The Gin Game at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre March 15-27, 2016. A review.

The Gin Game at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre March 15-27, 2016. A review. The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn currently onstage at Blue Bridge Theatre at the Roxy (March 15-27, 2016) is an apt illustration of the aphorism “how you do one thing is how you do everything”. Weller Martin (Scott Hylands) has a penchant for gin rummy—alone on the porch of a down-at-the-heels nursing home (design—Laurin Kelsey), he attempts to win over the new arrival, … [Read more...]

Bent by Martin Sherman. A fundraiser for the Victoria Refugee Initiative. March 3-6 2016. Interview.

Bent by Martin Sherman. A fundraiser for the Victoria Refugee Initiative. March 3-6 2016. Interview. Local actor Trevor Hinton (Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream--Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival; Waiting for Godot--Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre) is one of the core members of a group of citizens (the Victoria Refugee Initiative) who have formed a constituency group to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees to Victoria. The local … [Read more...]

Matt and Ben presented by Atomic Vaudeville November 10-15, 2015. A review.

Matt and Ben presented by Atomic Vaudeville November 10-15, 2015. A review. How is it that a short (slightly over an hour) Fringe play exploring the “bromance” of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, written in 2002 by Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Project) and Brenda Withers, developed such legs, and is still being produced 13 years later in cities from Chicago to Calgary and now—Victoria? For the answer to this question, fans of the … [Read more...]

Waiting for Godot at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Jacob Richmond.

Waiting for Godot at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with director Jacob Richmond. March 3-15, 2015. Victoria BC. Waiting for Godot has been called the most significant English language play of the 20th century. Written by the great Irish playwright Samuel Beckett in 1949, first in French and then translated by the playwright into English, it had its premiere in 1953 at the Théâtre Babylone in Paris. A “tragi-comedy”, it was one of … [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...]

Judy! The Judy Garland Story at Blue Bridge Theatre. Interview with Tracey Moore.

Judy, the Judy Garland Story, written by gifted Canadian playwright Paul Ledoux in 1980, continues to fascinate. “Judy Garland said she wanted to give her audiences blood”, declares Tracey Moore of her role in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s upcoming summer production (July 15-27). “She was brilliant in her ability to present her bare heart—and people loved her for it. Today’s musical environment presents us with stylized sound bites but … [Read more...]

Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears by Blue Bridge Repertory and Puente Theatre April 29-May 11,2014. A review.

Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears by Blue Bridge Repertory and Puente Theatre April 29-May 11,2014. A review. In their most ambitious undertaking to date, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with Puente Theatre, incorporates the elements of Ken Mitchell’s original musical Cruel Tears and re-casts it on the Texas side of the Texas Mexico border. Cruel Tears was originally staged in 1975 by Brian Richmond (Blue Bridge Theatre’s current … [Read more...]

Lágrimas Crueles at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with music director Tim Williams.

Lágrimas Crueles at Blue Bridge Theatre. Interview with music director Tim Williams. Tim Williams, the music director for the upcoming Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre production of Lágrimas Crueles/Cruel Tears grew up in California exposed to Mexican American culture—it made him the perfect choice for this adaptation (by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét of Puente Theatre) of Ken Mitchell’s 1974 Canadian classic—Cruel Tears. Williams admits to being … [Read more...]

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces Cast and Creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre announces cast and creative for Làgrimas Crueles Cruel Tears (media release).   From Elizabethan England to our own times, the story of Othello has fascinated generations of playwrights over several centuries and in several countries. The newest playwright to adapt this classic story of racial and gender tension will be Puente Theatre's Artistic Director Mercedes Bátiz-Benét in a musical she is titling … [Read more...]

The Flick by Itsazoo Productions at Blue Bridge’s Roxy Theatre March 18-30, 2014. A review.

The Flick by Itsazoo Productions at Blue Bridge's Roxy Theatre March 18-30, 2014. A review. The Flick by Vancouver’s Itsazoo Productions—currently at Blue Bridge’s Roxy Theatre until March 30, 2014—is a powerful illustration of a generation stuck between adolescence and adulthood. Sam (Chris Cochrane), Avery (Jesse Reid) and Rose (Kate Richard) work at a single screen movie house that is on the skids.  Their lives are filled with the tedium … [Read more...]