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Review: Instant Theatre – Shakespeare After Dark! The Anniversary Show

Comedy, Culture, Events, Improv, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

June 19, 2017

With uproarious laughter and perfect comic timing, the audience was transfixed by what they saw. We had an audience with “The Bard” himself, Bartitsu and rapier fighting by Affair of Honor, an Elizabethan complements contest, an insult battle with pirate ships and pickle juice as the main insult components and Matheson the best drunk thespian they could summon.  Shakespeare After Dark is very close to being sorcery on its own, but they pull some serious magic Saturday night.  We can’t say this enough but this is absolutely some of the best improv you can see in the city.

Good and gentle bards soothed us with classic chamber music throughout the evening. Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Producer Chelsey Stuyt welcomes the audience and introduces us to the players. Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Joel Cottingham as William Shakespeare was our host! “I might call him / A thing divine, for nothing natural / I ever saw so noble.” – The Tempest Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A packed house! Full of merry gentles! Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Affair of Honor showing us stunningly choreographed Bartitsu Photo Credit Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A fair maiden receiving compliments Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

They were wooing her real good Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Pirates vs. Pickle Juice might foes in insults Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Affair of Honor and their endless rapier duel Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

It would be Shakespeare After Dark without a drunk actor. Matheson was our man of the evening. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

“I’M A DRAGON” Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

A man armed with mead is as dangerous as a man armed with sword Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Like all good Shakespearean tragedies… There is a lot of death. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Like … a lot of death… Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Did we mention there was death? Because there was. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Standing Ovation! Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Chelsey bidding us a gentle night and merry revelry. Photo Credit By Peter Joseph for Living Myth Magazine

Our contest winners enjoying alcohol and snacks!

Congratulations Instant Theatre on a successful and hilarious Shakespeare After Dark!  If you want to catch their next show it will be at The Havana on July 22nd.

 

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Brain Teasers Looks to a New Community Night for Nerds

Lifestyle, Opinion

January 27, 2015

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(Image care of the Brain Teaser Facebook Page)

The Vancouver nerd-community seems divided into two halves, if the conversations I have with friends who identify as ‘nerd’ are any indication. One group is completely unaware of the bustling hive of nerd-activity that Vancouver is, and the second half feels overwhelmed by the amount of options we have for nerdy nights out.

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Evil Dead: The Musical [Interviews & Review]

Interviews, Reviews, Showcase, Videos

October 26, 2014

There is no denying the long-standing appeal of director Sam Raimi’s trilogy of Evil Dead movies. Even more than twenty years after the last movie, fans have seen countless video games, comic books, toys, and even a 2013 remake of the original film. Another thing fans were treated to was the Canadian-created Evil Dead: The Musical, a rocking send up of the franchise’s first two chapters. (more…)

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On Death’s Door: Plague of the Zombie Syndrome [Review]

Reviews

October 14, 2014

Following Laura Sutherland’s interview with Zombie Syndrome creator Andy Thompson, we sent both Laura and Amanda Miller out to catch the opening week to get each of their thoughts on the show’s third incarnation, On Death’s Door.

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Herm and Gertie – Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014

Reviews

September 11, 2014

Sept-CITY-Fringe-Herm-and-GertieOne of the most unique experiences I had at the Vancouver Fringe this year was certainly Brain Apple Theatre’s Herm and Gertie, a post-apocalyptic re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

Herm and Gertie is different than most theatre experiences because it is staged at Granville Island’s Sculpture Grove at the Ron Basford Park. The action happens all around the audience members as the actors use the surrounding terrain. But it doesn’t end there. Audience members even walk in the main characters’ shoes as for a portion of the show, they are blindfolded and led in a line while hanging on to a rope. During that time, the story continues, experienced purely by ear. Being a public venue, it was a little difficult to keep into a story that is supposed to be taking place in a desolate, unpopulated future when the bustle of Granville Island is happening around you, but this is weighted more to the show’s opening which was still in daylight. As the show moves to a more secluded area and it got later in the night this became much less of an issue. (more…)

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Lascivious Something – Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014

Reviews

September 9, 2014

Lascivious Something, on the surface, is about a love triangle in a scenic vineyard in Greece. It sounded like I was heading straight into some Nicholas Sparks territory going in. I was thankfully very wrong as the play proved to be on of the more challenging dramas I would see at The Fringe this year. (more…)

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Late-Night Double Feature – Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014

Reviews

September 8, 2014

For a decade, Spectral Theatre Society haunted stages across Vancouver with genre tales ranging from horror, fantasy and science fiction. Now after a brief hiatus, Spectral has returned to the scene at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival with a greatest hits package of shorts. They have relaunched with their classic summer tradition, the Late-Night Double Feature: two spooky one-act plays, much like a grindhouse drive-in double feature crossed with The Twilight Zone. And this run’s two-for-one is a pair of Spectral’s most beloved stories. (more…)

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Bard on the Beach: The Tempest

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July 7, 2014

If you’re curious about Bard on the Beach but have always found reasons not to go, my advice to you is this: abandon those reasons. This is the best year to start. And a big part of that is their production of The Tempest, directed by Meg Roe.

For anyone unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s final play, here’s a quick summary: Prospero is an old magician who lives on an island with his teenaged daughter Miranda. He was once the Duke of Milan, but was deposed by his brother Antonio with the help of Alonso, the King of Naples. Now Prospero rules over this small island and its inhabitants: Caliban, the twisted son of a hag, and Ariel, a powerful spirit of the air. As the play opens, Prospero calls down a tempest on a ship carrying his enemies, Antonio and Alonso, along with Alonso’s teenaged son Ferdinand. Through much magic and trickery, Prospero works to lay his enemies low and bring Miranda and Ferdinand together. But there are other conspiracies in play that would bring the old wizard down instead, and Prospero is forced to choose between vengeance and virtue. (more…)

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