Standing Wave
WILD music by Anna Pidgorna, libretto by Val Brandt

Date and Venue Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 8pm | Annex, 823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver

The centrepiece of the concert is an excerpt from work-in-progress, Wild Dogs, a new one-act chamber opera based on Helen Humphreys’ novel of the same name. Wild Dogs is being commissioned and developed by Standing Wave in partnership with Robert Carey’s black bachx opera in cooperation with Music on Main. The story tells of a group of strangers who gather at the edge of a field to call their dogs who have joined a feral pack in the woods. Lily, a brain-damaged young woman dares to enter the woods alone to find her only friend – her dog.

Tickets $25 regular / $15 students & seniors at standingwave.brownpapertickets.com or at the door (box office opens at 7:00 pm). For more info visit standingwave.ca or call 604.683.8240


rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017

Dates and Venue May 24-June 4, 2017 | The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

A line-up that is both innovative and diverse. The fifth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival will present new works created by emerging and early mid career artists. The festival features nine mainstage shows at the Cultch, and three offsite shows. Companion events to be announced shortly. Full schedule visit www.upintheairtheatre.com/schedule

Tickets Early Bird passes available now, single tickets on sale April 15 at www.thecultch.com



The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tea & Trumpets Series: Mozart and Vienna

Date and Venue May 25, 2017, at 2pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor William Rowson Host Christopher Gaze

This concert features the music of the greatest composer of them all, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great musical city of Vienna.

Tickets $35 - $42 - Purchase online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434





The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Sophisticated Ladies


Dates and Venue Friday, May 26 at 8pm & Saturday, May 27 at 8pm | Orpheum Theatre

Conductor Steven Reineke Featured performers Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins & Sy Smith vocalists

It’s a night of Sophisticated Ladies, as Sy Smith, Montego Glover and Capathia Jenkins take the stage to celebrate groundbreaking icons of popular song such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and more. You’ll hear the music they made famous, songs written by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Richard Rodgers and Kurt Weill.

Tickets $19 - $95 - Purchase online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434


Staircase Theatre
The Hunger Room by Scott Button

Dates and Venue May 25 - June 10, 2017, 8pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St

The Hunger Room is a dark thriller that explores loneliness, disconnection and violence. A crisis takes over a suburban high school when a mysterious stalker begins delivering notes written in blood to targeted female students. Soon enough, everybody's a suspect, including the teachers.

Tickets Regular $22, Student/Senior $17 - tickets.theatrewire.com




Arts Club Theatre Company
Hand to God by Robert Askins

Dates and Venue
May 25 – June 15, 2017, Mon – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, (matinees on Wed at 1.30pm, and Sat at 2pm) | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

In a church basement in suburban Texas, Margery leads three teens in puppetry rehearsals for Sunday services. Things take a twisted turn when her son, Jason, creates a hand puppet named Tyrone that is possessed with a delightfully dark personality of its own, contrasting its master’s meek demeanor and provoking the group to investigate their own motives and morals. See if Jason can exorcise his demons in this black comedy.

Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com

 


The Queer Arts Festival

Dates and Venue June 17-29, 2017 | Roundhouse Arts Centre, Vancouver

The Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver’s annual artist-run, multi-disciplinary festival, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun is one of the top five festivals of its kind worldwide. Since 2008 it has been an essential platform of the avant-garde, presenting challenging work that pushes boundaries and stimulates dialogue.

Tickets prices vary according to event. For details visit: queerartsfestival.com/buy-tickets/

 

 

Aenigma Theatre
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Dates and Venue June 27 to June 30, 2017 at 8pm; + July 1 at 2pm | Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver

At the height of WWII, German Physicist Werner Heisenberg paid a visit to his fellow scientist, the Danish Niels Bohr. They had once been mentor and student, partners, and peers, revolutionizing atomic physics together in the early 1920s. Eventually, the two ended up on opposites sides of a horrific world war. Witness the confrontation as Bohr, his wife Margrethe, and Heisenberg reunite in the afterlife to unravel the reasons behind that infamous visit. Watch as they re-examine their place in history, furiously question the ethics of science, and ultimately, interrogate the responsibility of scientists in our society.

Tickets $20 – June 27 performance at half price ($10). Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com or at the Door (Cash only).



Bard on the Beach


Much Ado About Nothing


Dates and Venue June 1 – September 23, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

 

The Winter’s Tale


Dates and Venue June 8 – September 22, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


A husband’s fierce jealousy is the trigger for a magical and moving tale, set in Sicily and Bohemia, which begins with a cruel punishment and ends with a miracle. King Leontes believes his wife, Queen Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his best friend, so he puts her in prison and orders that their newborn baby be abandoned in the wilderness. Sixteen years later, across the sea, two young people fall in love and their union becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption and a family’s healing.

 

The Merchant of Venice


Dates and Venue
June 22 – September 16, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre


A deeply fascinating study in contrasts, Shakespeare’s timeless drama, set this season in modern-day Venice, exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Portia and Bassanio discover true love but the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock are driven by prejudice and the craving for revenge, as they move ever closer to a devastating judgement day.


The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Dates and Venue
June 29 – September 17, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre


Valentine and Proteus are best friends with an awkward problem – they’re both in love with Valentine’s girlfriend Sylvia. And it gets even trickier – Proteus already has a girlfriend of his own. Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively riff on friendship, love and loyalty with the bonus of two very funny clowns plus a dog that just might steal the show!


Tickets $21 - $59. Call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 or purchase online at https://bardonthebeach.org

ONGOING

Coastal City Ballet
Giselle

Dates and Venues May 19 2017, 8pm at The Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street | June 9 2017, 8pm at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave

Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has become the epitome of ballet romanticism. Giselle tells of a young peasant girl betrayed by a nobleman disguised as a commoner. Unable to withstand the prince’s deception, Giselle dies of a broken heart only to join the ranks of the supernatural Wilis, restless spirits who have died before their wedding day. As vengeful as they are entrancing, the Wilis lure young men into their lair – driving them to dance until they die.

Tickets (Vancouver) $29.95 - $59.95 Box Office: www.vtixonline.com or tel 604.241.7292 Vancouver Playhouse 604.665.3050. (Surrey) $35 - $42 - Box Office: 604.501.5566, online tickets.surrey.ca/

 



Pacific Theatre
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley


Dates and Venue
May 19 - June 10, 2017, 8pm Wed – Sat with 2pm matinees all Sat and Sun | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Pacific Theatre closes its 2016-2017 season with John Patrick Shanley’s latest work, Outside Mullingar. The play is a charming story of Ireland and the prickly, brooding people who have lived off its land for generations. People like Rosemary and Anthony, a pair of introverted misfits whose families have lived next to each other for as far back as anyone can remember. They pass the years squabbling over property lines, while their ageing parents wonder about what will happen to their land when they die.

Tickets $23.95 - $34.95, (taxes and fees not incl.) call 604.731.5518 or visit pacifictheatre.org



Arts Club Theatre Company
Million Dollar Quartet book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins

Dates and Venue May 11 – July 9, 2017, Mon – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, (matinees on Wed at 1.30pm, and Sat at 2pm) | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Inspired by true events, this jukebox musical takes you into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956, to witness the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll legends Presley, Cash, Lewis, and Perkins—for the first and only time. Experience all the hits that made icons what they are today. Hear: “That’s Alright,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and more!

Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com



The Cultch
Children of God written and directed by Corey Payette

Dates and Venue May 17 – June 3, 2017, 7pm (2pm matinees on May 21, 28 & June 3)

In Corey Payette’s new musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating the resilience and power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

Tickets from just $20. through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com