Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017 One of my favourite summer-time experiences is Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede.  I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I zip from show to show. Now in its ninth year this summer festival (formerly known as Bike Ride) introduces audiences to a mobile feast of short works along the Galloping Goose Trail.  Originally meant for audiences who meandered by bike from venue to venue along a series of … [Read more...]

Shirley Valentine by Dragon Monkey Theatre. A review.

Shirley Valentine by Dragon Monkey Theatre. A review. I had the opportunity to attend the sold-out production of Shirley Valentine by Dragon Monkey Theatre, a fundraiser for the Victoria Women's Transition House, at the Intrepid Theatre Club in June (June 2-4).  Based on the demand for tickets, the company is remounting the production at Langham Court Theatre (with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the theatre) July 20-22, 2017. Lorene … [Read more...]

Our Town by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 4-16 2017. A review.

Our Town by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 4-16 2017. A review. Written in 1938, Our Town by the celebrated author and playwright Thornton Wilder, remains a perennial classic of the North American theatrical canon. This simple story, staged without many of the common artifices, is a favourite of community theatres, colleges and universities, but is not often staged professionally given the large cast of nineteen. For 2017 Blue Bridge … [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...]

Macbeth at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival July 4-29, 2017. A review.

Macbeth at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival July 4-29, 2017. A review. What a treat to be ensconced in a comfortable seat, on the beautiful grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne Campus on a soft summer evening, imagining the rocky outcroppings as the Scottish Highlands, waiting for Macbeth to begin. Perhaps one of Shakespeare’s most recognized tragedies, many will have studied this work in high school or university English.  … [Read more...]

Our Town by Thornton Wilder at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with Gary Farmer.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with Gary Farmer. When Blue Bridge Artistic Director Brian Richmond set about the mammoth task of assembling the team and cast for Thornton Wilder’s sweeping classic Our Town, one of the first people he thought of was veteran First Nations actor, activist and musician Gary Farmer (last seen here as Lenny in Of Mice and Men in 2012) in the demanding role of the Stage … [Read more...]

Blackstones and Bathtubs at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo July 2-8 2017. A preview.

Blackstones and Bathtubs at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo July 2-8 2017. A preview. Nanaimo's culture and heritage are the focus of a new musical as local producer Katy Bowen-Roberts (known on lower Vancouver Island for the annual Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular—originally in Yellow Point and due to its popularity, now staged in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Victoria) presents Blackstones and Bathtubs in Nanaimo at the Port Theatre July … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC

A Summer of Theatre 2017 June-August in Victoria BC Ah, summer, and the chance to slow down and partake of outdoor festivals, classical theatre, innovative new works and fundraisers.  This information is accurate to June 1st and will be updated as needed. Waiting for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performance to begin. A quintessential Victoria experience. June Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, directed by Janet Munsil Blue … [Read more...]