Atomic Vaudeville Presents: Action Revue Feel the Fight. Interview with Britt Small.

Action Revue Feb 2016 poster

Atomic Vaudeville Presents: Action Revue Feel the Fight. Interview with Britt Small. I missed the Action Revue workshop in 2015 so when the media release for Action Revue: Feel the Fight landed in my email in-box, I knew that I would be making time to attend this year's version.  Atomic Vaudeville co-founder, and member of the Action Revue creative team, Britt Small agreed to answer a few questions about the show and the process. The … [Read more...]

The Valley by Joan MacLeod at the Belfry Theatre February 5-28, 2016. A review.

The Valley Belfry Feb 2016

The Valley by Joan MacLeod at the Belfry Theatre February 5- 28, 2016. A review. The Valley by Joan MacLeod (currently at the Belfry Theatre February 5-28, 2016) is tight, taut, topical theatre, unrestrained in its deep and compassionate examination of a very contemporary and universal issue. In the years since Rober Dziekanski’s death prompted Joan MacLeod to begin writing The Valley, devastating encounters between police officers and c … [Read more...]

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review.

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review. Murder by Midnight, a live interactive murder mystery dinner theatre (at the Ambrosia Centre) hosted by Enigmatic Events (February 5/6 and 12/13, 2016) is part live game of Clue, part closed room dinner theatre mystery à la Agatha Christie and part puzzle enthusiasts meet-up, and the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time. What an absolute … [Read more...]

Double Diamond at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, January 22-February 20, 2016. A review.

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Double Diamond at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, January 22-February 20, 2016. A review. Bill Zaalberg (Double Diamond) is close in age to Neil Diamond, and like Diamond, has been performing since he was young, having formed Victoria’s first rock band in 1961 before making music his full-time profession in 1975 when he resigned from the telephone company. Although an admitted “shy person” (as is Diamond himself) he is an experienced and smooth perfo … [Read more...]

Murder by Midnight Interactive Dinner Theatre. Interview with creator Vanessa Baylen.

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Murder by Midnight Interactive Dinner Theatre. Interview with creator Vanessa Baylen. There's a new dinner theatre in town--one that promises to be quite different from previous incarnations in the genre. I first learned of Chris Rudram of Enigmatic Events from his food blog, Victoria, In Person.  Chris, a recent transplant from England, had the most engaging way of chronicling his experiences, and he is prolific.  It so happens he also has … [Read more...]

Stepping Out at Langham Court Theatre January 13-30 2016. A review.

Stepping Out January 2016

Stepping Out at Langham Court Theatre January 13-30 2016. A review. Diligent hard work, dedication, commitment and persistence pay off significantly for the talented cast and crew of Stepping Out (currently at Langham Court Theatre until January 30, 2016). Working together since June of last year (the longest rehearsal period ever in the theatre’s storied 87 years) they’ve crafted a show that is entertaining, and sure to please with its “ca … [Read more...]

A Very Commedia Christmas December 10-12, 2015. Interview with Kevin Koch of Lightning Theatre.

A Very Commedia Christmas by Lightning Theatre December 2015

A Very Commedia Christmas December 10-12, 2015. Interview with Kevin Koch of Lightning Theatre. Emerging theatre company Lightning Theatre promises a show that will be “Part Christmas Carol, part Marx Brothers, part Citizen Kane”.  Find out more as I interview Kevin Koch, founder and one of the writers of the show. Lightning Theatre has traditionally performed improvised work. Why the decision to go to a scripted play? We’d wanted to tr … [Read more...]

A Christmas Carol at the Belfry Theatre December 1-20, 2015. A review.

Scrooge A Christmas Carol 2015

A Christmas Carol at the Belfry Theatre, December 1-20, 2015. A review. Michael Shamata’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, currently at the Belfry Theatre December 1-20, 2015, represents theatrical craft of the highest level. Under Shamata’s careful and insightful guidance, the large multi-generational cast brings the beloved story to life with thoughtfulness, care and great joy. A Christmas Carol is definitely Shamata’s “ … [Read more...]

Spit Delaney’s Island at Theatre Inconnu December 3-19, 2015. A review.

Spit Delaney's Island December 2015

Spit Delaney's Island at Theatre Inconnu December 3-19, 2015. A review. As an islander, born and bred, no one speaks to me like author Jack Hodgins. When I’m reading his short stories and novels, the smell of the sea and pictures of impenetrable forest fairly leap from the page—his vivid characters reminiscent of some of the eccentrics I remember growing up as a logger’s daughter on the West Coast. Thus, imagine my excitement last December when T … [Read more...]

Grid A One-Man Grindr Play December 8 & 9, 2015. Interview with Jenson Kerr.

GRID A One Man Grindr Play December 2015

GRID A One-Man Grindr Play December 8 & 9, 2015. Interview with Jenson Kerr. When Jenson Kerr emailed his media release, I was intrigued to read GRID described as "Filled with sex, dark secrets and socially awkward situations.” Kerr won the University of Victoria Theatre department's Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo) "best of season" award for GRID, a play that tells the story of 3 guys on Grindr - the jock, the bear, and the n … [Read more...]