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.
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 . . .