Reviews of the performing arts

Cock By Mike Bartlett Directed by David MacPherson Theatre Inconnu May 5 – May 23 Reviewed by Joy Fisher What do you think of when you hear the word “cock?” English playwright Mike Bartlett had at least three meanings in mind when he wrote the play Cock, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in […]


The God that Comes Co-created by Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry Directed by Christian Barry  Belfry Theatre Spark Festival, March 17-22 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Five years ago, disgruntled by changes under the Harper government (“It wasn’t the Canada I’d grown up in anymore”) playwright Christian Barry chanced on a copy of The Bacchae by Euripides. He […]


Waiting for Godot By Samuel Beckett Directed by Jacob Richmond Blue Bridge at the Roxy March 3 – 15 Reviewed by Joy Fisher When Waiting for Godot premiered in England in 1955, the director, Peter Hall, admitted he wasn’t sure what it was about. Nor was the audience. Some people loved the play; others walked […]


Lion In The Streets By Judith Thompson Directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria February 12-21, 2015 Reviewed by Madeline McParland Celebrated Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s Lion In The Streets premiered 25 years ago to immediate acclaim. Set in an ethnic Toronto neighbourhood, the play is a series of interconnected stories that explores […]


The Best Brothers By Daniel MacIvor Directed by Glynis Leyshon How to Disappear Completely Co-created by Itai Erdal, James Long, Anita Rochon and Emelia Symington Fedy Directed by James Long Belfry Theatre January 27 – March 1 Reviewed by Joy Fisher The Best Brothers and How to Disappear Completely, a pair of one-acts currently on […]


Alice Co-created by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan and Paul Schmidt Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass  Directed by Clayton Jevne, Theatre Inconnu Through Dec. 20 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Even before the Canadian premiere of Alice at Theatre Inconnu begins, artist Robert Randall’s illustrations of a dissolute man, […]


Saint Joan By George Bernard Shaw Directed by Kim Collier Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Playing through Nov. 23 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Before the audience ever sees Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, we learn some things about her. The best hens in Champagne have stopped laying while she is kept waiting […]

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Gaslight By Patrick Hamilton   Directed by Brian Richmond Blue Bridge at the Roxy October 21 to November 2 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Thankfully, I have never been involved in a psychologically abusive relationship, but, as United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said of pornography: “I know it when I see it.” I […]


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Adapted by Ron Reed from C.S Lewis’ Novel Starring Mark Gordon and Kaitlin Williams The Phoenix Theatre Two added shows: Oct. 24 and 25  Reviewed by Madeline McParland Phoenix Theatre alumni Mark Gordon and Kaitlin Williams have been touring The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the past […]


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October 17, 2014

Baby with the Bathwater By Christopher Durang Directed by Clayton Jevne at Theatre Inconnu Until October 18 Reviewed by Leah Callen Welcome into the cozy crib of the Dingleberries, the most dysfunctional couple on the block. In this dark parody on parenting, Helen and John start out terrified of raising their child the wrong way. […]