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...]

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 7-May 14, 2017. A review.

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 7-May 14, 2017. A review. When Ted (Max Roll) and Richard (Bryce Kulak) walk onstage and begin goofing around with the piano benches before sitting down to play the first tentative notes, the emotional connection is immediate—I grew up the eldest child in a family with a piano. There was no question that I would have piano lessons. Many years later my children endured endless reminders … [Read more...]

Hildas Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review.

Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review. Hilda’s Yard, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until November 5, 2016, is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of family when life becomes difficult. Norm Foster is considered to be one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, popular with theatres—community, school, university and professional—from coast to coast. … [Read more...]

Jeeves Intervenes at the Chemainus Theatre Festival September 11-October 3, 2015. A review.

Jeeves Intervenes at the Chemainus Theatre Festival September 11-October 3, 2015. A review. One hundred years ago this September, Bertie Wooster and the inimitable Jeeves were first introduced to a soon-to-be-adoring public. Through thirty five short stories and ten full-length novels the escapades of an entitled wastrel and his sagacious “gentleman’s gentleman” have delighted generations of readers. Their creator, P.G. Wodehouse, is … [Read more...]

The Mousetrap at Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015. A review.

The Mousetrap at Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015. A review. There is something irresistibly delicious about being wrapped in a comfortable sweater, sipping a mug of hot Ovaltine, ensconced in a pair of well-worn slippers. Certain literary and theatrical forms recall this sense of familiarity. Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap, currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015 is one of the finest examples, … [Read more...]