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.

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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...]

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Belfry Theatre. A review.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Belfry Theatre. A review. There’s something to be said for the absence of the traditional curtain in modern theatre for it allows time to admire and appreciate the set design before the action begins, and to wonder all the while about what it divulges of the characters who will soon appear. Cory Sincennes design reveals a very comfortable and elegant abode, absent clutter and filled with family … [Read more...]

Interview with Dave Morris, Artistic Director of Paper Street Theatre Company in Victoria BC.

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Interview with Dave Morris, Artistic Director of Paper Street Theatre Company in Victoria BC.  Coming up—the final show of Paper Street's fourth season—A Fistful of Improv: An Improvised Western. Paper Street creates improvised theatre in the style of….. Some people may wonder how you prepare for an improvised show. Can you describe the process, and the amount of work that goes into crafting a show of this nature? Was there anything specific … [Read more...]

Kelt Eccleston’s Kitchen Party at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. A review.

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Kelt Eccleston's Kitchen Party at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. A review.  March 13-May 2 2015 in Victoria BC. Kelt Eccleston has been a performer for decades, since his teens. It’s evident in the wonderful synergy he creates onstage in Kelt Eccleston’s Kitchen Party at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel (March 13-May 2, 2015) where a group of long-time friends and associates, including his sister Colleen, join him in a warm, relaxed set of old favourites, … [Read more...]