Joy Fisher

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By Joy Fisher The Playwrights Guild of Canada announced a new initiative at its annual general meeting in Montreal recently aimed at redressing the chronic underrepresentation of women in key creative positions in Canadian theatre. The Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative will call on the theatre community as a whole to respond to gender inequities […]

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By Joy Fisher The Playwrights Guild of Canada at its annual general meeting in Montreal recently turned its focus to redressing the chronic underrepresentation of women in key creative positions in Canadian theatre. The Equity in Theatre (EIT) initiative will call on the theatre community as a whole to respond to gender inequities in the […]

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Fists Upon a Star By Florence Bean James with Jean Freeman University of Regina Press 298 pages, $34.98 Reviewed by Joy Fisher If you like true stories about strong women, you’ll like this book. If you’re interested in live theatre, this book will engage you. If you have a vague notion that it’s important to […]

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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), […]

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By Joy Fisher Undaunted by winter weather, a small contingent of intrepid writers from Victoria boarded the Clipper for its morning run to Seattle recently to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference. Joined by a smattering of Canadian writers who rolled in from Vancouver and flew in from points east, […]

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By Joy Fisher Vancouver writer Daphne Marlatt took her audience on a flaneurial stroll through the history of her city and its influence on her poetry and prose in the Lansdowne Lecture that opened the Second Annual Malahat Review Spring Symposium, WordsThaw at the University of Victoria recently. Aided by archival photographs by Philip Timm […]

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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 […]

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