-theatrical tour-de-force with an audience playing itself on a "live" TV … [Read more...]

IMPROV: A Science Fiction Thriller. April 9-12, 2014. A preview.

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IMPROV: A Science Fiction Thriller. Presented by Paper Street Theatre in Victoria BC, April 9-12, 2014. A preview. I've been a fan of Paper Street Theatre Co. since the founding of the company in 2011. Originally dedicated to improvising based on the style of well-known playwrights like Tennessee Williams and Samuel Beckett, the company branched out to genres in 2012 with An Improvised Film Noir, hit their stride with A Carol for Christmas in … [Read more...]

Firewall by Target Theatre at Belfry Festival SPARK Festival 2014. A review.

Firewall Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2014

Firewall by Target Theatre at Belfry Festival SPARK Festival 2014. A review. My father, who would have been 93 this year, had an email address before I did.  I was on Twitter before either of my two sons (in their twenties) and I’ll be 60 this year.  My point, and more importantly, the point of Target Theatre’s Firewall, currently at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival (until March 23rd)—technology knows no age-barrier. People’s desire to … [Read more...]