Adrian Chamberlain is a Victoria journalist who covered arts and entertainment for the Victoria Times Colonist for 30 years. He previously wrote about theatre and classical music for the Winnipeg Free Press and has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.
乐橙官网平台 Of late, romantic stories about sick young people have emerged as a distinct sub-genre. For instance, there was John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (2012), a young adult novel (subsequently a film). . .
乐橙官网平台 It’s well worth seeking out Theatre Inconnu’s sharply entertaining production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Plenty of fine things are happening in this well-rehearsed show. . .
乐橙官网平台 In the new play The Ministry of Grace, which just opened at the Belfry Theatre, a young First Nations mother is compelled to abandon her children in a Canadian residential school to take work in . . .
乐橙官网平台 Those of us bogged down by the rainy weather can find sunny solace in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. A touring version of the jukebox musical — concluding its Victoria run Sunday with two . . .
乐橙官网平台 Imagine a time when facts didn’t matter. When misguided ideology took precedence over the truth. When mass hysteria could sway the weak-minded and the world seemed to have gone mad. It may sound . . .
乐橙官网平台 Can plays about suicide be fun and life-affirming? Well, sure. Just in time for Christmas, the Belfry Theatre has opened Every Brilliant Thing. Starring the effervescent and pleasantly goofy Dawn . . .
乐橙官网平台 Victoria’s Theatre Inconnu has emerged as an alt-theatre champion in recent years, punching well above its weight with sharp little productions of oddball and (occasionally) brilliant theatre. . . .
乐橙官网平台 Brian Richmond, who directs the University of Victoria’s visually spectacular new staging of Othello, notes that the show was 12 long months in the making. I’m not surprised. Staging this tragedy —. . .
乐橙官网平台 One of the more fascinating debates fomenting in the arts today is the question of who gets to tell the story. Should only First Nations writers pen stories reflecting First Nations traditions? . . .
乐橙官网平台 Perhaps it’s something in the fall air. Of late, there has been a bumper crop of worthwhile theatre in Victoria. The latest is a rollicking revival of The 39 Steps, an Alfred Hitchcock parody now . . .
乐橙官网平台 Puccini’s Il Trittico seemingly has it all: a jealous murderous husband, a crazed suicidal nun and gut-busting Marx Brothers-style laughs. Overall, it’s a delicious dog’s breakfast of operatic . . .
乐橙官网平台 A drama about a nuclear meltdown may sound grim. Certainly Lucy Kirkwood’s 2016 play The Children is stern enough stuff, despite the dark humour leavening the journey. At the same time, the . . .
乐橙官网平台 The Victoria Fringe Festival is our city’s wonderfully lunatic love letter to theatre. The best way to tackle it is to stuff as many shows into an evening as possible. Don’t be afraid to take . . .
乐橙官网平台 Woe to those who endeavour to find fault in Rick Miller’s Boom X, a new show now playing the Belfry Theatre. The very fact the wiry dynamo pulls off his one-man extravaganza at all (he plays 100-. . .
乐橙官网平台 When it comes to playwright Henrik Ibsen, most of us are familiar with Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House. Less known is The Master Builder, a peculiar and intriguing 1892 drama being revived by Blue . . .
As the saying goes, growing old isn’t for the faint-hearted. In Ronald Harwood’s 1999 play Quartet, four aging opera singers alternatively rage against the dying of the light and trade black-humour. . .
乐橙官网平台 The winner of an Obie Award for best new American play, Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles made a big critical splash after opening in 2011. Now being revived by the Belfry Theatre, it’s an unassuming . . .
Created by Halifax’s 2b theatre company, the much-ballyhooed Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story lives up to its hype (it was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards in New York). If you can still snag a . . .
乐橙官网平台 It’s hard to believe, but the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival has reached the 10-year mark. This worthwhile annual endeavour aims to provide Victoria with smart, innovative, eclectic and, well … . . .
乐橙官网平台 His survival was an absolute miracle. In 1848, Phineas Gage worked with a blasting crew near the village of Cavendish, Vermont. A spark accidentally ignited a gunpowder charge, shooting a tamping . . .
乐橙官网平台 When everything clicks in a successful community theatre production, the results can be uniquely exhilarating. Such is the case with Langham Court Theatre’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling . . .
乐橙官网平台 If the prospect of CEO (Christmas Entertainment Overload) has you shredding your Santa hat in despair, you might enjoy a comedy being staged by Theatre Inconnu. The Fernwood company has just opened. . .
乐橙官网平台 With a murky political situation roiling south of the border and dire climate-change headlines, who wouldn’t want to follow the Man in the Chair’s lead? The Man in the Chair is the reclusive . . .
There’s a reason Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978) is acknowledged as one of the great classics of Canadian theatre. While faithfully portraying flying ace Billy Bishop as a bona fide war hero, the . . .
It was the door slam heard around the world. In Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House, Nora stumbles upon her true self and escapes a stifling marriage, shocking audiences with her melodramatic . . .
Wondering what shows to see as the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival roars into its final weekend? The hot sellers (if you can find a ticket) include War of 1812, Fake Ghost Tours 2, 5-Step Guide to. . .
乐橙官网平台 Victoria’s biggest and wildest theatre festival roars into high gear this weekend. The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, now in its 32nd season, offers 47 shows from around the world at a dozen . . .
In the Canadian theatre world, the original play Mom’s the Word was a barn-burning success. Debuting in 1995, the comedy about mom-hood — translated into 14 languages — was staged more than 10,000 . . .
乐橙官网平台 Dogs in the audience sometimes yap, helicopters and buses periodically rumble by. On occasion, a curious deer will amble in for a look. Such distractions merely add to the fun of the Greater . . .
乐橙官网平台 No doubt an enduring refrain for anyone who’s worked in theatre is: “If you only knew what happens backstage!” With this in mind, there exists a bumper crop of shows about backstage hijinx, . . .
乐橙官网平台 In the British comedy film Withnail and I, the Richard E. Grant character complains about Anton Chekhov, saying: “I loathe those Russian plays. Always full of women staring out windows, whining . . .
乐橙官网平台 Those attending Ballet Hispanico’s performance tonight at the Royal Theatre are in for an exhilarating and soul-satisfying experience. The New York-based dance company will stage works exploring . . .
乐橙官网平台 Playwright-provocateur David Mamet has said he hates it when actors and directors try to put any spin or interpretation on his plays. While he has a point, such a “sacred text” approach seems a . . .
乐橙官网平台 With the best of intentions, director Jeffrey Renn strives mightily to make Shakespeare palatable to the youngsters with his wild and wacky adaptation of The Comedy of Errors. This ambitious and . . .
乐橙官网平台 There’s a point during Atomos when video screens descend from the heavens (or in the case of the Royal Theatre, the flies). On Friday night this was greeted by a faint rustle of delight from the . . .
Are creative artists merely highfalutin con men and women? In his edgy show True Crime — now at the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival — actor-playwright-musician Torquil Campbell makes the case for . . .
Jane Austen’s enduring popularity is reflected in the countless adaptations of the novelist’s work. The pop-culture cornucopia includes films, TV shows, comic strips — there are even references to . . .
乐橙官网平台 Working out of a wee theatre in Fernwood, Theatre Inconnu has forged a reputation for staging adventuresome theatre. Past successes include Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, Shock Headed Peter and The . . .
If there ever was a greatest hit in opera, La bohème is surely it. Puccini’s 1896 creation, an audience favourite, is in constant rotation — the Metropolitan Opera has performed it more than 1,200 . . .