Kim’s Convenience at Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Kim’s Convenience at Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.  April 24-May 26, 2018. It’s a dream come true for any Fringe performer or playwright—navigating the tricky waters from alternative theatre to mainstage production. And, although it makes a compelling story, the reality of Ins Choi’s seemingly “instant” hit is much more complex. Kim’s Convenience is now a CBC series and has even had a run in New York but in 2011 when Mr Choi staged … [Read more...]

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. Working the Musical may be forty years old this year but it still packs an emotional wallop.  Students from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, under the leadership of director and choreographer Matthew Howe, do great tribute to these stories of ordinary working people.  Based on the book written in 1972 by ethnographer and oral historian Studs Terkel, of his … [Read more...]

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview.

Working the Musical by the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Preview. The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) sheds the glitz and glamour of their spring performance with the Victoria Symphony to don a different uniform this week. The students – singers, actors and dancers all – will become a tableau of America’s often invisible working classes in the Tony Award-nominated musical WORKING. WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the … [Read more...]

Fear No Opera and Braden Young present Strauss: First and Last

Fear No Opera and Braden Young present Strauss: First and Last April 28 2018 in Victoria BC (media release) After the success of Fear No Opera’s first art song concert (An Interior Life: The Complete Songs of Henri DuParc), we combine forces once again with Braden Young to present an evening of works by Richard Strauss. Richard Strauss (1864-1949) composed songs and operas over the better part of an 85-year lifetime.  His first known work … [Read more...]

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl at Langham Court Theatre. A review.

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl at Langham Court Theatre. A review. Langham Court Theatre tackles the challenge of Sarah Ruhl’s comedy-fable The Clean House (April 18-May 5, 2018) with intelligent direction, sophisticated staging and design, and spirited acting. Ruhl’s witty deadpan style demands skilled actors with an appreciation of the pause, a talent the ensemble displays in abundance. This absurdist fable also requires a complete … [Read more...]

Salt Baby by Falen Johnson at the Belfry Theatre. A review.

Salt Baby by Falen Johnson at the Belfry Theatre. A review. Girl meets boy, falls in love and lives happily ever after. Not if you’re Salt Baby (Dakota Ray Hebert) the titular character in Falen Johnson’s story of indigenous identity and belonging, Salt Baby (currently at the Belfry Theatre April 17-May 13, 2018); it’s brim-full of questions and the awkward sense of constantly checking one’s assumptions. Salt Baby is brash, bold and … [Read more...]

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. An interview.

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. An interview. Noa Paster may only be seven going on eight, but she’s already an experienced musician and performer who is prepared to hold her own with the talented ensemble of Swan Song and Other Farces, the opening production of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s tenth anniversary season (April 24-May 6, 2018). Director Jacob Richmond (The Caretaker, Animal Crackers, Waiting … [Read more...]

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival April 24-28 2018. Preview.

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival April 24-28 2018. Preview. Paper Street Theatre has built a loyal following since their inception in 2011.  The Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival (April 24-28), now in its third year, brings together the ensemble and guest improvisers from as far away as Sweden and Finland for five days of shows, workshops and mash-ups. The festival has been a great success, selling out in each of the previous two … [Read more...]

Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents Legacy: Song & Dance April 22 2018

Meridiem Wind Orchestra presents Legacy: Song & Dance April 22 2018 I love wind instruments for their versatility. Audiences in Victoria are fortunate to have many highly experienced musicians with this specialty.  The Meridiem Wind Orchestra brings together both professionals (who play with the Victoria Symphony, the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific and Victoria Operatic Society), talented amateurs and music educators (from the … [Read more...]

Pushing the Boundaries of Song & Games at A Place to Listen. April 18 2018. Preview.

Pushing the Boundaries of Song & Games at A Place to Listen. April 18 2018. Preview. Since 2012 A Place to Listen, an experimental listening music series founded by Daniel and Laura Brandes, has been programming "small quiet music" with an ensemble of like-minded composers, musicians and artists.  It's a highlight of my arts experiences in the capital region, a time to set myself apart from the hub-bub of modern life to focus on a few, … [Read more...]