Theatre alums reflect as 50th annual Alumni Festival unfolds

The Phoenix Theatre is bringing back three successful alumni to perform this year for the 50th annual Alumni Festival, which is running through to Oct. 29. “These artists have travelled…

‘The Mating Dance of the Werewolf’s’ noir style makes for hair-raising theatre

It was with trepid anticipation that I attended a performance of The Mating Dance of the Werewolf at the Innconu Theatre, written by Mark Stein, directed by Wendy Merk and…

William Head on Stage marks 35th year with ‘Sleeping Giants’

There’s a certain amount of fear involved when going to the theatre. It’s one of the most ‘live’ forms of art there is — if something goes wrong, there’s no way to…

‘The Last Wife’ gives Katherine Parr the last word in royal drama

Before The Last Wife unfolds, the program notes history buffs should cool it, as many liberties were taken with the events depicted on stage. Canadian playwright Kate Hennig wants drama,…

Victoria Fringe 2016: ‘Art of the Eight Limbs’ weaves disparate threads into a satisfying whole

This is a review of Art of the Eight Limbs. Check out our preview, published Aug. 23, for more on the play’s production. Art of the Eight Limbs, part of the Victoria Fringe…

Victoria Fringe 2016: ‘Birdwatching’ blends dreams and reality for surreal performance

There is nothing unusual about UVic students participating in the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival. Since its arrival in Victoria in 1986, the festival has often featured UVic talent: Just last…

Victoria Fringe 2016: Puppets get personal in ‘Does Not Play Well With Others’

What do the lives of children’s puppeteers look like when they step off stage? It’s a question Toronto-based puppeteers and performers Kira Hall and Adam Francis Proulx examine in Does…

Victoria Fringe 2016: ‘Art of the Eight Limbs’ brings diversity to the fore

“Crustaceous but vulnerable” is how Chase Hiebert describes a character in Art of the Eight Limbs, a play he is directing for the Victoria Fringe Festival, which kicks off this…

Summer & Smoke makes the most of the smallest details

“Like a water lily on a Chinese lagoon” was exactly how I felt at the conclusion of Summer & Smoke as the actors took their bows and the audience clapped…

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