Tom Kerr, “a giant of a man”

Obituary of director Tom Kerr

Tom Kerr was a major force in Canadian theatre and has left an enormous legacy.

Hi everybody,

Glen Cairns, the longtime partner of theatre director and teacher Tom Kerr, wrote the tribute I’m sharing here.

Stay well,
Colin [Read more…]

Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience. The event is more rewarding than the script.

Inheritance: a pick-the-path adventure is playing at the Annex.

A treasure map: not the best choice. (Photo of Medina Hahn and Daniel Arnold by David Cooper)

Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience is more successful as a political and educational tool than it is as art — and it’s worth seeing. [Read more…]

The Wedding Party: Say “I don’t”

The Arts Club and Prairie Theatre Exchange are presenting The Wedding Party at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Luisa Jojic and Todd Thomson: these two are both very good.
(Photo by David Cooper)

It’s enough to put you off going to the theatre.

There’s some good acting in The Wedding Party, but the script is so stupid. [Read more…]

The House at Pooh Corner: a cosy address in the Hundred Acre Wood

Carousel Theatre is presenting House at Pooh Corner at the Waterfront Theatre.

Piglet (Victor Mariano), Pooh (Tom Pickett), Roo (Advah Soudack), and Tigger confer. (Photo by Tim Matheson)

My date for The House at Pooh Corner was a four-year-old whose primary language is Turkish. Just before I picked Eren up, along with his dad, he’d had a meltdown. And, despite these challenges he liked the show, which makes my review more or less irrelevant, but I enjoyed it too. [Read more…]

Best of Enemies: worth befriending

Pacific Theatre is presenting Best of Enemies.

There’s stillness in Celia Aloma’s performance. Don’t let that lull you. (Photo by Diamond’s Edge Photography)

Best of Enemies is a familiar and predictable story of a white man’s redemption, but it still matters — a great deal. And it’s true. [Read more…]

Pot Kettle Black: not as disturbing as it wants to be

 

Vagrant Players Theatre Society is presenting Pot Kettle Black at the PAL Theatre.

This bunch can act and the play is rewarding — sometimes.

There’s about half of a very good play here and 100% of an excellent cast. [Read more…]

God’s Lake: Go there

God's Lake is at Presentation House in North Vancouver.

The location stills for God’s Lake give a better sense of the show than the productions stills do.
(Photo by Ziibiwan Mahgagahbow)

It’s a tribute to the power of God’s Lake that, after the applause had died down, the audience sat quietly in the theatre for so long that stage manager Jethelo Espaldon Cabilete felt compelled to tell us that the show was over. [Read more…]

Talking Sex on Sunday: doesn’t hit the G-Spot

The Firehall Arts Centre is presenting Sara-Jeanne Hosie's Talking Sex on Sunday

There’s a lot of talent in the cast of this musical, but the book sucks.
(Photo by Emily Cooper)

Why is it so hard to develop a decent script? Show after show goes up in which the script is a mess. That’s certainly the case with Talking Sex on Sunday. [Read more…]

Steel Magnolias: Better when it’s breathing

Boone Dog Productions is presenting Steel Magnolias at The Nest.

This is when it hits. (Lalainia Lindbjerg, Ranae Miller, Gillian Barber, and Sheryl Anne Wheaton photographed by Damon Calderwood)

I ran into a pal at intermission who floated a genius idea: cast Steel Magnolias with drag queens. Playwright Robert Harling is gay after all and the characters in Steel Magnolias feel very much like women as imagined by a gay man. [Read more…]

BEEP: Incoming

Carousel Theatre is presenting Windmill Theatre's production of BEEP at the Waterfront Theatre.

Kailea-Nadine Williams and Ezra Juanta in BEEP. There are some changes in the touring cast. (Photo by Sia Duff)

There’s nothing wrong with Beep. [Read more…]

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