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...]

The Drawer Boy at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 3-15. 2018. A review.

The Drawer Boy at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 3-15. 2018. A review. The Drawer Boy—written by award-winning playwright Michael Healey in 1996 about the experience of The Farm Show—an early (1972) experiment in community-based theatre, where actors created shows based on the lives of Ontario farmers—and currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre until July 15th, is a riveting homage to an homage—a modern re-telling of what has itself … [Read more...]

The Drawer Boy at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 3-15,2018. Cast interview.

The Drawer Boy at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 3-15,2018. Cast interview. First a note—it’s draw-er boy, a boy who draws, not drawer boy, a boy in a drawer as I imagined it to be. “¨Perhaps the most successful play in Canadian theatre history and produced world-wide since its premier (at Theatre Passe Muraille) in 1999, this touching comic drama about Southern Ontario rural life explores the power of storytelling in creating and … [Read more...]

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...]

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. An interview.

Swan Song and Other Farces at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. An interview. Noa Paster may only be seven going on eight, but she’s already an experienced musician and performer who is prepared to hold her own with the talented ensemble of Swan Song and Other Farces, the opening production of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s tenth anniversary season (April 24-May 6, 2018). Director Jacob Richmond (The Caretaker, Animal Crackers, Waiting … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge presents War of the Worlds October 30/31 2017. A preview.

Blue Bridge presents War of the Worlds October 30/31 2017. A preview. At a time when “old media”—television, radio and print—is engaged in what some deem a to-the-death struggle with “new media”, Orson Welles’ adaptation of HG Wells’ classic science fiction tale War of the Worlds could not be more relevant, according to Brian Richmond, artistic director of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.  The company is staging War of the Worlds on Hallowe’en … [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...]

The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 25-May 7 2017. A review.

The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre April 25-May 8, 2017. A review. The Caretaker at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre (until May 8, 2017) simmers with underlying menace and violence in an astonishingly contemporary interpretation directed by Jacob Richmond with deep respect for Pinter’s signature dialogue. It’s been over half a century since Pinter penned the script, yet the precarity in The Caretaker is the reality for many living … [Read more...]

Animal Crackers at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2-14, 2016. A review.

Animal Crackers at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre August 2-14, 2016. A review. Blue Bridge Theatre’s Animal Crackers (August 2nd-August 14th 2016 at the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village) is a crazy caper--pure pandemonium in which much hilarity ensues.  Endless quips and groaners flow in syncopated patter. Blink and you’ll miss it! This madcap and wild ride into the imagination of the illustrious masters of comedy—the Marx Brothers—is vividly … [Read more...]