A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2015. A review.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Nights Dream by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2015. A review.  July 8-August 8, 2015 in Victoria BC. Is there any more enchanting story in all of Shakespeare’s canon than A Midsummer Night’s Dream with its interwoven tales of young lovers, workers, faeries and nobles? Oft interpreted, “Dream”, as it is sometimes called in short hand, is in the public mind of late with the film version of Julie Taymor’s stage production … [Read more...]

The Tempest by Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea July 2-August 2, 2015. A review.

Prospera and Ariel The Tempest July 2015

The Tempest by Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea July 2015. A review. Victoria is a city rich in outdoor sites for summer cultural events, and one of the most spectacular has to be the seaside from Dallas Road. Robert Light, founder of Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea, now in its fourth season, decided to capitalize on the amazing views of sea, mountains and passing ships for the staging of his festival, which joins the ranks of over … [Read more...]

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-25, 2015. Interview with Victor Dolhai.

Victor Dolhai + Amanda Lisman + Private Lives July 2015

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-25, 2015. Interview with Victor Dolhai. Private Lives is a play by the celebrated writer and bon vivant Noel Coward, written in 1930. Coward is best known for his facility with the English language—his scripts are filled with “bon mots”, quips and seemingly impossible situations. The result is quick-paced and intelligent comedy, literally a “laugh a minute”. Private Lives focuses on a … [Read more...]

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre. An interview with playwright Kathryn Taddei (The Bad Touch)

The Bad Touch Satco January 2015

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre. An interview with playwright Kathryn Taddei (The Bad Touch). As part of Intrepid Theatre’s OUTStages Festival, there will be a reading Tuesday July 7th of Kathryn Taddei’s play The Bad Touch. I had a chance to connect with Kat for a Q & A. You first workshopped The Bad Touch at the Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo) at UVic in January 2015. What was the impetus for this work? Is there a … [Read more...]

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre: An interview with playwright Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine)

OUTstages Play Readings 2015

OUTStages Festival at Intrepid Theatre: An interview with playwright Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine). Intrepid Theatre present's Victoria's inaugural queer theatre festival July 5 - 12, 2015 in Victoria BC.  As part of the outreach activities, there will be two play readings at the Intrepid Theatre Club July 7th--The Bad Touch by local playwright Kat Taddei, and My Funny Valentine by Dave Deveau of ZeeZee Theatre (Vancouver). I had the … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 25 years in 2015

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Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years in 2015 with 25 alumni. I can't imagine a more wonderful way to spend an evening outdoors than enjoying live theatre--I've written often about the experience at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival on the grounds at Camosun College's Landsdowne Campus.  Over the past few years the society has improved the staging (constructing the Camus portable stage) and in 2014 moved to a … [Read more...]

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...]

Me, Myself and Eye by Stephanie Morin-Robert. Uno Fest May 2015.

Me Myself and Eye Uno Fest 2015

Me, Myself and Eye by Stephanie Morin Robert. Uno Fest May 2015. Stéphanie Morin-Robert stands centre stage and delivers her secrets and past in conspiratorial fashion—drawing the audience into her seven and eight year old self. Life is about to change, from the comfort and routine of a town where everyone knows her story, to the terror of integrating into a new school and surroundings. On the family front, conflict reigns, between her … [Read more...]