A Very Commedia Christmas by Lightning Theatre December 2015 in Victoria BC. A review.

A Very Commedia Christmas by Lightning Theatre December 2015 in Victoria BC. A review. Mining a centuries-old theatrical tradition, one on which much of modern improvisation, comedy and drama is based, and re-inventing it, while making it relevant for today’s young, hip and culturally obsessed generation, is a massive undertaking requiring perspicacity, diligence and practice. Originally founded as an improv troupe with a twist in 2013, … [Read more...]

Lethal Christmas by Paper Street Theatre December 16-19, 2015. An interview.

Lethal Christmas by Paper Street Theatre December 16-19, 2015. An interview. It’s not traditional holiday fare, but for many movie buffs, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas action flick. For the second show of their fifth season, local troupe Paper Street Theatre Co present Lethal Christmas, an improvised Christmas action movie. Dave Morris, founder of Paper Street Theatre Co, and company member Monica Ogden sat down … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

The Great Gatsby by Company C December 3-6, 2015. A preview.

The Great Gatsby by Company C December 3-6, 2015. A preview. Presented in the CCPA Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Road. You've read the book, and seen the movie, now, experience the roaring twenties onstage with the talented cast and crew of Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts Year III studio ensemble. Guided by Director Ron Jenkins (a ten times Sterling Award winner with local directing credits including Good Night … [Read more...]

Doubt, a Parable at Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 5, 2015. A review.

Doubt, a Parable at Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 5, 2015. A review. Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, at Langham Court Theatre, is substantive, powerful, perplexing theatre filled to the brim with riveting, satisfying and deeply human performances. Set in the Bronx in 1964, post Vatican II, Doubt is a chronicle of a time passed, a peek into a period of history that represented a sea-change in the Catholic Church’s and society’s … [Read more...]

The Threepenny Opera at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 5-21, 2015. A review.

The Threepenny Opera at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 5-21, 2015. A review. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, directed by Brian Richmond, currently at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre, November 5-21, 2015, is an extravagant spectacle, with minute attention to detail where every design choice is in service to advance the aesthetic of the show. Set by Richmond in the year 2028, after the assassination of King … [Read more...]

The Rocky Horror Show by RKO Productions October 22-31, 2015. A review.

The Rocky Horror Show by RKO Productions October 22-31, 2015. A review. RKO (Rebel Knock Out Productions) returns to the Metro Studio Theatre October 22-31, 2015 with their sophomore production of what Victoria theatre audiences can only hope will become an annual tradition—The Rocky Horror Show LIVE! For decades, the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village hosted the movie (now in its 41st year), and legions of fans dutifully decked out in … [Read more...]