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...]

Speed the Plow by David Mamet at the Belfry Theatre September 15-October 11, 2015. A review.

Speed the Plow by David Mamet at the Belfry Theatre September 15-October 11, 2015. A review. Like light shifting and playing across the garden, its mercurial quick-silver nature un-capturable, so too the power dynamics in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, currently opening the 40th season at the Belfry Theatre (September 15-October 11, 2015). Changes are as subtle as a word, a heightened tone, a brief touch, or as forceful as a barrage of … [Read more...]

Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17 2015. A review.

Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 5-17, 2015. A review. Macbeth at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (May 5-17, 2015) is quite simply astonishing--an exemplary, boundless and prodigious theatrical production that displays finesse and intricacy in all levels of design, acting and stagecraft. In a short three week rehearsal period, working with the confines of the small stage at the Roxy Theatre, the ensemble brings this much-studied … [Read more...]

Venus in Fur at the Belfry Theatre. A review.

Venus in Fur at the Belfry Theatre. A review. To portray Venus in Fur, currently at the Belfry Theatre November 11-December 14, as a play uniquely about S&M is akin to calling the Pacific Ocean a pond. Venus in Fur opens with a bang—to the rumblings and claps of a thunderstorm—and the sparks fly continually for the next 100 minutes without let-up. Vince Gale (Thomas) and Celine Stubel (Vanda Jordan) last appeared together at the … [Read more...]

Proud at the Belfry Theatre February 11-March 9, 2014. A review.

Michael Healey’s play Proud, currently at the Belfry Theatre (February 11-March 9, 2014) is an outrageous, provocative, sexy and very funny tale of the behind-the-scenes political machinations of Canada’s prime minister. Proud has been surrounded by controversy since it’s inception. Healey (author of The Drawer Boy—seen at the Belfry in 2000) was the playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre; he resigned when Proud was pulled from … [Read more...]

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Blue Bridge Theatre

First the disclaimers: I am NOT a theatre reviewer, nor do I have any background as an English major. I do however have an abiding passion for theatre and volunteer for the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, and the Victoria Shakespeare Society; I was on the board of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre for a year. In addition my younger son, Elliott Loran is a performing artist (actor, musician, dancer, … [Read more...]