Arts Club Theatre Company
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens

Dates and Venue September 6 – October 7, 2018, Tue – Thur at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm (relaxed perf. on Sun, Sept 30 at 7pm) | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Director Ashlie Corcoran Assistant Director Thomas Alderson Lighting Designer Itai Erdal Set & Costume Design Drew Facey Sound Design Patrick Pennefather Movement Director Kayla Dunbar Stage Manager Caryn Fehr

Reviewer John Jane

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is Simon Stephens’ theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel whose protagonist is Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his father in Swindon, Wiltshire. While never directly referred to during the play, Christopher certainly exhibits classic behavior of someone with an autism spectrum condition. Full review


2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival

Dates and Venues September 6 – 16, 2018 | Granville Island and various other venues around the city


Magical Mystery Detour

Performance Dates September 8,10,11,13,15,16, 2018 at Studio 1398

Performer Gemma Wilcox

Reviewer John Jane

Performance artist Gemma Wilcox in black yoga pants and matching tee shirt almost blended into the black box stage. Wilcox hardly needs anything more than a bare stage for her extremely physical show. In this one-woman act, Wilcox assumes the character of Sandra; probably someone about her own age who has recently split from her boyfriend Charlie. Full review

Rachel and Zoe: Uncorked and Uncensored

Performance Dates September 8,10,11,13,15,16, 2018 at Performance Works at Waterfront Theatre

Performers Hannah Gibson-Fraser, Jodi Morden & Mark Ferns

Reviewer John Jane

Rachel and Zoe (Hannah Gibson-Fraser and Jodi Morden) are long-time, straight gal-pals who get together to talk about sex, relationships, more sex and the possibility of sex with each other. On this occasion Rachel is busy planning her wedding to Mark, with whom she is having communication issues. Full review

The Cockwhisperer: A Love Story

Performance Dates September 6,8,11,14,15,16, 2018 at False Creek Gym

Performer Colette Kendall

Reviewer John Jane

It takes balls – oops, courage – to stand on a stage and talk about the male sexual organ. She even starts her show brandishing a dildo as if it were some trophy and getting the audience to yell “cock cock cock!” Colette Kendall certainly doesn’t lack the kind of nerve to base her storytelling on a guy’s pecker. Full review

 

Mel Malarkey Gets the Bums Rush

Performance Dates September 7,8,9,10,13 & 15, 2018 at Performance Works

Performer Charlie Petch

Reviewer John Jane

Wearing a tuxedo and a ridiculous blonde wig, Charlie Petch kicks off her show playing musical saw (a stressed hand saw played with a violin bow) with dubious musicality. At various points in the show she takes up a ukulele and a mouthorgan with about the same degree of mastery. Full review

 

10 Tips for a Collapsed Uterus

Performance Dates September 6,8,9,11,15,16, 2018 at Studio 16,

Performer Colleen Brow

Reviewer John Jane

Colleen Brow steps across the stage wearing a dated, polyester “newsroom” pant suit and happily confesses that she is not good with “change.” Since her sartorial effort looked like it might have been purchased at Value Village – 20 years ago.... Full review

 

5 Steps to Being German

Performance Dates September 6,8,12,13,14,16, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

Performer Paco Erhard

Despite what the title may suggest, 5 Steps to Being German is more straight forward stand-up comedy club than TedTalk. But as comedian Paco Erhard suggested early in his 75-minute act, “If you insist on getting all five steps, you’re already more German than what’s good for you.” Full review



Small Town Boys

Performance Dates September 6,8,9,13,15,16, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

Performer Sean Casey LeClaire

Sean Casey LeClaire’s story starts in Châteauguay, a blue-collar suburb on Montreal’s south shore, located both on the Châteauguay River and Lac St-Louis in the Summer of 1973. Full review

 

How I Learned to Hug

Performance Dates September 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

Performer Jon Bennett

Reviewer Christian Steckler

It is a treat to stumble upon a gem. This presentation was a replacement for another show that was not able to be presented. Notwithstanding the disappointment in not being able to see a promised powerful presentation as planned, it turned out to be a fortuitous turn of events. Full review

 

Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land

Performance Dates September 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

Performer Josh Languedoc

Reviewer Christian Steckler

This energetic one-man presentation for anyone interested in learning a bit about indigenous stories and story-telling is about a young boy’s attempt to write and present the greatest story ever told about a superhero. Full review

 


Pacific Theatre
Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi

Dates and Venue September 7 - October 6, 2018, 8pm Wed – Sat with 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Director Kaitlin Williams Assistant Director Soran Nakai Set Design Carolyn Rapanos Costume Design Jessica Oostergo Lighting Design Jonathan Kim Sound Design Chengyan Boon Stage Manager Maria Zarrillo

Reviewer John Jane

This production succeeds in no small part to a stellar performance by James Yi as the central character, Mr. Kim. Kim’s Convenience is certainly entertaining; getting much of its comedy from the titular convenience store owner’s fractured use of the English language and his complicated relationship with his daughter Janet. Full review

 



Kay Meek Arts Centre and Wing & Prayer Productions

Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor

Dates and Venue September 6 - 20, 2018, 7:30pm (No performances Mondays); matinees on Saturday, Sept. 8 & 15 and Sunday, Sept. 9& 16 at 2:30pm | Kay Meek Studio Theatre, 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver

Director Roy Surette Lighting Design Michael K. Hewitt Set Design Tiko Kerr, Tracy-Lynn Chernaske Stage Managers Rick Rinder & Ingrid Tamboline

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Families are different…sometimes close, sometimes not; sometimes boringly routine, sometimes unpredictable; sometimes sane, sometimes crazy. MacIvor takes us to visit a particular family of three sisters, reunited under the difficult circumstances anticipating the death of their ailing mother. Full review



Something Extra Collective
Comedy Beauty Contest

Dates and Venue August 18, 2018 | Blake Snyder Theatre, Go Studios, Vancouver.

Reviewer Aleana Reynolds

On stage now until September 8, Pageant is a musical parody of 80’s American beauty contests, with the female contestants instead played by male-identifying actors. In true pick-a-path style, at the end of the night, it’s the audience that votes which queen goes home with the coveted title of Miss Glamouresse 1989. Therefore, each performance has a different ending! Full review


Bard on the Beach

Lysistrata adapted by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson

Dates and Venue July 6 – September 13, 2018 | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Director Lois Anderson Costume Designer Barbara Clayden Set Designer Drew Facey Lighting Designer John Webber Composer/Sound Designer Mishelle Cuttler Head Voice & Text Coach Alison Matthews Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Fight Director Josh Reynolds Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Jane

For the second time within a few days Bard on the Beach opens a play on the Howard Family Stage that is set in Athens with an all female cast. This time it’s an ultra feminist, ad hoc adaptation of Lysistrata by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson. Full review

 

x Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 26 – September 9, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

Director Meg Roe Costume Designer Mara Gottler Set Designer Drew Facey Lighting Designer John Webber Sound Designer/Composer Alessandro Juliani Head Voice & Text Coach Alison Matthews Choreographer Amanda Testini Fight Director Josh Reynolds Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Jane

In this essentially all-female production, a zealously generous Athenian, much beloved through (in this mounting) her largesse and benevolence, disburses her wealth to hangers-on. Full review


As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 12 – September 22 | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Daryl Cloran Set Design Pam Johnson Musical Director Ben Elliott Lighting Designer Gerald King Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre

Reviewer Melanie Ewan

As You Like It — Bard on the Beach style — features an all-Beatles score that is sure to slap a goofy and enduring smile on your face. The cast and crew pull off this eclectic feat of music, prose, and pop culture reference with impressive precision, a testament to their breadth of talent. Full review

 

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 6 – September 13, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Chris Abraham Set Design Pat Johnson Costume Design Christine Reimer Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Owen Belton Fight Direction Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Stephen Courtenay

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Direction by Siminovitch Prize winner Chris Abraham awakens in the characters an exploration into personality, inclination, motive, and reaction to consequence that gives powerful definition to the performance of every player in this production. Full review