[Phoenix-eNews] Phoenix Update > The Inspector: "The Phoenix Knows How to Poke Fun!"

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	March 2017  • Act 10 Scene 9

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    *BackstagePASS >Update*

It's the final week for /*The Inspector */and we wanted to share some 
great media interviews and reviews with you, as well as our lecture 
podcast, more photos and our new Inspector video!

      *Inspector Ticket Tips

  * March 14: Tuesday (tonight!) is the best night for best seating
  * March 16: Thursday is sold out!
  * Other nights this week are very full. Call soon!
  * March 18: Saturday matinee at 2pm with sign language interpretation.

      Listen Up: Lecture Podcast

Missed the freshow lecture last Friday? Listen to director Linda Hardy 
and the team of designers for The Inspector, discuss their process of 
creating this unique Victoria show. Listen to the pre-show lecturehere: 


      *In the press:*

      *Interviews and Stories about /The Inspector/*

Linda Hardy was interviewed by several newspapers this past week. Read 
more about her inspiration for adapting the 19th century Russian satire.

  * Russian satire reimagined for Victoria
    (TC March 9)
  * Floatie family features in Phoenix offering
    <http://www.oakbaynews.com/entertainment/415620984.html>(Oak Bay
    News March 8)
  * Spotlight on The Inspector
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LZhviDFWqY>(SHAW TV video March 9)

      *Media Reviews of /The Inspector/**

*Monday Magazine: /The Phoenix Knows How to Poke Fun/ 
Highlights from the review by Sheila Martindale
Posted March 10, 2017

City; the sewage saga; the Senator scandal; bridge replacement late and 
over-budget; the proliferation of pot shops – *does any of this sound 
familiar? */

/Welcome to Linda Hardy’s *clever adaptation of *Gogol’s nineteenth 
century play The Inspector./...

*/We instantly recognize Victoria /*/by the lamp standards and flower 
baskets, with a few homeless people sleeping on the stage./

/*When the action gets going it is fast and loud.* The stage is busy as 
the 19 cast members crowd it with their protest signs, their exaggerated 
clothing and their bicycles. ... *this is a high-octane performance 
which leaves us a little breathless.*/

/Enter Sidney Riley Best, a politician’s son sent west for a while to 
avoid embarrassing his father in Ottawa ... and the*fun really begins.*/

*Nicholas /Guerreiro /*(shown left)*/is outstanding as this charming 
layabout, /*/who unwittingly bamboozles everyone... Everyone on stage 
plays excellent parts, all in charge of their interesting and 
well-defined characters./

*/A note of praise for the stage management:/*/the sets are changed with 
precision, all in time with catchy music, and miraculously without 
anyone tripping over or bumping into anyone else./

*Janis La Couvée.com
of the review by Theatre blogger Janis La Couvée
Posted March 10, 2017

/"Politics is politics, whether Russia in 1836 or Victoria in 2017... /

/*Anyone even vaguely connected to current issues will chuckle*, and 
those with more of a bent for community activism are *sure to guffaw 
from beginning to end.*/

/Hardy admits to freely plundering the local “letters to the editor” 
section of the newspaper for material...*The foibles and follies of 
Paradise are laid out for all to see. *Bike lanes, parking, sewage 
treatment, marijuana dispensaries, tent city and bylaw enforcement 
figure prominently./

/Set designer *Delaney Tesch utilizes the Roger Bishop Theatre to 
maximum effect*—featuring large interspersed panels bedecked in ivy; 
bamboo greenery flies down from above to create the lush gardens ... the 
panels **reverse to reveal a luxurious suite at the Impress Hotel where 
the out-of-town duo have been sponging. And what would a play about 
“paradise” be without lamp standards—a modern lightweight aluminium 
version on-loan from the very city being lampooned./

/Rather than rely solely on costumes ... masks are employed 
extensively—a decision that definitely changes the mood of certain 
scenes. ... when observing the homeless boys, rousted, by bylaw 
enforcement and cops, from the square in the early morning hours, or the 
protestors... *Garbed in masks they are at once faceless and universal 
across both time and place.*/

/When viewed from afar and set onstage, are the causes and issues so 
dear to one’s heart as ridiculous as they appear?//By exposing them for 
all the world to see and laugh at, can we then truly reflect on what 
needs to change? *The Inspector needles and pokes at sore 
spots—provoking many “aha” moments.*///

/The ensemble deftly navigates the demands of farce that must, by its 
very nature, provoke and entertain. *Hardy has a gift for comedy; 
re-worked for modern times,* The Inspector is as relevant today as it 
was 180 years ago./

*Showbill Victoria
<http://www.victoria.showbill.ca/the-inspector-2017/>*Highlights of the 
review by Kelly J Clark
Posted March 14, 2017

/"The Inspector ... is a very enjoyable time, largely due to the*hard 
work of an exceptionally well chosen cast*./...//

/*Every performance in The Inspector is good.* With a cast of 19, this 
in itself is a laudable act, but the performance of Aiden Dunsmuir 
/(shown left)/as the mayor was particularly noteworthy. ... The rest of 
the cast is incredibly charismatic as well... there are a few small 
musical numbers where the ... singing and performances are good, but 
they’d have been fantastic had they just let go and belted out the 
lyrics instead."/

*/The Phoenix’s productions always look fantastic and this is no 
exception/*/. Set designer Delaney Tesch fantastically recreates 
Victoria’s posh smugness in cringeworthy relief. The set changes are 
frequent, but well coordinated and entertaining on their own. The effect 
is completed by the Barbara Clerihue and Hana Ruzesky-Bashford’s 
costumes, *which are the icing on this soggy rain-coast cake.*/

/..*.the show’s comic timing is, for the most part, on point*... 
directed beautifully by Linda Hardy."/

      More Production Photos!

The photos from this show are amazing, thanks to our photographer David 
Lowes. We've posted alarger selection of images from /*The Inspector */ 
on our Phoenix Theatre Facebook site. 
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.


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