Spring Awakening by Company C, October 21-November 2, 2014. A review.

Spring Awakening by Company C, October 21-November 2, 2014. Presented at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria BC. Edgy and frank, with catchy and raw tunes that remain days later, Spring Awakening (the current Company C/Canadian College of Performing Arts production at the Belfry Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014) takes us back in an instant to the chaotic days of our adolescence. Based on Frank Wedekind’s scandalous (and later banned) 1890 … [Read more...]

Gaslight at Blue Bridge Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014. A review.

Gaslight, currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s Roxy (in Quadra Village), October 21-November 2, 2014 is an intense game of cat-and-mouse that will have you perched on the edge of your seat. Written in 1936 in the style of a Victorian thriller, but bearing none of the signature over-the-top melodrama, Patrick Hamilton’s classic harkens back to a simpler time while retaining a modern sensibility in the script. It becomes apparent soon … [Read more...]

The Extemporium by Paper Street Theatre October 22-25 2014. A review.

The Extemporium by Paper Street Theatre, October 22-25 2014. A review. Improvisation so expertly executed as to appear scripted. In fact, the actors of Paper Street Theatre have great difficulty at times in dissuading audience members from the notion that it is. What is the secret to this seemingly effortless endeavour?  Preparation—months and months of studying the works of the author (or genre)—in this case, Franz Kafka—and playing with … [Read more...]

Gaslight at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with cast members Adrian Hough and Wes Borg.

Gaslight by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre October 21-November 2, 2014. Interview with  cast members Adrian Hough and Wes Borg. Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre opens their seventh season (the second in the Roxy Theatre in Quadra Village) with the classic Victorian thriller Gaslight. Originally written by Patrick Hamilton in 1938, it received wide recognition for the film version featuring Ingrid Bergman  and  Charles Boyer. Adrian Hough joins … [Read more...]

Time Waits For No One at William Head On Stage (WHoS). A review.

Time Waits For No One at William Head On Stage (WHoS). A review. October 10-November 8, 2014. Filled with a sense of magical realism and wonder, Time Waits for No One (A Prison Play), currently at William Head Onstage (WHoS) October 10 to November 8, 2014—a joint production of the Prison Arts Collective and the inmates at this federal institution—brims with equal measures of fantasy and the hard-won lessons of life. From the moment the … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge Theatre announces Cast and Creative for Gaslight October 21-November 2, 2014

Blue Bridge Theatre announces cast and creative for Gaslight October 21-November 2, 2014. Victoria BC.  (media release) Media Release Gaslight  to star Thea Gill and Adrian Hough  A star studded cast has been lined up to open Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre's seventh season with its upcoming production of Patrick Hamilton's 1938 classic Victorian thriller Gaslight. The first show of the theatre's 2014-15 season will see the return of … [Read more...]

Steel Magnolias at St Luke’s Players October 8-19, 2014. A Review.

Steel Magnolias at St Luke's Players October 8-19, 2014. A review. Steel Magnolias currently at St Luke’s Players (October 8-19, 2014), written by Robert Harlin in 1989 and based on his real-life experience and family tragedy, has lost none of its charm or poignancy. At a time when many city dwellers struggle to find satisfactory “third places” to connect on a regular basis, where coffee shops have replaced churches, this story of six … [Read more...]

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. UVic Phoenix Spotlight on Alumni October 9-18 2014. A review.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the current UVic Phoenix “Spotlight on Alumni” (October 9-18, 2014) is a vigourous and spiritied re-telling of the timeless classic by CS Lewis. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of this show, two additional performances have been added October 24th at 8pm and October 25th at 2pm. Starring UVic grads Mack Gordon (BFA ’08) and Kaitlin Williams (BFA ’09) this production is a 90 minute adaptation by Ron … [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...]

Baby With The Bathwater at Theatre Inconnu October 2-18, 2014. A review.

Baby With the Bathwater at Theatre Inconnu October 2-18, 2014. A review. Christopher Durang’s Baby With the Bathwater, currently playing at Theatre Inconnu (October 2nd-18th) is horrifyingly funny, played to gloriously absurd perfection by an accomplished cast under the deft and supple direction of Clayton Jevne. Written in 1983, this celebrated playwright’s dark comedy touches on the issue of child abuse through the detachment of … [Read more...]