Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015

Hamlet and The Tempest Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea 2015

Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015. Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea embarks on a multi-year exploration of Shakespeare's mind on women,and aims to illuminate the consequences of misogyny with the three year trilogy Shakespeare and Women. “This year we present Hamlet, a young man estranged from his mother. Next year we will do Othello, a middle-aged man suspicious of his … [Read more...]

Humble Boy at Langham Court Theatre June 10-27, 2015. A review.

Humble Boy Langham Court June 2015

Humble Boy at Langham Court Theatre June 10-27, 2015. A review. Not your typical bucolic English country-side romp, this tale of a mother and son relationship gone terribly awry reserves many surprises for the audience. Sharply observed dialogue and situational comedy give way to rousing and revelatory soliloquies and deep philosophical ponderings. Felix Humble (Kyle Kushnir) is a research fellow in astrophysics—more attuned to the music of … [Read more...]

Shrek the Musical by Four Seasons Musical Theatre May 22-31, 2015. A review.

Shrek the Musical May 2015

Shrek the Musical by Four Season Musical Theatre May 22-31, 2015. A review. The appreciative buzz in the jam-packed lobby of the Isabelle Reader Theatre (Spencer Middle School in Langford) as fans jostle for a chance to speak to their favourite performers after the opening of Shrek The Musical, says it all—Four Seasons Musical Theatre have another hit on their hands. Featuring a cast of 36 ranging in age from 6 to sixty, production team of … [Read more...]

Half Girl/Half Face. Uno Fest May 2015.

Half Girl Half Face Uno Fest 2015

Half Girl/Half Face at Uno Fest May 2015. In our increasingly digital and online world, it’s everyone’s worst nightmare. An innocuous comment taken out of context and amplified with disastrous consequences; the tweet sent out in a moment of frustration—backfiring and becoming conflated in a barrage of hateful replies; the private photo seized upon by a cyber-stalker or bully. Being a teen is never easy, particularly it seems for girls, … [Read more...]

Slick by Karen Lee Pickett. Uno Fest May 2015.

Karen Lee Pickett

Slick by Karen Lee Pickett. Uno Fest May 2015. Quip after acerbic quip flows from the mouth of trash-talking oil-company PR hack Marlene in the premiere of Karen Lee Pickett’s solo show Slick, presented as part of Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest. Marlene’s been in the trenches of the PR battle against environmentalists and the general public since the Exxon Valdez ran aground on the shores of Prince William Sound. Cool and collected, she’s … [Read more...]

The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe by Sharon Mahoney. Uno Fest May 2015.

The Lion the Bitch and the Wardrobe Uno Fest 2015

The Lion, the Bitch and the Wardrobe by Sharon Mahoney. Uno Fest May 2015.  This is a review of a previous production I saw at the Victoria Fringe Festival in August 2014. Sharon Mahoney knows audiences, having played to hundreds of thousands world-wide (from London to Melbourne and across North America) as the “Canadian” busker, even appearing at the famed Glastonbury Festival. You would think, after having tamed rowdy crowds bent on … [Read more...]

Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi. Uno Fest May 2015.

Suitcase Stories Uno Fest 2015

Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi. Uno Fest May 2015. Maki Yi begins her performance of Suitcase Stories with a quote, in French from Québecois writer Dany Laferrière who fled Haiti in his youth, and now returns. " Arrivé au nord, il m'a fallu me défaire de toute la lourde réalité du sud qui me sortait par les pores. J'ai mis trente-trois ans pour m'adapter à ce pays d'hiver où tout est si différent de ce que j'avais connu auparavant. De retour … [Read more...]

Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17 2015. A review.

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Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17, 2015. A review. Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (May 5-17, 2015) is quite simply astonishing--an exemplary, boundless and prodigious theatrical production that displays finesse and intricacy in all levels of design, acting and stagecraft. In a short three week rehearsal period, working with the confines of the small stage at the Roxy Theatre, the ensemble brings this much-studied … [Read more...]

Hedda Gabler by Working Class Theatre at Craigdarroch Castle. A review.

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Hedda Gabler by Working Class Theatre at Craigdarroch Castle April 28 – May 6, 2015. A review. There can be no more perfect setting for the great classic by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen than the dance hall and sitting room on the fourth floor of Craigdarroch Castle. Surrounded by luxurious woodwork, ornate staircases and deep bay windows, in a building of the same period as the play, one cannot help but be pulled back in time to a society … [Read more...]

August Osage County at Langham Court Theatre. April 22-May 9 2015. A review.

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August: Osage County at Langham Court Theatre April 22-May 9 2015. A review. Important note: August: Osage County begins at 7:30pm and late-comers will not be seated until the end of Act I. It runs three hours with two intermissions. Woohee! August: Osage County, currently at Langham Court Theatre (April 22-May 9, 2015) is like throwing gasoline on a smouldering campfire & running like hell. . Playwright Tracy Letts stands in the … [Read more...]