Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Four.

Reviews of The Birdmann and Egg FINALE, Cornelius and Titania by Pamela Bethel and BLOOD RELATIVE by Ren Lunicke. Day Four had me happily camped out at a relatively new Victoria Fringe venue—Venue 7, St Andrew’s Kirk Hall, entrance at 680 Courtney Street (NOTE: it’s listed incorrectly as 860 Courtney in the schedule found on page 22 of the Fringe guide)—meeting many old Fringe friend in the line-up (one of my favourite aspects of the festival) … [Read more...]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch presented by Atomic Vaudeville. July 20-29 2018. Preview.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch presented by Atomic Vaudeville. July 20-29 2018. Preview. Media release. I ended my review of last year’s inaugural Hedwig and the Angry Inch presented by Atomic Vaudeville with the prescient words “with its boisterous energy and cabaret vibe it is well on its way to cult-hit status. I’m already asking when they plan next year’s version.”  Wait no more, loyal fans—Hedwig returns, this year to the Upstairs Cabaret … [Read more...]

A Spring of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. March-May.

A Spring of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. March-May. Spring signifies renewal, rebirth and growth, and nowhere is this more evident than in Victoria's burgeoning theatre ecosystem where the period from March to the end of May will see  more than SIXTY shows, cabarets, fundraisers, play readings and festivals, including the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival and the TD Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in March, Paper … [Read more...]

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review.

Company C presents Cabaret at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. A review. The 2017 Company C of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) caps off two years of training, and a solid 5 months of ensemble work, with the quintessential musical Cabaret. Packed with gravitas and grit, and featuring both bold ensemble numbers and punchy solos, this production whisks the audience away to the heady time between wars, when life in Berlin … [Read more...]

Happening (winter) & Homo for the Holidays December 4, 2015.

Happening (winter)/Homo for the Holidays Cabaret December 4, 2015.  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with Intrepid Theatre. December is typically chock-a-block full of arts events from music to theatre, musicals to art openings. Two years ago, in 2014, Intrepid Theatre introduced another contender into the mix with Homo for the Holidays, a cheeky cabaret celebrating gay culture and queer artists. From its debut, Homo for the … [Read more...]

Chelsea Hotel the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Belfry Theatre, October 20-November 15, 2015. A review.

Chelsea Hotel-the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Belfry Theatre, October 20-November 15, 2015. A review. For generations of fans, both of his poetry and his music, Leonard Cohen has epitomized the archetype of Writer as tortured, tormented soul. In an audacious move, playwright Tracey Power has dared to tamper with the author’s creation, rendering a startling re-interpretation of the master’s oeuvre. Loosely imaging a solitary and dark night … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2014. Day Eight.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2014. Day Eight.  Reviews of Red Hot Mama (Melanie Gall), High Tea (James and Jamesy), Medicine (TJ Dawe) and Jem Rolls Attacks the Silence. More information at Victoria Fringe. Purchase tickets at TicketRocket, the Intrepid Theatre box office, or at the venue one hour prior to the show. Don’t forget—you’ll need a Fringe visa button ($6). The final week of the Fringe is extremely busy and I would highly … [Read more...]

Atomic Vaudeville celebrates 10 years. Interview with co-founder Britt Small.

Atomic Vaudeville celebrates 10 years. Interview with co-founder Britt Small. Atomic Vaudeville was founded in Victoria BC in 2004 by Jacob Richmond and Britt Small (who was kind enough to answer a few interview questions). This is cabaret 65. Did you ever imagine that you would still be here 10 years later—producing your 65th cabaret? No, I don't think we imagined much beyond the first year when we started.  Then it just kept on … [Read more...]

Atomic Vaudeville celebrates 10 years May 8-10 2014. Preview.

Atomic Vaudeville celebrates 10 years May 8-10 2014. Preview. I was not an early adopter of Atomic Vaudeville, and only became acquainted with their cabarets shortly after my return to theatre-viewing in the latter part of the 2000s.  It was most definitely unlike more traditional theatre or even shows at the Victoria Fringe Festival.  Since then, I've become a volunteer, and follow closely the careers of many artists who have been, or continue … [Read more...]

Diversion 2 Cabaret – February 13th, a fundraiser for the Victoria Event Centre

Since January 2013, a new cabaret has appeared on the busy performance calendar at the Victoria Event Centre (VEC) - Diversion is scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, and is a fundraiser for the Victoria Multicultural Society who runs the VEC.  Funds raised will help with improvements for this very busy venue. This month's cabaret features performing artists I'm familiar with (Missie Peters, performance poet; Ryan Bangra, comedian; … [Read more...]