About Review From the House
About Review From the House: Theatre, Sipping and Supping, Travelblogues, Lifestyle
ReviewFromTheHouse is a lifestyle and entertainment website. I review and comment on theatre, food and wine, dining and cultural events in my home base of Vancouver, British Columbia … and away; My Travelblogues focus on ballroom dancing, cultural and dining experiences during my land and sea travels in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia with an emphasis on cruising and dancing.
These musings on Theatre, Sipping and Supping, and my travels, solo or otherwise, reflect the perceptions of a mature urbanite with gourmet tastes, a curious mind, a literary bent,an addiction to puns and a passion for dance.
More About Me
Born in South Africa, I earned my medical degree and a doctorate from the University of Cape Town before moving to Canada with my husband and our three young children. We landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and took three weeks to drive the Trans-Canada Highway to Vancouver, British Columbia, where I still live. After obtaining two specialist degrees I was a medical professor, researcher and administrator until I retired. That’s when I took up ballroom dancing and switched my curiosity and interest from science to the arts.
Why "From The House"
Almost a decade ago I started writing theatre reviews and commentaries after I ranted once too often about the lack of audience at small independent theatre company productions. A major reason was that few people even knew that the shows were on. The editor of Immediate Theatre challenged me to write about the shows I saw and I decided to do so from the perspective of a "bum-in-the-seat” of the theatre house. I simply share what touches me or does not, what I like or don't like, and my readers know my pet peeves- gratuitous profanity, atonal music and bad blocking!
ReviewFromTheSeat hosts the blog Theatre Seen, that encompasses live performances locally and away, and events or interviews related to performing arts.
ReviewFromTheCellar now hosts Sipping and Supping, a blog about food and wine. This includes restaurant reviews and other food experiences, in Vancouver and when travelling. You can make an Open Table restaurant reservation directly from my review if the Reserve Online link is there. And you can check out other reviews of the restaurant by clicking on the link to Zomato.
ReviewFromTheCabin The Travelblogues began as a way to keep my family and friends up to date on my journeys, particularly when I was traveling solo. They evolved into the unexpected gift of a travel journal, to which I could return to find the name of a special little restaurant or village where a unique dish was found or an interesting encounter happened. My passion for dance led me to dance cruises and my Dance Cruise Travelblogues describe the joys of dancing at sea with destinations from the Americas to Asia, and the Amazon to the Arctic Circle.
ReviewFromTheStudio This is an eclectic blog including book, movie or music reviews; health and nutrition related topics, and the story of my journey back from crippling sciatica to the dance floor.
Whether at a play, dining in a restaurant or visiting new places, your experience will be different to mine and I’d love to hear about it.