Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review Swan Song and Other Farces (currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 24-May 6, 2018) combines four of Chekhov’s short farces into one continuous and riotous ninety minute frolic to begin the company’s 10th anniversary season.  Director Jacob Richmond has an unquestionable grasp of the genre, a talent he has honed for over a decade as the founder and one of the main … [Read more...]

Harvey, at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Harvey, at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Harvey by Mary Chase, currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival May 6-28, 2016, is an endearing and enduring classic of the American theatre cannon, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1946, and showing remarkable longevity in its 70 year history (including a 2012 Broadway revival).  This winsome and whimsical tale of a gentleman, Elwood Dowd (Mark DuMez), living outside society’s norms, with … [Read more...]

Boeing Boeing at Langham Court Theatre July 23-August 2, 2014. A review.

Boeing Boeing at Langham Court Theatre July 23-August 2, 2014. A review. Farce—fast, funny and physical—done well, is such a guilty pleasure for theatre-goers, and incredibly difficult for cast and crew. The action must be quick, most often involving an incredible number of exits and entrances with costume changes in between, but not so quick that the thread of the plot is lost.  Characters need to be over-the-top while remaining likable. … [Read more...]

The 39 Steps at Langham Court Theatre – a review

If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock and physical comedy, then the fast-paced, witty and irreverent retelling of The 39 Steps, currently at Langham Court Theatre (until March 23rd) is sure to appeal. Written in 2005 by Patrick Barlow as an adaptation of Hitchcock’s classic thriller (itself adapted from the 1910 novel by John Buchan) it is a veritable tour-de-force for the small group of four actors who play over 100 roles between them. Only … [Read more...]

The Walworth Farce by Theatre Inconnu – review

It took 18 tries before Graham McDonald, Theatre Inconnu’s Associate Artistic Director, was able to secure the rights to Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce (on now at Little Fernwood Hall until June 16th). For his patience,Victoria audiences are about to be rewarded with a diaspora tale-within- a-tale, a farce of mythical proportions and great black-comedic appeal. Walsh is a leading light in contemporary Irish theatre, coming to prominence at … [Read more...]