theatre review

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 […]


True West a true hit

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November 23, 2013

True West by Sam Shepard Directed by Britt Small November 19 – December 1, 2013 The Roxy Theatre Nadia Grutter “Did they do a good job of it?” someone asked me after I saw Blue Bridge Theatre’s November 19, 2013 rendition of Sam Shephard’s True West. Absolutely, was my reply. The play was one of the […]


A Tender Thing by Ben Power Directed by Peter Hinton November 5- December 8, 2013 The Belfry Theatre Review by Nadia Grutter “Give me the light.” Lights up on Romeo as an aged man. He stands with his hands open by his sides, eyes fixed on his gaunt beloved. Juliet lies in a queen-sized, covers […]


 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 […]


The Golden Dragon Theatre Inconnu until May 18, 2013 Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham Directed by Clayton Jevne Reviewed by Leah Callen When I sat down in the theatre, I had a bag of sugar-coated Fuzzy Peaches in my purse–candy that I sucked on as I walked to Fernwood. Little did I […]

Maladjusted Theatre for Living March 8-24 Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver Ended March 24, 2013 Reviewed by Mark Leiren-Young Almost thirty years ago David Diamond began drawing inspiration from global theatrical innovator Augusto Boal, creator of “Theatre of the Oppressed,” to inspire his work with Vancouver’s Headlines Theatre. After working with Boal–one of a handful of […]

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Phoenix Theatre Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner Directed by Fran Gebhard Ends March 23 Reviewed by Leah Callen From the first puffy cloud, there was something unsettling about this musical take on the Peanuts gang. As […]

The 39 Steps Langham Court Theatre Directed by Keigh Digby and Cynthia Pronick Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock and John Buchan Ends March 23, 2013 Reviewed by Leah Callen Langham Court’s The 39 Steps is North by Northwest meets Laurel and Hardy. One part old Hollywood and two parts vaudeville, it gives a […]

Love is blind, s***head.

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February 22, 2013

Reasons to be Pretty @ The Phoenix Written by Neil Labute Directed by Christine Willes Feb 14-23  Reviewed by Leah Callen Reasons to be Pretty presents a world where people change relationships as easily as they shed overalls. Here, men and women take swings at each other while searching for their ideal other. Reasons to […]