Girl in the Goldfish Bowl at Langham Court Theatre September 25-October 14 2017. A review.

Girl in the Goldfish Bowl at Langham Court Theatre September 25-October 14 2017. A review. Iris (Lianne Coates) joins a long line of stellar heroines (Ramona and Harriet among them), young girls with spunk and gumption, trying to get to the bottom of things, with the unique, and often skewed, perspective of a child. The entire world is topsy-turvy—externally, relations between the US and Cuba teeter on the brink, internally, Iris’ parents … [Read more...]

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review.

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review. Oh to have the wit and erudition of the noble lords and ladies of Navarre and France.  Janet Munsil directs the light, airy and playful word feast, Love’s Labour’s Lost, perfect for summer viewing on the grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne campus as part of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (July 4-29, 2017). Be prepared for quick repartee and … [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...]

Pride and Prejudice at the Chemainus Theatre Festival February 17-March 25, 2017. A review.

 Pride and Prejudice at the Chemainus Theatre Festival February 17-March 25, 2017. A review. In Janet Munsil’s witty and humourous adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until March 25th) it’s easy to see Mrs. Bennett (Amy Lee Newman is splendid in the role, with abundant nervous energy channeled in short sharp bursts) as no more than a flibbertigibbet, an annoying, meddlesome mother, but in … [Read more...]

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review. July 6-30, 2016 This iteration marks the fourth time this well-known comedy of mistaken identity is produced by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. Director Janet Munsil continues a long tradition of adaptation with the choice to gender-switch the cast; all the men’s roles are played by women and the women’s roles by men. There is such felicity in the decision a … [Read more...]

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016.

Victoria celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016 Arts companies all over the region are producing works by Shakespeare—some adapted and re-imagined—to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Where There’s A Will Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Craigdarroch Castle February 18 — 21 and 24 — 27, 8pm 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy, and we are having a party! Join the … [Read more...]

Pride and Prejudice at Langham Court Theatre October 1-18 2014. A review.

Pride and Prejudice at Langham Court Theatre October 1-18, 2014. A review. PLEASE NOTE: Pride and Prejudice is SOLD-OUT but you can chance the wait list. Pride and Prejudice at Langham Court Theatre (October 1-18, 2014) is a brilliantly mordant adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved 200 year-old classic by Victoria playwright Janet Munsil, perfectly paced with astute direction by Judy Treloar and gracefully interpreted by a talented … [Read more...]

Win Tickets to “Influence” by Intrepid Theatre

Readers of this blog (and my Twitter feed) will know that I am a regular volunteer and patron of Intrepid Theatre. I'm excited about the upcoming performances (March 4-13, 2011) of the play "Influence" written by Intrepid's artistic director, Janet Munsil, and produced to co-incide with the company's 25th anniversary. And, thanks to the generosity of Intrepid, one of my readers (and a guest) will have the opportunity to attend too! (See … [Read more...]