White Mans Indian at UNO Fest 2018. A review.

White Man’s Indian at UNO Fest 2018. A review. Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest, now in its twenty-first year, runs May 9-19, 2018 in Victoria BC.  It features eighteen shows, including two as part of the new Family Fest Series, and a spotlight on women’s indigenous voices with a guest indigenous curator, Yolanda Bonnell. I’ll be featuring interviews, previews and reviews during the festival. Follow http://janislacouvee.com/tag/uno-fest-2018/ for … [Read more...]

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Makambe Simamba.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Makambe Simamba. Intrepid Theatre’s UNO Fest, now in its twenty-first year, runs May 9-19, 2018 in Victoria BC.  It features eighteen shows, including two as part of the new Family Fest Series, and a spotlight on women’s indigenous voices with a guest indigenous curator, Yolanda Bonnell. I’ll be featuring interviews, previews and reviews during the festival. … [Read more...]

Ideas Bobert at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Candice Roberts.

Ideas Bobert at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Candice Roberts. Did you miss Ideas Bobert at the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival? If so, here's your chance to see the show--it's coming to UNO Fest Sunday May 13th as part of the new Family Fest series, presented in partnership with Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People.  I did see the show in 2016 and even if you don't have kids, I'd encourage you to borrow some, or even attend on your … [Read more...]

Twelf ish Night by Launch Pad Theatre at Craigdarroch Castle. A review.

Twelf ish Night by Launch Pad Theatre at Craigdarroch Castle. A review. Twelf ish Night by Launch Pad Theatre (March 28-April 14 2018) is light and lively, as bubbly and effervescent as the glass of champagne served at the entrance to elegant and stately Craigdarroch Castle. Launch Pad has hit upon an incredible formula for their “Castle shows” which also include a creepy late October production (to coincide with Hallowe’en) and the … [Read more...]

Sense and Sensibility at Langham Court Theatre. A review.

Sense and Sensibility at Langham Court Theatre. A review. Sense and Sensibility at Langham Court Theatre (February 28-March 17, 2018) is a delightful and zany romp through Jane Austen’s Regency world. Filled with the author’s signature wit and sharp observation, Kate Hamill’s script focuses on relationships between the characters, and accentuates the role of gossip in that period’s society.  In our modern world, people take for granted … [Read more...]

Paper Street Theatre 26 hour Improvathon March 2/3 in Victoria BC.

Paper Street Theatre 26 hour Improvathon March 2/3 in Victoria BC. (Media release) VICTORIA - Dozens of local performers will take to the stage for more than a day to raise funds for the 3rd annual Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival.   “We are going to improvise for a full 26 hours without stopping,” said director Dave Morris. “That’s a lot of making stuff up! This is our third year doing the Improvathon and every year it gets bigger and … [Read more...]

Company C presents Cabaret. Interview with director and cast.

Company C presents Cabaret. Interview with director and cast. The largest Company C cohort ever, 16 highly trained triple-threat performers, tackles the inimitable Cabaret for their final show January 26-February 3 at the CCPA Performance Hall. From the original 1966 Broadway production to the many subsequent revivals--1986 (Broadway), 1993 (London), 1998 (Broadway), 2006 and 2012 (London) and 2014 (Broadway)—and the iconic 1972 movie … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge Sings November 30-December 3, 2017 at the Roxy Theatre. Preview.

Blue Bridge Sings November 30-December 3, 2017 at the Roxy Theatre. Preview. Coming up next at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre will be Blue Bridge Sings! - an evening that celebrates Blue Bridge’s first decade of producing classic music theatre for the audiences of Victoria. Featuring songs performed by many of the original lead actor/singers who starred in such audience favourite musicals as The Fantasticks, Hank Williams, Fire, Little Shop of … [Read more...]

Company C presents Wintertime by Charles Mee. Interview with director and cast.

Company C presents Wintertime by Charles Mee. Interview with director and cast. When Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Into the Woods) was invited back to direct the latest Company C—the year III program that sees students forming their own repertory company and taking on roles from production to performance—at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she came upon the work of American playwright Charles Mee and “fell in love with his writing right away. He … [Read more...]

Anne of Green Gables presented by the Victoria Operatic Society. Interview with Tara Britt and Molly Lydon.

Anne of Green Gables presented by the Victoria Operatic Society. Interview with Tara Britt and Molly Lydon. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Victoria Operatic Society is once again staging the quintessential Canadian musical—Anne of Green Gables November 24-December 3, 2017. Director and choreographer Tara Britt has a long connection with VOS; her mentor Sylvia Hosie choreographed the 2001 VOS production of Anne. Britt says … [Read more...]