Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review.

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review. In the seemingly limitless space of the Chief Dan George Theatre, majestic rivers of drapery—lighting playing enticingly upon surfaces (Eryn Griffith)—adorn the back wall, alluding to the sumptuous and excessive manner in which the rich, idle and bored French nobility live. By focusing on a small selection of furniture pieces—a chaise longue, a table, benches and … [Read more...]

Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre March 8-19 2016. A review.

Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre March 8-19, 2016. A review. Summer and Smoke at the UVic Phoenix Theatre (March 8-19, 2016) is an elegant and rigourous examination of the heart’s deepest desires and perfidies. Set in small town, turn-of-the-century South, with its precise ways of life—where small nuances and inflections in language and manner are carefully scrutinized and everyone knows their place in a rigid hierarchy—Summer … [Read more...]

Amadeus by UVic Phoenix Theatre March 12-21, 2015. A review.

Amadeus by UVic Phoenix Theatre March 12-21, 2015. A review. Modern history has not been kind to Antonio Salieri, a composer and Kappelmeister in the Hapsburg court of Emperor Joseph II.  Despite his considerable musical influence in the development of Italian opera of the era, and the fact his students included Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt, his life has been reduced to the portrait painted by Peter Shaffer in … [Read more...]