Next to Normal at Langham Court Theatre September 28-October 15, 2016. A review.

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Next to Normal at Langham Court Theatre September 28-October 15, 2016. A review. Next to Normal, the 88th season opener for Langham Court Theatre, is a heady mixture of high-powered music and complex drama. Musical theatre lovers will applaud this timely and vocally challenging work, while fans of traditional theatre will appreciate the sensitive exploration of family dysfunction and mental illness. Next to Normal is a modern behemoth … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria requests proposals for 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize until November 15, 2016

Dance Victoria requests proposals for 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize until November 15, 2016.  (Media release) Dance Victoria is now accepting proposals from western Canadian dance artists to be considered for the 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artists. This award is Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration supporting new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, … [Read more...]

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review.

She Stoops to Conquer. Charles and Kate.

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review. Equal parts comedy of romance, manners, errors and situation, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, with its sharp observations and witty banter, transcends time and place. Originally written in 1773, the version currently onstage at Langham Court Theatre (June 8-25, 2016) has been adapted by director Toshik Bukowiecki to the 1920s—a time of shifting societal … [Read more...]

Flotsam and Jetsam Life on the West Coast by The Other Guys Theatre Company. A review.

Flotsam and Jetsam May 2016

Flotsam and Jetsam: Life on the West Coast by the Other Guys Theatre Company. A review. Reviving a formula honed in their last revue, Good Timber, and with a number of the same collaborators (Colleeen Eccleston, Kelt Eccleston and Mark Hellman), joined by newcomer Rachel Capon (most notably on bass), Ross Desprez and Tobin Stokes of The Other Guys Theatre Company bring to life, in spirited and succinct fashion, what it means to live on … [Read more...]

Laissez-Faire at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Freya Olafson.

Laissez-Faire at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Freya Olafson. Laissez-Faire is being presented May 27 and 28th in a double bill with okay.odd (by Milton Lim) at Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Freya Olafson. What sparked the creation of this show? ‘Laissez-Faire’ was commissioned by and created for Ainsley Hillyard as a solo performance work; it was developed with the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for … [Read more...]

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review.

Victor Dolhai + Amanda Lisman + Private Lives July 2015

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review. July 7-25, 2015 in Victoria BC. Light and airy, with an definite bite—like the warm summer air wafting in when cool fog hangs in Georgia Strait—that hints at darker undertones, Private Lives by Noel Coward (currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-25, 2015), is perfectly paced and impeccably faithful to the spirit and tone of this 1930 creation, considered to be one of the … [Read more...]

Romeo and Juliet by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Romeo and Juliet GVSF July 2015

Romeo and Juliet at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2015. A review. July 8-August 8, 2015 in Victoria BC. There is a haunting quality to director Christopher Weddell’s version of Romeo and Juliet (currently at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival on the grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne campus July 8-August 8, 2015)—a profound sense of young, headstrong, willful individuals embroiled in perilous situations far above their … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMPede July 10-12 2015.

SKAMPede 2015

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMPede July 10-12, 2015. The festival formerly known as Bike Ride has become even more inclusive.  Scheduled in 2015 for one weekend only on a section of the Galloping Goose accessed at Cecelia Ravine Park (below the Burnside-Gorge Community Centre or via the lane close to the BCSPCA on Burnside), the event which, for six past seasons has seen groups of cyclists depart The Hub on a theatrical-viewing adventure, now … [Read more...]

Twist and Shout The British Invasion at Chemainus Theatre Festival June 12-Aug 29, 2015. A review.

Twist and Shout ensemble  2015

Twist and Shout—The British Invasion, presented at the Chemainus Theatre Festival June 12-August 29 was originally conceived by director Alex Mustakas, the founder of powerhouse Drayton Entertainment, in 2005. Ten years later, it’s still going strong and was re-mounted in 2014 at the Huron County Playhouse (Grand Bend, ON) where it all began. If ever a musical revue can be called a blockbuster, it is Twist and Shout. Designed to appeal to a … [Read more...]

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14 2015. A review.

Double Bill Triple Threat CCPA

Double Bill Triple Threat by the CCPA Alumni Troupe May 30-June 14, 2015. A review. I’ve come to expect nothing less than poised and perfectly polished productions from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and the new Alumni Troupe, currently performing in Double Bill-Triple Threat with two new shows, specifically created for them, more than lives up to these high expectations. Created as a means of showcasing the college to new … [Read more...]