Bard on the Beach
The Winter’s Tale
The Merchant of Venice
Ensemble Theatre Festival
Dates and Venue July 7 - August 18, 2017 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
A Prayer for Owen Meany by Simon Bent
Seeming anti-hero Owen Meany is an oddity who charms an East Coast community as he grows up during the turbulent post war period in the 50s and 60s. He is remarkable on many levels, but especially as he sees himself as an instrument of God after he is involved in a tragedy which he believes was his fault. It speaks to social justice and the notion of fate, and is an exploration into organized religion and its inherit hypocrisy.
In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl
Set in a spa town close to New York in the late 1800s—it was a time of Victorian societal repression that coincided with dramatic technological change. Inspired by Rachel P. Maines’ The Technology of Organism, the play is based on historical medical procedures that may seem both quaint and quizzical, yet the themes remain relevant today. A multi-layered and nuanced character study, In the Next Room explores professional and personal relations between men and women with a strong streak of female solidarity.
Master Class by David Pownall
An anteroom in the Kremlin. 1948. The Soviet Musician's Union Conference in Moscow. Stalin is formulating his policy for the Arts in The Soviet Union and summons Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, the leading Russian composers of the day, in order that he can discuss, with the aid of his Cultural Minister, Zhdanov, their place as artists in Soviet society. Needless to say, the discussion is conducted on Stalin's terms - but with a course that is far from predictable.
Theatre under the Stars
Dates and Venue July 7 – August 18, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.
Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination. Alternates nightly with The Drowsy Chaperone.
Dates and Venue July 8 – August 19, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.
The Drowsy Chaperone, full of song and dance, is a Canadian musical parody that whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation. Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more. Alternates nightly with Mary Poppins.
Tickets $30 – $49 Early Bird tickets are now on sale at: www.tuts.ca/tickets or call 1-877-840-0457
Dates and Venue July 2 – 29, 2017, 7:30pm; 5pm on July 16, 23 & 30 | XYYVR, 1216 Bute Street
Just in time for summer, the off-Broadway spoof Forbidden Broadway. From Wicked to Rent, Streisand to Sondheim, no one is safe from the mind of creator Gerard Alessandrini who has been at the helm of Forbidden Broadway since it first premiered in 1982. The revue also includes impersonations of well-known musical theatre performers such as Carol Channing, Mandy Patinkin, Liza Minelli and more!
Tickets $25 - $20 for the 5pm performances on July 16, 23 & 30. For more information and tickets please visit FightingChanceProductions.ca
Dates and Venue | June 29 – Sep 2, 2017, Thur-Sat @ 7.30pm | The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island
TheatreSports improvisers take a comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians. Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, lumberjacks or Timmy’s coffee to name only a few of the endless possibilities.
Tickets $10 – $23.50; Purchase at: tickets.vtsl.com
and Venues August 10-20, 2017 | Various: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF Vancity Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and York Theatre.
Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) takes place this summer at various theatres. VQFF is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. More than just film, the Festival hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, facilitating a unique community space for 11 days each August. This year’s film Spotlights include: The Experiential Lens: Filmmakers of Colour; Young Hearts, Bright Eyes: Spotlight on Youth; Intergenerations; and Indigenous Cinema. Presented by Out On Screen. For complete schedule, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/schedule-grid
Tickets: Single ticket = $12; Six-pack = $66; Super Pass = $165. To purchase, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets or call 778-875-8363
Club Theatre Company
Dates and Venue June 15 – July 29, 2017, Mon–Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage
Bittergirl is a cathartic musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the antics that ensue. Sixties girl group music “Be My Baby,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Where Did Our Love Go?” provide the perfect backdrop for the bittergirls’ journey back to happiness. Who knew getting dumped could be so much fun?
Tickets from $29 at www.artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644