Reviews of the performing arts

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austin Adapted for the stage by Janet Munsil Directed by Judy Treloar Langham Court Theatre October 1-18, 2014 Reviewed by Joy Fisher “The movie wasn’t as good as the book” is a standard refrain. Whether that judgment should be applied equally to adaptations of great novels for the stage is […]


Rez issues still powerful

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October 9, 2014

The Rez Sisters By Tomson Highway Directed by Peter Hinton Performed at the Belfry Theatre Sept. 16 – Oct. 19 Reviewed by Madeline McParland In The Rez Sisters, the dark realities of Indigenous women’s lives are staged with a blend of humor and truth.  Peter Hinton has headed theatre centers and organizations from Vancouver to […]


My Rabbi A play co-created by Joel Bernbaum and Kayvon Kelly Directed by Julie McIsaac The Belfry Theatre, Sept. 16-28, 2014 Reviewed by Joy Fisher When a Jew and a Muslim walk into a bar in My Rabbi, two old friends rediscover each other. But can they revive and maintain their friendship in a time when […]


Cruel Tears/Lagrimas Crueles Blue Bridge Theatre at The Roxy Written by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, Directed by Brian Richmond Show held over until May 18, 2014 Photograph by lijc Albanese Review by Curran Dobbs  Blue Bridge’s ambitious adaptation of Cruel Tears/Lagrimas Crueles takes the 1975 musical upon which it was based, itself a modernized loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello […]


Equivocation: Telling the Truth in Dangerous Times April 25, 2014 Playwright: Bill Cain, Director: Michael Shamata Belfry Theatre, Victoria April 22-May 25: (Belfry), June 11-September 20: (Bard on the Beach) Reviewed by Joy Fisher Equivocation is a play about family told on three levels. Politics, says Shagspeare (playwright Bill Cain’s favourite spelling of Shakespeare’s name), […]


Not your average flick

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March 25, 2014

The Flick, by Annie Baker Produced by ITSAZOO Productions Presented by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre Directed by Phoenix alum Chelsea Haberlin Reviewed by Chris Ho It seems appropriate that The Flick, which takes place at “a falling apart movie theatre” in Worcester Country, MA, is being performed at the once run-down but beloved Roxy Theatre […]


Unity (1918)   Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria   March 12- March 22, 2014.   Tickets: $14 to $24. Reserve at 250-721-8000   Reviewed By Nadia Grutter   The Phoenix’s production of Unity (1918) marks a special debut for Kevin Kerr’s dark and hilarious play. This is the first time Kerr has directed his play, which won the Governor General’s Award […]


What happened was…

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March 6, 2014

What Happened Was… A play by Tom Noonan Directed by Clayton Jevne At Theatre Inconnu, ends March 8 Reviewed by Leah Callen What if you were a fly on the wall during a frictional first date?  Noonan’s play invites the audience to peep into an open window as Jackie tries to bag her co-worker Michael […]


Proud: parsing a farce

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February 7, 2014

February 7, 2013 Playwright: Michael Healey Director: Glynis Leyshon Belfry Theatre, Victoria February 4-March 9 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Photo by David Cooper When I emerged from the Belfry Theatre after seeing actor-playwright Michael Healy’s latest play, Proud, I felt confused. Something was wrong, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. Billed […]


Cabaret Book by Joe Masteroff; music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb Directed by Roger Carr Langham Court Theatre Victoria January 15-February 1  Reviewed by Joy Fisher  Some plays grow stale over time while others retain their vitality, sparkling with relevance decades after their first production. Cabaret falls into the latter category. Opening […]