A Midsummer Night’s Dream at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review. Boisterous, rambunctious and full of heart, the current UVic Phoenix Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (November 2 -22, 2014) is a treat.  Director Fran Gebhardt has set the play in 1970s New York City, imagining factions of hippies, punks and preppies, complete with an extensive collection of music of the time (Kieran MacNaughton sound design) The Duke—Theseus … [Read more...]

Laughing Allowed! —The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism. November 8th, 2014.

Laughing Allowed! —The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism. November 18th, 2014. My readers may remember local theatre director Will Weigler for his community-based work that resulted in From The Heart: Enter the Journey of Reconciliation.  He's at it again--this time with a more comedic bent.   It’s great when neighbours unite and work hard to make their community better, but sometimes there are bumps on the road to getting … [Read more...]

Spring Awakening by Company C, October 21-November 2, 2014. A review.

Spring Awakening by Company C, October 21-November 2, 2014. Presented at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria BC. Edgy and frank, with catchy and raw tunes that remain days later, Spring Awakening (the current Company C/Canadian College of Performing Arts production at the Belfry Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014) takes us back in an instant to the chaotic days of our adolescence. Based on Frank Wedekind’s scandalous (and later banned) 1890 … [Read more...]

Spring Awakening by Company C, October 21-November 2, 2014. Preview.

 Spring Awakening by Company C October 21-November 2, 2014.  Presented in association with the Belfry Theatre Victoria BC. 14 highly talented Year III performers from Oak Bay’s Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) are working tirelessly to produce the region’s first-ever staging of Spring Awakening. Claiming an astonishing eight Tony’s in 2007, Spring Awakening is a ground-breaking musical by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik that … [Read more...]

Gaslight at Blue Bridge Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014. A review.

Gaslight, currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s Roxy (in Quadra Village), October 21-November 2, 2014 is an intense game of cat-and-mouse that will have you perched on the edge of your seat. Written in 1936 in the style of a Victorian thriller, but bearing none of the signature over-the-top melodrama, Patrick Hamilton’s classic harkens back to a simpler time while retaining a modern sensibility in the script. It becomes apparent soon … [Read more...]

The Extemporium by Paper Street Theatre October 22-25 2014. A review.

The Extemporium by Paper Street Theatre, October 22-25 2014. A review. Improvisation so expertly executed as to appear scripted. In fact, the actors of Paper Street Theatre have great difficulty at times in dissuading audience members from the notion that it is. What is the secret to this seemingly effortless endeavour?  Preparation—months and months of studying the works of the author (or genre)—in this case, Franz Kafka—and playing with … [Read more...]

Gaslight at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with cast members Adrian Hough and Wes Borg.

Gaslight by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014. Interview with  cast members Adrian Hough and Wes Borg. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre opens their seventh season (the second in the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village) with the classic Victorian thriller Gaslight. Originally written by Patrick Hamilton in 1938, it received wide recognition for the film version featuring Ingrid Bergman  and  Charles Boyer. Adrian Hough joins … [Read more...]

Time Waits For No One at William Head On Stage (WHoS). A review.

Time Waits For No One at William Head On Stage (WHoS). A review. October 10-November 8, 2014. Filled with a sense of magical realism and wonder, Time Waits for No One (A Prison Play), currently at William Head Onstage (WHoS) October 10 to November 8, 2014—a joint production of the Prison Arts Collective and the inmates at this federal institution—brims with equal measures of fantasy and the hard-won lessons of life. From the moment the … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge Theatre announces Cast and Creative for Gaslight October 21-November 2, 2014

Blue Bridge Theatre announces cast and creative for Gaslight October 21-November 2, 2014. Victoria BC.  (media release) Media Release Gaslight  to star Thea Gill and Adrian Hough  A star studded cast has been lined up to open Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre's seventh season with its upcoming production of Patrick Hamilton's 1938 classic Victorian thriller Gaslight. The first show of the theatre's 2014-15 season will see the return of … [Read more...]

Steel Magnolias at St Luke’s Players October 8-19, 2014. A Review.

Steel Magnolias at St Luke's Players October 8-19, 2014. A review. Steel Magnolias currently at St Luke’s Players (October 8-19, 2014), written by Robert Harlin in 1989 and based on his real-life experience and family tragedy, has lost none of its charm or poignancy. At a time when many city dwellers struggle to find satisfactory “third places” to connect on a regular basis, where coffee shops have replaced churches, this story of six … [Read more...]