Gateway Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life adaptated by Peter Jorgensen

Dates and Venue December 4 - 22, 2018 8pm nightly (except Sun and Mon , and Dec 11, 25, 26) Matinees on Sat & Sun @ 2pm; Dec 11 @ 1pm & Dec 26 @ 2pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Peter Jorgensen Associate Director Kayla Dunbara Music Director Angus Kellett Costume Design Christopher David Gauthier Lighting Design Craig Alfredson Set Design Brian Ball Sound Design Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Yvonne Yip

Reviewer John Jane

Peter Jorgensen’s new stage musical adaptation may provide some astute timeline adjustments and allow for an expanded role for the guardian angel, but is, by and large faithful to Frank Capra’s original film version. It even begins with a sincere homage to the film, that had James Stewart playing everyman unsung hero George Bailey, with movie-style opening credits. Full review


xNaked Goddess Productions
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Dates and Venue December 6 - 16, 2018, Wed – Sat at 7:30pm; Matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | The Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

It´s refreshing to have Christmas Pageants performed outside school or churches, and likewise, seeing children act in them. Full review



The Firehall Arts Centre
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani

Dates and Venue December 5 - 15, 2018, Tues @ 7pm, Wed-Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm, Sun # 3pm, Wed @ 1pm Pay-what-U-can (Dec. 5 & 12) | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St.

Director Rohit Chokhani Lighting Design Chengyan Boon
Sound Design Rup Sidhu Set and Costume Design Tanya Schwaerzie and Rohit Chokhani

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Bombay Black written by Anosh Irani exposes the underside of life for women in India. Set in Bombay the story unfolds through the interaction of three characters, Padma, the mother, played by Nimet Kanji, Apsara, the daughter, played by Arshdeep Purba and Kamal, a blind man, played by Munish Sharma. Full review



Pacific Theatre
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe adapted by Ron Reed from the novel by C.S. Lewis

Dates and Venue November 30 – December 29, 2018 at 8pm Wed – Sat + 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Avenue

Director Sarah Rodgers Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Props Design Dianna Lewis Sound Design Julie Casselman Lighting Design John Webber Costume Design Sheila White Stage Manager Linnea Perry

Reviewer John Jane

Roughly twenty years on, Lucy and Peter (Rebecca de Boer and John Voth) find themselves back at the same house to find that all the furniture in the spare room covered with protective furniture sheets. In removing the white covers, they begin to relive the magical sojourn they shared with their two siblings...... Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company
Blind Date created & produced by Rebecca Northan

Dates and Venue(s)
November 22 – December 30, 2018 at Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre || ON TOUR January 2 – February 3, 2019 at various theatres throughout the Lower Mainland

Director Rebecca Northan Associate Producer Marcie Januska Stage Manager & Sound Improviser Meredith Johnson

Reviewer John Jane

Blind dates are renowned for going sideways. The experience can turn out to be anything from mind-numbingly boring to totally bizarre. Combine this risk with improvisational comedy coupled with a co-star with no acting experience and the probability for calamity is exponentially greater. Full review



Arts Club Theatre
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Dates and Venue November 15 – December 30 , 2018, Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm. (Holiday showtimes) Mon, Dec 24, at 12:30 pm & 5:30pm; and Sun, Dec 30, at 1pm & 7pm | Granville Island Stage, Granville Islannd

Director Roy Surette Lighting Design Conor Moore Set Design Ted Roberts Costume Designer Amy McDougall Sound Designer Heather Kemski Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Jane

Christmas at Pemberley rediscovers our Miss Mary Bennet, a quintessential bluestocking, middle sister and plainest of the Bennet siblings. According to A Memoir of Jane Austen, considered the accepted Austin canon, Mary eventually married her Uncle Philips' law clerk and lived boringly ever after. Full review

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Book by Douglas McGrath. Words and Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Dates and Venue November 13 - 18, 2018, 8pm | The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I enjoyed the second part of the show more than the first. The first part was too overwhelming. Too many songs, too many different groups singing (Righteous Brothers,The Shirelles, Ray Davies and the Kinks, etc.) Even Neil Sedaka makes a brief appearance. However, the second part when Carole King (Sarah Bockel) goes solo and gains fame--that was superb. And all her iconic songs, particularly “A Natural Woman,” and “You’ve Got A Friend” were sung by her. Full review



Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Empire of the Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu

Dates and Venue November 8 – 17, 2018, 8pm; matinees November 10 & November 17 @ 2pm & (Tues) November 13 @ 1pm | Gateway Theatre, Studio B, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director & Dramaturgy Richard Wolfe Set Design Pam Johnson Lighting Design Gerald King Costume Design Barbara Clayden Sound Design Steve Charles Audio Dramaturg Yvonne Gall Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima Production Manager Adrian Muir

Reviewer Erin Jane

Empire of the Sun is an intimate and earnest exploration of Shigematsu’s relationship with his Japanese-born father, a relationship filled with complicated affection, but also pride, respect, and compassion. Shigematsu is a natural-born storyteller, and does immense justice to his father’s legacy in public broadcasting. Full review