[Phoenix-eNews] BackstagePASS > Update: "One word: BRILLIANT!" - Lion in the Streets Reviews, Photos & Lecture

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BackstagePASS >Update

Lion in the Streets continues at the Phoenix Theatre this week. With the incredible reviews pouring in from the media, tickets are going fast!


  *   Wednesday February 18 is currently the best night to get the best seats. Everything else is looking pretty full, but...
  *   Ask about standby tickets for the possibility of last minute admission to shows on any night.

[http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/_enews/2014-2015/images//conrad_lion-300x199.jpg]Listen Up:
Director's talk

Click below to listen online to faculty member and director Conrad Alexandrowicz talk about the history of Judith Thompson's award-winning play and his process of collaborating with the actors to develop this production.

  *   Listen to the conversation online now:  [http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/season/2013-2014/rss-audiomp3.png] <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix/season/2014-2015/Lion-In-The-Streets/Streets-PreshowLecture.mp3>

In the press: "Brilliant" reviews for Lion in the Streets!

It’s another strong batch of reviews for our latest production, Lion in the Streets. “Brilliant,” “brave and intrepid” and “tremendously successful” are just a few of the accolades that have been rolling in from local theatre reviewers. Professor Conrad Alexandrowicz uses his extensive background in physical theatre to fuel his compelling direction of Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s award-winning play.

CBC Victoria - On the Island

[http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/_enews/2014-2015/images/_DSC6626-SueDance.jpg]CBC Radio’s On The Island theatre reviewer David Lennam was utterly effusive in his praise for the production, the cast and the direction, noting he could describe it in “one word: BRILLIANT". It’s simply one of the best productions of the year.”Lennam praised the “really professional ensemble acting” and director Alexandrowicz‘s “lively, emotionaly gripping direction.” You can listen to the full review here<https://soundcloud.com/cbcvictoria/theatre-reviewer-david-lennam-on-lion-in-the-streets-ride-the-cyclone>.

Times Colonist Review: 4 out of 5 stars!

Times Colonist theatre critic Adrian Chamberlain gave the show four out of five stars in this review<http://www.timescolonist.com/play-gives-voice-to-our-darkest-secret-thoughts-1.1761799>, noting “the production, skilfully directed . . . offers a variant on magic realism. Scenes begin in a naturalistic manner, then shift to a nightmarish realm as Thompson plunges into unconscious worlds. This is where the playwright is at her best—her subterranean visions are unrelentingly honest, brave and highly imaginative . . .”

Chamberlain also praised Alexandrowicz’s direction. “The directorial approach, here and elsewhere, is tremendously successful . . . . Alexandrowicz has a thorough understanding of the play—the extra physicality adds much.”[http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/_enews/2014-2015/images/_DSC6516-Lion-Ensemble.jpg]

Summing up, Chamberlain felt “this is one of the most consistently strong student casts in recent memory . . . . this show will be enjoyed by open-minded, intelligent audiences. It’s not easily forgettable . . . . the excellence of the production makes it all worthwhile.”

Janis La Couvée

Local theatre blogger Janis LaCouvee also felt the entire production was top drawer in this review<http://janislacouvee.com/lion-streets-uvic-phoenix-theatre-february-12-21-2015-review/>, noting “cast and crew have succeeded beyond measure.

Lion in the Streets is dark, disturbing, revelatory and illuminating—it demands an audience equally as brave and intrepid.”

LaCouvee also praised thedesign elements of the show, singling out Colette Habel’s “brooding sound design [which] immediately sets a mood of disquiet and unease, a portent of the tales to come” and Allan Stichbury’s set “[which] oozes muck and mire with sculpted floors and chairs.”

[http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/_enews/2014-2015/images/_DSC6604-Lions-sextalk.jpg]She also noted Bryan Kenney‘s lighting was “dark, with narrow slivers of illumination, focusing attention” and his projections were “reminiscent of a child’s drawings, pulling the audience into a world seen through Isabelle’s eyes.” Costume designs by Emma Welsh which “bring in elements of the period to punctuate the often-monochromatic colour scheme.”

Also check out these other media iterviews:

  *   Adam Sawatsky of CTV Vancouver Island gets a sneak preview of the show. <http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=550676&binId=1.1192659&playlistPageNum=1> (starts approx. 5:28 minute)
  *   Times Colonist speaks to playwright<http://www.timescolonist.com/young-actors-unfazed-by-disturbing-themes-of-lion-in-the-streets-1.1759812> Judith Thompson about the historical influences of Lion in the Streets (February 11)
  *   Oak Bay News covered the play <http://www.oakbaynews.com/entertainment/291103331.html> (February 10)
  *   CHEK TV's weekend round up of theatre<http://www.cheknews.ca/numerous-live-productions-stage-month-gordie-tupper-checks/> with Gordie Tupper profiled Lion in the Streets cast and an interview with Conrad Alexandrowicz.

More Production Photos!

The photos from this show are amazing, thanks to our photographer David Lowes. We've posted a larger selection of images on our Phoenix Theatre Facebook site<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.784675258255063.1073741833.133486040040658&type=3>. Click by and see some more! (And while you're there, LIKE our page to see when new information is posted!)

PHOTO CREDITS: Photos by David Lowes, Art Studio 21.<http://www.artstudio21photography.com/>


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