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From Monica Prendergast, FOCUS:

This year I am looking forward to seeing a mix of local and touring productions. Local shows include a new project by Atomic Vaudeville, ***BlissKrieg “a musical comedy about the last two people in the universe”. Those familiar with Vaudeville’s comedy revues and their hit shows ***Legoland and Ride the Cyclone will look forward to this one. Victoria actor and sound designer Brian Linds is premiering ***Reverberations, a site-specific show that takes place in an “undisclosed location” close to the theatre. Spark is also presenting Theatre SKAM’s new play ***Joan by Matthew Payne about longtime Victoria arts devotee Joan Mans and her touching friendship with Payne, who now tells their story.

The other productions touring here include a new Itai Erdal project ***This is Not a Conversation. Erdal, an Israeli Jew, enters into dialogue with Palestinian Arab Dima Alansari. A discomforting but necessary exchange ensues. Toronto’s Evalyn Parry brings us SPIN described as “a tour-de-force performance celebrating the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change.” But the play I look forward to most is brilliant Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s What a Young Wife Ought to Know, presented by Halifax’s 2B Theatre. Two of Moscovitch’s earlier plays have appeared at the Belfry’s Spark Festival, Little One and The Russian Play. She can be counted on for her intelligence and innovation. 

Passes $100; http://www.sparkfestival.ca

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