Lessons by Wendy Graf. Bema Productions April 12-22, 2018. A review.

Lessons by Wendy Graf. Bema Productions April 12-22, 2018. A review. Bema Productions does it again with the nuanced production of Lessons by Wendy Graf (performed in the most appropriate 153 year old heritage synagogue Temple Emanu-El April 12-22, 2018). Now in their fourth season, Bema has come to be known for insightful renderings of scripts that on the surface appear simple—it is director Zelda Dean’s single biggest gift—to find 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...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day One.

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day One. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Review of The Old Lady's Guide to Survival: Site A--Congregational Emanu-el, 1461 Blanshard Street. Reviews of The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure by Jeff Leard, An Improvised Quentin Tarantino 2--The Playful 8 by Paper Street Theatre Co, Perpetural Wednesday by White Collar Crimes and Half the Battle by Owen Bishop.  All at … [Read more...]

Bowser by Joyce Kline at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

Bowser by Joyce Kline at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? Okay, shameful confession time: I did a weird experimental performance art thing in the very first Vancouver Fringe Festival. I cringe just remembering it because, one, it means I’m older than god and, two, it definitely wasn’t a play. Still, it was a useful experiment; one day I’ll use … [Read more...]

The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview with director Zelda Dean.

The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview with director Zelda Dean. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? This is the second year for Bema Productions to be a part of the Victoria Fringe Festival.  We had so much fun last year playing to almost full houses with The Best Meal You Ever Ate and we are expecting an equal success this year. I personally was … [Read more...]

17 Stories by Bema Productions November 29/30 in Victoria BC

17 Stories by Bema Productions November 29/20 in Victoria BC at Congregation Emanu-El Synagoge. Life is full of small happenstances.  I would not have known about Victoria's newest theatre company, Bema Productions, if I hadn't stopped to chat after RKO Productions' Rocky Horror Show.  Little did I know that Jessica Van der Veen, who I knew more for her political forays, was an actor. Following the great success of the arts festival celebrating … [Read more...]