Reviews of the performing arts

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ignorance: the evolution of happiness A play created by the Old Trout Puppet Theatre Directed by Pete Balkwill, Pityu Kenderes and Judd Palmer Blue Bridge at the Roxy  January 7-19 Reviewed by Joy Fisher Shortly after I took my seat in the third row of the Roxy Theatre, uniformed middle-school students came marching in to […]

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Home is a Beautiful Word A play collected and edited by Joel Bernbaum Directed by Michael Shamata The Belfry Theatre, Victoria January 7-19, 2014 Reviewed by Joy Fisher The complexity of homelessness in Victoria B.C. shines like a multifaceted gemstone catching the sun one facet at a time in the world premiere production of Home […]

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Play refuses easy solutions

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November 10, 2013

Armstrong’s War By Colleen Murphy Directed by Mindy Parfitt  Revue Stage,  Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver  (World Premiere, Oct. 17 – Nov. 9/13) Reviewed by Joy Fisher When 12-year-old Halley Armstrong comes to the hospital room to read to a convalescing Afghanistan veteran, he tries to send her away. But she won’t take no for an […]

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Cleese kept crowd engaged

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October 21, 2013

By Curran Dobbs A master of black humour and vocal critic of “mindless good taste,” British actor John Cleese was nonetheless a class act in his one-man show, “Last Time to See Before I Die” at the McPherson Playhouse recently. The show, while continuously infused with Cleesian wit, wasn’t strictly comedic. Regaling the audience with […]

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 Falstaff  At Theatre Inconnu  Starring Clayton Jevne  Adapted by Clayton Jevne from Robert Nye’s novel  Oct. 4 – 19th   Reviewed by Leah Callen    Sex!  And now that Falstaff has your attention, let the laughter guide you somewhere unexpectedly divine.  Clayton Jevne is incredibly authentic as he fills the boots of John Fastolf, a […]

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Uncle Vanya Written by Anton Chekhov Directed by Brian Richmond Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre @ the McPherson Playhouse Until June 16th Reviewed by Leah Callen In Uncle Vanya, life is a painful operation that begs for morphine, and the woods are heavy with sadness. When a famous professor and his young wife arrive on their […]

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Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII @ The Uno Festival, Intrepid Theatre Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone Starring Tara Travis May 29-June 1 Reviewed by Leah Callen Tara Travis performs a theatrical feat in Til Death as she channels seven ghosts: Henry VIII and his six wives. The former queens of England, […]

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