The Penelopiad at Langham Court Theatre April 23-May 10 2014. A review.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, directed by Wendy Merk, currently playing at Langham Court Theatre (April 23 to May 10, 2014) is replete with stately majesty. It’s a visual banquet, an auditory feast, and a veritable treasure trove of pithy comments and rich humour. Most high school English students will have studied Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and be familiar with the peregrinations of the hero Odysseus (also known as Ulysses)—sailing to … [Read more...]

Lágrimas Crueles at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with music director Tim Williams.

Lágrimas Crueles at Blue Bridge Theatre. Interview with music director Tim Williams. Tim Williams, the music director for the upcoming Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre production of Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears grew up in California exposed to Mexican American culture—it made him the perfect choice for this adaptation (by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét of Puente Theatre) of Ken Mitchell’s 1974 Canadian classic—Cruel Tears. Williams admits to being … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers at Intrepid Theatre April 11/12. Interview with co-creator Marcus Youssef.

Winners and Losers at Intrepid Theatre April 11/12 2014. Interview with co-creator Marcus Youssef. When the Globe and Mail theatre critic, Kelly Nestruck, names a show among his year’s top ten, and describes it as “jaw-dropping”, I pay attention. Fellow Globe arts writer Paula Citron calls it a “tour-de-force” and references a “sucker punch”. Thanks to Intrepid Theatre’s new Deep End Presentation Series, Victoria audiences have the … [Read more...]

IMPROV: A Science Fiction Thriller. April 9-12, 2014. A preview.

IMPROV: A Science Fiction Thriller. Presented by Paper Street Theatre in Victoria BC, April 9-12, 2014. A preview. I've been a fan of Paper Street Theatre Co. since the founding of the company in 2011. Originally dedicated to improvising based on the style of well-known playwrights like Tennessee Williams and Samuel Beckett, the company branched out to genres in 2012 with An Improvised Film Noir, hit their stride with A Carol for Christmas in … [Read more...]

Victoria Arts Adventures April 2014

Victoria Arts Adventures April 2014 Here's a round-up of some of the arts events in April, as of March 20th.  April is National Poetry Month in Canada—take some time to connect with the multitude of poetry events in Victoria this April, including Victorious Voices the 5th annual Victoria High School slam poetry championships, and LitARTCity, a fundraiser with Victoria's poet laureate Janet Rogers, to benefit the READ Society. On the … [Read more...]