Matt and Ben presented by Atomic Vaudeville November 10-15, 2015. A review. How is it that a short (slightly over an hour) Fringe play exploring the “bromance” of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, written in 2002 by Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) and Brenda Withers, developed such legs, and is still being produced 13 years later in cities from Chicago to Calgary and now—Victoria? For the answer to this question, fans of the afore … [Read more...]
The Threepenny Opera at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 5-21, 2015. A review. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, directed by Brian Richmond, currently at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre, November 5-21, 2015, is an extravagant spectacle, with minute attention to detail where every design choice is in service to advance the aesthetic of the show. Set by Richmond in the year 2028, after the assassination of King … [Read more...]
The Rocky Horror Show by RKO Productions October 22-31, 2015. A review. RKO (Rebel Knock Out Productions) returns to the Metro Studio Theatre October 22-31, 2015 with their sophomore production of what Victoria theatre audiences can only hope will become an annual tradition—The Rocky Horror Show LIVE! For decades, the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village hosted the movie (now in its 41st year), and legions of fans dutifully decked out in b … [Read more...]
Arkenham Abbey—Theatre for a Dark Night at Craigdarroch Castle October 14-31, 2015. This year Ian Case of Giggling Iguana Productions and “Castle-show” initiator hands over the reins having announced his retirement in 2014 after 15 fright-filled years. Case will be remembered for hits The Fall of the House of Usher, The War of the Worlds, I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Cur … [Read more...]
Chelsea Hotel the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Belfry Theatre, October 20-November 15, 2015. A review.
Chelsea Hotel-the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Belfry Theatre, October 20-November 15, 2015. A review. For generations of fans, both of his poetry and his music, Leonard Cohen has epitomized the archetype of Writer as tortured, tormented soul. In an audacious move, playwright Tracey Power has dared to tamper with the author’s creation, rendering a startling re-interpretation of the master’s oeuvre. Loosely imaging a solitary and dark night … [Read more...]
Ballet BC celebrates 30 years with Triple Bill, Presented by Dance Victoria November 13/14, 2015. Media Release. Dance Victoria is excited to introduce a special admission program to Ballet BC’s Triple bill for their 30th anniversary season. To celebrate this milestone, Dance Victoria is offering free admission to ticket buyers who are 30 years of age. If you are 30, contact the McPherson Box Office for your free ticket. Ballet BC’s Triple … [Read more...]
Grace & Glorie at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 16-November 7, 2015. A review. Believer or non, at some point, life’s big questions come creeping in with the biggest being “why?” when confronted with inevitable difficulties—death, illness, tragedy. Grace & Glorie is a well-written, slow-paced exploration of these questions as city collides with country, education with illiteracy, and youth with age. Grace (Valerie Pearson), … [Read more...]
Loon by the Wonderheads at UVic Phoenix Theatre. Spotlight on Alumni. October 14-24, 2015. A review.
Loon by the Wonderheads at UVic Phoenix Theatre. Spotlight on Alumni. October 14-24, 2015. A review. Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 2003, Kate Braidwood has studied at Dell’Arte International school of physical theatre and founded The Wonderheads with now-husband Andrew Phoenix. By magical transmutation and superb artistic ability, a full size larval mask (see notes at the end) appears to come alive in the character of F … [Read more...]
HERE: A Captive Odyssey by William Head on Stage WHoS October 9-November 7, 2015. A review. HERE: A Captive Odyssey created by William Head on Stage Prison Theatre (WHoS) and The Prison Arts Collective is an ambitious project and striking reminder of the fleeting nature of our brief human lives. Taking as inspiration the very land itself and working from source material from the Royal BC Museum archives , and William Head’s library as well as t … [Read more...]
St Luke's Players announce 2015-2016 season, their 67th. Victoria BC. Long before the introduction of professional theatre companies to Victoria, all theatre was community based. One of the oldest troupes is St Luke's Players. Members of the troupe were kind enough to answer a few questions for me. The website states, “From the earliest days the objective of the Players has been to produce (in words of Harry Lukey) “good, clean plays … [Read more...]