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The Incompleat Folksinger at the Firehall Arts Centre
by Elaine Harder

In the one-man show The Incompleat Folk Singer, Victoria-based actor Mark Hellman gives a solid performance in his rendition of the life and times of political activist / folksinger, Pete Seeger. The show, which was produced by The Other Guys Theatre Company—with artistic direction by Ross Desprez, musical direction by Tobin Stokes, and lighting design by Rebekah Johnson—was based on Deprez and Hellman’s adaptation of Seeger’s 1992 autobiography, The Incompleat Folksinger. continued...

God and the Indian at the Firehall Arts Centre
by Elaine Harder

Where there is a will for reconciliation there is a way. And where there is an opportunity to speak the truth there is Drew Hayden Taylor. As an Ojibwa playwright, and an advocate for his people, Taylor speaks up about the injustices forged against the First Nations Peoples of Canada, in the theatrical production of God and the Indian, recently remounted at Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre. continued...

Miss Shakespeare at Performance Works
by Elaine Harder

In the world premier of the musical Miss Shakespeare, The Escape Artists take to the stage at Granville Island’s Performance Works giving a solid performance that takes us back to the Elizabethan period. With script and lyrics by Tracey Power and music co-written with Steve Charles, Miss Shakespeare tells the tale of a time when women players went unseen and one woman—a playwright in the making—made inroads to bringing women to the stage and to changing history forever. continued...

Business Casual: The Benjamins at Little Mountain Gallery
by Mike Dahlke

On Friday February 20th I had the opportunity to see the local improv group, The Benjamins, at the Little Mountain Gallery. If I could describe the event in only three words it would be, energetic, sassy and upbeat. continued...

Evil Dead: The Musical at the Norman Rothstein Theatre
by Jamie Cessford

Evil Dead: The Musical is basically an interpretation of the first two movies, with the emphasis on the funny, unlike first movie that was not initially a comedy. The plot of the musical is the combination of Evil Dead 1 and 2 as well as a little bit of Army of Darkness. Evil Dead fits the musical format quite well and the songs are an essential part of the story, especially if you did not see the movies. continued...

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