Theatre Al Dente presents Phantom of the Light Opera in Victoria BC. A review.

Summer—a time for light reading, light clothing, light eating and—light entertainment, a welcome diversion from regular fare. Nothing too troubling or difficult—like the beach books we all love to read (even if we don’t want to admit it). Theatre Al Dente has it covered. For six season (2010-2015) a team helmed by the father/daughter duo of Gerald Schieven and Sasha Moriarty-Schieven (he directs, she writes and choreographs) produced a … [Read more...]

Theatre Al Dente presents their first annual Summer Dinner Theatre Experience

Theatre Al Dente presents their first annual Summer Dinner Theatre Experience. Preview. For several summers, members of Sidney's Peninsula Players wrote and performed original musicals at Muse Winery.  Muse has now changed hands and is the Deep Cove Winery and the players have decided to create a new theatre company—Theatre Al Dentre—especially for the purpose of performing summer dinner theatre.  Bringing an executive producer--Steve Duck … [Read more...]

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Review.

Murder on the Agenda presented by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 12, 2017. A review. The bar was set high last year with the inaugural Enigmatic Events live interactive murder mystery dinner theatre—Murder by Midnight—an event I described as being “the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time”.  In a year that saw me partaking of over 100 performances outside the Victoria Fringe, it remains one of my highlights—for many … [Read more...]

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Interview with Chris Rudram.

Murder on the Agenda by Enigmatic Events January 27-February 11, 2017. Interview with Chris Rudram. After last year’s successful Murder by Midnight, the team at Enigmatic Events are back again with Murder on the Agenda. Organizer Chris Rudram was happy to answer a few questions. Why did you take the leap into producing interactive, dinner theatre events?  How do they differ from traditional dinner theatre? My passion is all about … [Read more...]

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review.

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review. Who doesn’t love a good mystery—particularly when it’s written by the undisputed queen—Agatha Christie, whose books have sold more copies than any other author and publication (except the Bible and the Bard). Originally penned in 1950, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon in 1977, A Murder is Announced (the first production in Saint Luke’s Players 68th season) is … [Read more...]

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review.

Enigmatic Events presents Murder by Midnight. January 30-February 13, 2016. A review. Murder by Midnight, a live interactive murder mystery dinner theatre (at the Ambrosia Centre) hosted by Enigmatic Events (February 5/6 and 12/13, 2016) is part live game of Clue, part closed room dinner theatre mystery à la Agatha Christie and part puzzle enthusiasts meet-up, and the most fun I’ve had with a group of strangers in a long time. What an absolute … [Read more...]

The Mousetrap at Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015. A review.

The Mousetrap at Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015. A review. There is something irresistibly delicious about being wrapped in a comfortable sweater, sipping a mug of hot Ovaltine, ensconced in a pair of well-worn slippers. Certain literary and theatrical forms recall this sense of familiarity. Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap, currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 24-May 30, 2015 is one of the finest examples, … [Read more...]