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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The Seagull: Laura Torbet reviews The Birdmann

The Seagull: Laura Torbet reviews The Birdmann

This review kicks off our coverage of Uno Fest, one of our favourite theatre events on the Victoria festival calendar due to its fascinating focus. Uno Fest focuses entirely on one-person shows – performances the create an intimate connection between the audience and the actor alone on that big, empty stage. Over the course of...
A Mask for Radio: The First Twisted Radio Play

A Mask for Radio: The First Twisted Radio Play

On Saturday, This Is Twisted Theatre will be presenting the first part of a two-part show that has the geek in me very excited indeed. Rod Peter Jr. and Theo Sherman have put together an amazing cast to remount an original 1940s radio show: Batman’s Great Mystery. The production will be a live recorded radio...
Wine in the Sun: A Review of Blue Bridge's Shirley Valentine

Wine in the Sun: A Review of Blue Bridge’s Shirley Valentine

Nicola Cavendish has become synonymous in Canada with the popular, optimistic, one-woman show Shirley Valentine. She has played the role of Shirley Bradshaw now for over 20 years and for more than 600 performances. You would not be able to tell from watching her though. In last night’s performance of Shirley Valentine, the first show...
The Tweediest of Rides: Photographs of Tweed Ride 2012

The Tweediest of Rides: Photographs of Tweed Ride 2012

Last Saturday 350 Victorians got dressed up in their most Victorian garb and rode out to explore the town in the leisurely, civilized Tweed Ride. On Thursday we posted an interview with Simon Soblewski, one of the main organizers of the event. His interview got us so excited about the whole event that I felt...
Our Weekend Suggestions: May 12-13

Our Weekend Suggestions: May 12-13

Apparently we spoke too soon last week when we said the Victoria events calendar was beginning to fill up as summer approached. Unlike last weekend, this weekend is rather slow. Well, unless you love events focused on the sweet and the matronly (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So, here’s what we’re going to...
Facets of Love: An Interview with Andrew Wade

Facets of Love: An Interview with Andrew Wade

Andrew Wade is a writer that we’ve featured a number of times on West of West. He’s written essays, monologues, and short stories that have made it to our site. On Saturday evening, however, he’ll be presenting one of his most impressive projects yet. Saturday will see – as a part of the You Show...