Sweeney Todd at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12 2018. An interview.

The behemoth that is Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd comes to the Roxy Theatre from July 31st- August 12th in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s creative re-imagining.  I met with Patrick Du Wors, set and lighting designer, and Graham McMonagle, costume designer, to discuss the many innovations they have employed to redefine the scenario while remaining true to Sondheim’s original intentions. “Sweeney Todd is extremely taxing, even for the largest … [Read more...]

Our Town by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 4-16 2017. A review.

Our Town by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 4-16 2017. A review. Written in 1938, Our Town by the celebrated author and playwright Thornton Wilder, remains a perennial classic of the North American theatrical canon. This simple story, staged without many of the common artifices, is a favourite of community theatres, colleges and universities, but is not often staged professionally given the large cast of nineteen. For 2017 Blue Bridge … [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...]

Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears by Blue Bridge Repertory and Puente Theatre April 29-May 11,2014. A review.

Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears by Blue Bridge Repertory and Puente Theatre April 29-May 11,2014. A review. In their most ambitious undertaking to date, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with Puente Theatre, incorporates the elements of Ken Mitchell’s original musical Cruel Tears and re-casts it on the Texas side of the Texas Mexico border. Cruel Tears was originally staged in 1975 by Brian Richmond (Blue Bridge Theatre’s current … [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...]

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces Cast and Creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces cast and creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears (media release).   From Elizabethan England to our own times, the story of Othello has fascinated generations of playwrights over several centuries and in several countries. The newest playwright to adapt this classic story of racial and gender tension will be Puente Theatre's Artistic Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét in a musical she is titling … [Read more...]