Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2018. Day Five.

Reviews of Death, a Romantic Comedy by Rob Gee and Confessions of an Operatic Mute by Briane Nasimok. Don’t forget to check out reviews from Day One (The Session, Reminiscences of Reconciliation, Fool’s Paradise), Day Two (Water People, Fado, Carey, OK!)  Day Three (Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Moriarty!, The Measure of Love, The Boy in the Chrysalis, Para Dos), and Day Four (The Birdmann and Egg FINALE, Cornelius and Titania BLOOD … [Read more...]

Fake Ghost Tours 2 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Not all shows at the Victoria Fringe Festival take place in a theatre.  Local comedians Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara paired up in 2017 for a comedy walking tour—the wildly-popular Fake Ghost Tours (of downtown Victoria) and they’re back this year. My recommendation—buy tickets in advance if you are planning on going. This show was a sell-out for its entire run in 2017. … [Read more...]

War of 1812 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

The War of 1812, a Fringe classic, returns with a stellar cast comprised of award-winning artists—all of them locals who have now established themselves as true Fringe stars on the CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals—which includes festivals in the US) circuit. How could a show with Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Mike Delamont and Rod Peter, Jr be anything else but hilarious? I can guarantee sold-out houses. They arrive August 29th from the … [Read more...]

Death a Romantic Comedy at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

UK word wizard Rob Gee has been a popular addition to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) circuit with many appearances at the Victoria Fringe Festival. He’s back with his latest (and newest) show Death A Romantic Comedy.  … [Read more...]

Unscriptured at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2018. An interview.

Travis Bernhardt has been wowing audiences on the Fringe circuit for years with his feats of magic and prestidigitation—he makes it look effortless—and his quick and witty comedy. In a departure from his normal style, he presents Unscriptured How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company?  My first Fringe was Winnipeg in 2010 — a pretty big failure and I only broke even due to street … [Read more...]

Angels and Aliens at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Jeff Leard is originally from Victoria and an alumnus of  UVic, with a ferocious gift for kinetic movement and humour that he honed working for Story Theatre on the school circuit—can there be any more demanding audience than kids?  This year he returns with Angels and Aliens, created and performed with Sydney Hayduk. Jeff answered questions about his time on the Fringe and this production. How long have you been producing work on the … [Read more...]

Field Zoology 101 at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

When an outstanding comic performer like Mike Delamont (God is a Scottish Drag Queen) tells you to go see a show—you go, or, at least I do. So it was in 2016 that he recommended Field Zoology 101 by Shawn O’Hara, another local comic who was performing for the first time at the Victoria Fringe.  The show was a hit, and it’s back for another run at this year’s Fringe. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an … [Read more...]

Kalamazoo by Bema Productions at the Victoria Fringe 2018. An interview.

Bema Productions, founded in 2013 by veteran theatre-maker Zelda Dean during Congregation Emanu-El’s Arts Festival, has a reputation for producing thought-provoking dramas and comedies.  This year’s offering at the Victoria Fringe Festival, in the "bring your own venue" of the synagogue’s social hall is Kalamazoo. Zelda Dean was happy to answer a few questions. How long have you been producing work at the Victoria Fringe circuit?  As an … [Read more...]

Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty at the Belfry Theatre. A review.

The cultural phenomena that is the Mom’s The Word collective has landed, once again, at their “home away from home”, the Belfry Theatre , for the latest update in the uproarious saga--Mom's the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty.  For twenty five years, relentless in their honesty, this quintet of actors and writers has turned selves, husbands, children and relationships into fodder for their remarkable comedic talents—and garnered an army of followers, not … [Read more...]

A Chorus of Disapproval at Langham Court Theatre. A review.

A Chorus of Disapproval at Langham Court Theatre. A review. There’s nothing like a good send-up of theatrical shenanigans to get an audience laughing along. Making it a period piece within a period piece doubles the fun—A Chorus of Disapproval (at Langham Court Theatre June 6-23, 2018) by the British satirist Alan Ayckbourn was written in 1984 and set in small-town Northern England in 1978 where the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society … [Read more...]