The B Movie Lives!: Blue Bridge's Little Shop of Horrors

The B Movie Lives!: Blue Bridge’s Little Shop of Horrors

Over the last four seasons, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre has developed a reputation for accomplished productions of classic dramatic works. Though each of their seasons has included comedies, Blue Bridge’s fame has rested on shows like Death of a Salesman or (this season’s) Of Mice and Men – serious theatre...
A Classic Comes to Life: Blue Bridge's Of Mice and Men

A Classic Comes to Life: Blue Bridge’s Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men is a classic of American modernist fiction. Steinbeck’s original novella has become an iconic and cherished cry for the working man’s life. Worse even than that, it has become a high school curriculum mainstay the world over. This means that Blue Bridge Theatre has taken on...
Batman returns to Victoria: A review of Batman's Great Mystery Part I

Batman returns to Victoria: A review of Batman’s Great Mystery Part I

Radio dramas had an all too brief heyday in the first half of the last century. Developed in the 1920s, the radio play had becme the number one entertainment format in North America by the 1940s before starting a long, slow slide with the rise of television in the 1950s....
Love and War: A Review of Blue Bridge's Arms and the Man

Love and War: A Review of Blue Bridge’s Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man was one of George Bernard Shaw’s first stage successes. When it first premiered, on April 21, 1894, it was met with a long standing ovation. When the crowd slowly began to quiet down, one solitary man could be heard hissing in the crowd. Shaw’s immediate response...
Langham's Southern Hospitality: An Interview with Toshik Bukowiecki

Langham’s Southern Hospitality: An Interview with Toshik Bukowiecki

Langham Court Theatre’s upcoming production, The Foreigner, is a perennial comedy favourite. The play centres on two Englishmen staying at a Georgian fishing lodge. One of the men, Charlie, has recently broken up with his wife and is so shy that he does not want to talk to anyone. To...
The Director of Colour

The Director of Colour

A few weeks ago, West of West got a chance to talk to Heather Jarvie about her upcoming production of 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible as well as the show she was about to put on of some her latest paintings. You see, Heather is a bit of a Jill of...
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Southern Charm - Reviewing Langham's The Foreigner

Southern Charm – Reviewing Langham’s The Foreigner

Langham Court Theatre’s latest outing, The Foreigner, is an entertaining romp with a large dollop of British farce, even though it was written and set in the U.S. The plot is more than a little silly and surreal but Langham’s production, direction, and acting easily carry the weaknesses of plot and plausibility, making this an...
Esmerelda!: Tom Stuart reviews Photobooth

Esmerelda!: Tom Stuart reviews Photobooth

Most actors live in mortal fear of the thought of getting up on stage and finding that they have completely blanked, that they have no idea of their lines or the plot or anything other than the fact that they are standing alone on the stage with a crowd staring at them. Dave Morris does...
The Revolutionary's Story: Chelsea Rowley reviews Blue Box

The Revolutionary’s Story: Chelsea Rowley reviews Blue Box

We left some of the best for last in our reviews of Uno Fest. We mentioned Blue Box, the one-person show by Canada Reads winner Carmen Aguirre, in our Weekend Suggestions and it didn’t disappoint. Aguirre’s show documents the amazing story of her life, beginning with her life as a child of revolutionaries in South...
Bag Pipes and Drag Queens: Laura Torbet reviews God is a Scottish Drag Queen

Bag Pipes and Drag Queens: Laura Torbet reviews God is a Scottish Drag Queen

We are continuing West of West’s coverage of Uno Fest with one of Victoria’s favourite sons’, Michael Delamont’s, Fringe hit God is a Scottish Drag Queen. Uno Fest focuses entirely on one-person shows – performances that create an intimate connection between the audience and the actor alone on that big, empty stage. Over the course...
Alligators and Ducks: Laura Torbet reviews Adversary

Alligators and Ducks: Laura Torbet reviews Adversary

Today we are continuing our Uno Fest coverage with Andrew Bailey’s Adversary. Andrew Bailey is a local writer, monologist, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his Fringe show Limbo and his work with Atomic Vaudeville. Now, this review is a little bit different from the others that we have done here. Our good...
The Minstrel Comes to Town: A Review of Canterbury Cocktails

The Minstrel Comes to Town: A Review of Canterbury Cocktails

Continuing West of West’s coverage of Uno Fest, we are turning our sites on Julian Cervello’s award-winning, Pick of the Fringe production Canterbury Cocktails. For those unfamiliar with Uno Fest in general, it focuses entirely on one-person shows – performances that create an intimate connection between the audience and the actor alone on that big,...