Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2018. Interview with Artistic Director Karen Lee Pickett.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2018. Interview with Artistic Director Karen Lee Pickett. The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival celebrates their 28th year in 2018. Now firmly established in the repertory model since 2014 under the artistic directorship of Karen Lee Pickett, they benefit from two professional mentor actors—this year, Trevor Hinton who audiences will remember from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons, and new to the … [Read more...]

The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Bema Productions January 7-28 2018. A review.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Bema Productions January 7-28 2018. A review. Now in their fourth season, and operating from the community space, turned black box theatre, at Congregation Emanu-El, Bema Productions continues to impress with their insightful interpretations of classic and often little-known comedies, beginning 2018 with The Prisoner of Second Avenue (playing Saturdays and Sundays January 7-28). Artistic director Zelda Dean … [Read more...]

Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review.

Shockheaded Peter at Theatre Inconnu November 30-December 17 2016 a review. If the idea of one more “holiday special” makes you unhinged, if you’re ready to shout “bah humbug” to the world--then the macabre, bizarre, perverse stylings of Theatre Inconnu’s Shockheaded Peter (on until December 17th) are for you.  Prepare to cackle gleefully as disappointed parents dispatch their progeny with wild abandon and young children meet with a series of … [Read more...]

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review. July 6-30, 2016 This iteration marks the fourth time this well-known comedy of mistaken identity is produced by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. Director Janet Munsil continues a long tradition of adaptation with the choice to gender-switch the cast; all the men’s roles are played by women and the women’s roles by men. There is such felicity in the decision a … [Read more...]

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2016. A review. Not since 1992 have Victoria audiences had the pleasure of seeing Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, now in its 26th season, has grown from strength to strength with the decision, in 2014, to employ a repertory model for the company. This year’s mentor actors are Trevor Hinton a master of highly physical movement and … [Read more...]

Cock by Mike Bartlett at Theatre Inconnu May 5-23, 2015. A review.

Cock by Mike Bartlett at Theatre Inconnu May 5-23, 2015. A review. John is confused—but is it by his sexual orientation or by life in general, bound-up as he is in a general inability to make a choice? Theatre Inconnu tackles the Oliver-award-winning play Cock by Mike Bartlett, one of Britain’s rising young stars in the theatrical firmament. Director and designer David MacPherson, in his first production for Theatre Inconnu, sets the audience … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review. And now for something completely different—a romantic comedy—The Taming of the Shrew. Having viewed both shows, it becomes evident how the repertory model is reaping benefits—for the actors as they stretch their creative muscles, and for the festival in the quality of the work produced. Deft of speech and swift of feet These players most assurèd be. The troupe … [Read more...]