Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Footloose The Musical at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Drawing upon timeless themes and buoyed by hit music from the 1984 film, Footloose at the Chemainus Theatre Festival (June 10-August 27, 2016) presents a feel-good exploration of family and inter-generational skirmishes. When Ren McCormack (Justin Stadnyk) and his mom Ethel (Sarah Carlé) are forced to leave the big city for small town Bomont, the adjustments to their … [Read more...]

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review.

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review. Equal parts comedy of romance, manners, errors and situation, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, with its sharp observations and witty banter, transcends time and place. Originally written in 1773, the version currently onstage at Langham Court Theatre (June 8-25, 2016) has been adapted by director Toshik Bukowiecki to the 1920s—a time of shifting societal … [Read more...]

Ludwig & Lohengrin at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Kyall Rakoz.

Ludwig & Lohengrin at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Kyall Rakoz. Kyall Rakoz first performed Ludwig and Lohengrin at the Calgary Fringe in 2013 and has since toured the show extensively. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this your first one person show? Yes this is the first show I have ever written. I was inspired to write the show after taking a tour of Ludwig's famous castle Schloss Neuschwanstein while I was … [Read more...]

OUTstages Victoria’s new Queer Theatre Festival June 20-25, 2016. Preview.

OUTstages Victoria's new Queer Theatre Festival June 20-25, 2016. Preview.  (Media Release). Launched last summer, OUTstages, Victoria’s new queer theatre festival returns for a second high-heeled run, kicking off the Pride season in Victoria with shows and events running June 20-25, just before Victoria Pride Week. OUTstages, Victoria’s new queer theatre festival, is back for year two, after a stellar first outing last summer. OUTstages … [Read more...]

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview.

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview. A new festival for Victoria BC. When noted musical improviser Dan Godlovitch contacted me with news of a new festival—I was intrigued.  Over the years I’ve come to know Dan more for his work with Paper Street Theatre Co, but others will recognize him from The Krells, Urban Therapy, Cloud Sounds and CFUV. Media release follows: Pretty Good Not Bad (PGNB) is a brand new festival … [Read more...]

The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello.

The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello. Local theatre troupe Scrumpy Theatre produces their first original play--The Hidden City, based on an epic poem by Stanley K. Freiberg--June 8-11, 2016 at the Paul Phillips Hall (1923 Fernwood Road).  Director Julian Cervello agreed to answer a few questions. What sparked the creation of this show? This play is the result of four Projects, previous to … [Read more...]