Sweeney Todd at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12, 2018. A review.

Sweeney Todd by Sondheim, currently playing at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12, 2018, bristles with electricity and a terrible current of visceral vitality that keeps audiences spell-bound throughout. Daunting in scope for a small ensemble of ten players, this version of Sondheim’s cult hit—it’s been staged around the world since its original Broadway run in 1979, adapted as a movie in 2007 by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp … [Read more...]

Sweeney Todd at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 31-August 12 2018. An interview.

The behemoth that is Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd comes to the Roxy Theatre from July 31st- August 12th in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s creative re-imagining.  I met with Patrick Du Wors, set and lighting designer, and Graham McMonagle, costume designer, to discuss the many innovations they have employed to redefine the scenario while remaining true to Sondheim’s original intentions. “Sweeney Todd is extremely taxing, even for the largest … [Read more...]

All My Sons at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 29–June 10 2018. A review.

All My Sons at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 29–June 10 2018. A review. Brian Richmond has always had an expansive artistic vision and nowhere is it more evident than in the magnificent Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, onstage at the Roxy Theatre May 29-June 10, 2018. Over the past decade, since founding the company in 2009, he has steadily gathered together an ensemble of artists that would be … [Read more...]

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2017. A review.

Red Hot Cole at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2017. A review. Ah, summertime—the season of film blockbusters, beach books and romantic musicals. Veteran director (and UVic Phoenix alumnus) Darcy Evans in his Blue Bridge début, mines the extensive repertoire of legendary composer and lyricist Cole Porter in this light, frothy--and original—confection. Evans re-imagines the venue as the Roxy Lounge (Brian Ball’s set includes … [Read more...]

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 30-June 11 2017. A review. What felicitous and preternatural ability did Brian Richmond, Artistic Director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, possess to program the never-more-topical Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin for the second production of the 2017 season? Harry Brock (Jacob Richmond) is a wealthy junk dealer, come to Washington in the hopes of making the deal of his career by bribing a … [Read more...]

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle. Since 2014, costume designer Graham McMonagle has worked in close association with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, on Lagrimas Crueles (Cruel Tears) and Gaslight in 2014, Private Lives in 2015 and The Importance of Being Earnest in 2016.  During this period, he also obtained his MFA from the University of Victoria where his designs were featured … [Read more...]

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review.

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review. In the seemingly limitless space of the Chief Dan George Theatre, majestic rivers of drapery—lighting playing enticingly upon surfaces (Eryn Griffith)—adorn the back wall, alluding to the sumptuous and excessive manner in which the rich, idle and bored French nobility live. By focusing on a small selection of furniture pieces—a chaise longue, a table, benches and … [Read more...]

The Importance of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review.

The Importance Of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 2016. A review. The Importance Of Being Earnest at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (July 5-17, 2016) is nothing less than theatrical heaven. A laugh fest from start to finish, it is filled with witty verbal repartee and cutting digs. If words were swords, clothing would be torn to shreds the way these thespians employ them. What a treat to see veterans like Laurie Patton … [Read more...]

Wild Honey at the UVic Phoenix Theatre February 11 – 20, 2016. A review.

Wild Honey at the UVic Phoenix Theatre February 11 - 20, 2016. A review. Wild Honey, by Michael Frayn, currently at the UVic Phoenix Theatre (February 11-20, 2016) is equal parts Greek tragedy, Shakespearean comedy of errors, and modern day soap opera, liberally salted with Frayn’s signature farcical stylings. Frayn, well-known for the hilarious comedy Noises Off, and the award-winning drama Copenhagen, was also a Russian translator in his … [Read more...]

Gaslight at Blue Bridge Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014. A review.

Gaslight, currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s Roxy (in Quadra Village), October 21-November 2, 2014 is an intense game of cat-and-mouse that will have you perched on the edge of your seat. Written in 1936 in the style of a Victorian thriller, but bearing none of the signature over-the-top melodrama, Patrick Hamilton’s classic harkens back to a simpler time while retaining a modern sensibility in the script. It becomes apparent soon … [Read more...]