A Christmas Story at the Chemainus Theatre Festival November 18-December 31, 2016. A review.

A Christmas Story at the Chemainus Theatre Festival November 18-December 31, 2016. A review. It’s the season—time to dust off favourite recipes, find the familiar tunes and grab a DVD of a holiday classic.  In our family, it has always been A Christmas Story, based on stories by Jean Shepherd.  The movie came out in 1983 just before my oldest son was born—at first we watched it on TV, then made sure to rent it from the local video store … [Read more...]

The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langha Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Langham Court Theatre November 18-December 3, 2016. A review. Langham Court Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, drives deep into the hearts and motivations of people—their petty jealousies, long-standing feuds, primordial urges and moral rectitude.  Written in 1953 about the Salem witch trials and considered to be an allegory of McCarthyism, this seminal work in the canon of great American … [Read more...]

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review.

Les Liaisons Dangeureuses at UVic Phoenix Theatre November 8-26, 2016. A Review. In the seemingly limitless space of the Chief Dan George Theatre, majestic rivers of drapery—lighting playing enticingly upon surfaces (Eryn Griffith)—adorn the back wall, alluding to the sumptuous and excessive manner in which the rich, idle and bored French nobility live. By focusing on a small selection of furniture pieces—a chaise longue, a table, benches and … [Read more...]

Hildas Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review.

Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review. Hilda’s Yard, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until November 5, 2016, is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of family when life becomes difficult. Norm Foster is considered to be one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, popular with theatres—community, school, university and professional—from coast to coast. … [Read more...]

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review.

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review. Sleeping Giants currently playing at William Head on Stage (in collaboration with SNAFU) is SNAFU’s founder Ingrid Hansen first introduced devised theatre to the men at William Head in 2010—the result was CHALK, a silent movement-based piece.  In the intervening years, they have gone on to imagine Fractured Fables (a series of fairy tales based on inmates' … [Read more...]