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.
I’ve had the same leather case for years. It’s a battered relic: creased and scuffed, with a faded ‘89 Jazz Fest sticker. The case has accompanied me to every show I’ve reviewed over three decades.. . .
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). . .
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 . . .
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 —. . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . .
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. . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .