Ruby Slippers Theatre in association with Gateway Theatre
I Lost My Husband by Catherine Léger, translated by Leanna Brodie

Dates and Venue March 15 - 24, 2018, 8pm (matinees on Saturdays at 2pm, Tuesday, March 20 at 1pm) | Studio B, Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Diane Brown Set & Lighting Design John Webber Costume Design Hannah Case Sound Design Mishelle Cuttler Props Assistant Heidi Wilkinson Stage Manager Lois Dawson

Reviewer John Jane

I Lost My Husband is Catherine Léger's quasi-feminist, four-handed comedy. The title is a literal translation from the original French language play J'ai perdu mon mari. Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company
Forget About Tomorrow by Jill Daum, with songs by John Mann

Dates and Venue March 1 – March 25, 2018, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Director Michael Shamata Set and Costume Design Pam Johnson Lighting Bryan Kenney Sound Design James Coomber Projection Designer Candelario Andrade Stage Manager Caryn Fehr

Reviewer John Jane

Forget About Tomorrow is Jill Daum’s bittersweet family drama with healthy doses of humour mixed in. It’s very much a local story inspired by the playwright and husband John Mann’s own real life struggle with John’s early onset Alzheimer's disease. Full review

Theatre for Living

Dates and Venue March 2 – 10, 2018, 7.30pm (matinee at 1pm, Mar 7) | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E Cordova St

Director David Diamond Associate Director Renae Morriseau Lighting Designer Alan Brodie Video Designer Bracken Hanuse Corlett Sound Designer Clayton Gianni Charleyboy Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins

Reviewer Christian Steckler

It appears that Canada may be a house, but not a home. In a powerful presentation that has toured Alberta and British Columbia, xw?am'et (Home) focuses on the meaning and responsibilities inherent in reconciliation between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous people. Full review



Speedbump Theatre
The Past by Arthur Holden

Dates and Venue February 21 - 25, February 27 - March 3, 2018, at 8pm & February 25 - 2pm | Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Director Marko Hohlbein Lighting Design Hannah Lohns Sound Design Bob Oldfield Stage Manager Ashley Sutton

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Some say that our past shapes who we are, and, by extension, who we will be. Others say that it’s not so clear - that time isn’t linear, and life isn’t either. Still others say that past, present and future are one. Full review

xArts Club Theatre Company ON TOUR

Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, based on the verse-novel by Alexander Pushkin

Dates and Venues 17 Oct 2017 - 4 Apr 2018 | On Tour Various

Director Amiel Gladstone Set Design Drew Facey Sound Design Brad Danyluk Costume Designer Jacqueline Firkins Lighting Designer John Webber Musical Director Veda Hille Choreography Tracey Power Dramaturg Rachel Ditor Stage Manager Allison Spearin Musicians Barry Mirochnick, Jennifer Moersch and Marguerite Witvoet

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Onegin had its national premier in Vancouver in March of 2016, where the musical won most of the Jesse awards for outstanding production, direction (for Gladstone), lead actor (Alessandro Juliani), lead actress (Meg Roe), supporting actor (Josh Epstein), set design (Drew Facey), costume design (Jacqueline Firkins), lighting design (John Webber) and original composition (Hille and Gladstone).  Since then, it has had a run at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto last spring of 2017 and again at the Granville Stage last Fall before it went on tour. Full review



Gateway Theatre
Salt-Water Moon by David French

Dates and Venue February 15 - 24, 2018, 8pm - matinees on Sat Feb. 17 & Sun Feb.18 at 2pm; Tues Feb. 20 at 1pm (Tea Matinee) | Gateway Theatre MainStage, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Ravi Jain Lighting Design Kaileigh Krysztofiak Production Design Kaileigh Krysztofiak Stage Manager Tamara Protic

Reviewer John Jane

The production of this revival is just about as minimalistic as you can get. No set, save for a cluster of naked flame candles placed strategically on the stage floor; No costumes, actors allowed to wear the clothes they likely rehearsed in. It’s a kitchen sink drama without the kitchen sink. Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company
Fun Home music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron

Dates and Venue February 8–March 10, 2018, Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage

Director Lois Anderson Musical Director Jonathan Monro Set Design Amir Ofek Costume Design Amy McDougall Lighting Design Alan Brodie Sound Design Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Jane

Fun Home is a memory play scripted by Lisa Kron, and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel. The title is sardonic, since it would seem there isn’t all that much fun in this home. It’s a coming-of-age story presented as a musical tragedy.... Full review



The Cultch
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Dates and Venue February 6 – 17, 2018, 8pm | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.

Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Costume Design Jen Gareau Lighting Design Terry Middleton Sound Design Jonathan Lewis Production Design Jay DodgeStage Management Nicole Olson, Grant Suttle

Reviewer John Jane

Four performance artists, Nicolas Di Gaetano, Teddy Ivanov, Pityu Kenderes and Sebastian Kroon turn Jabberwocky Into an intentionally goofy piece of absurd theatre that starts off being comic schtick and ends oddly poignant. Full review


xWork Light Productions and Broadway Across Canada
Motown the Musical

When February 6 - 11, 2018, Tues through Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun evening 7:30pm with Sat and Sun matinees at 2pm Where Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Wow, what a spectacle! A tad too long (almost three hours) but it was worth every minute of it. The opening night audience, especially the seniors, were delighted with this journey to memory lane. There was audience paticipation where at one instance,Trenyce, playing the role of Diana Ross, went down to the audience and asked two people to sing with her. Full review


Pacific Theatre in association with Dark Glass Theatre
by Lynn Nottage

Dates and Venue January 26 – February 17, 2018, 8pm Wed –Sat (2pm Sat matinees) | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.,Vancouver

Director Angela Konrad Musical Director/Musician Mikaela Fuqua Cultural Consultant/Musician/Choreographer Jacky Yenga Set Design Carolyn Rapanos Lighting Design Jillian White Sound Design Corina Akeson & Jeff Tymoschuk Stage Manager Samantha Pawliuk

Reviewer Erin Jane

Ruined is the right title for this play. The word ‘ruined’ is not only used as a euphemism for the horrific sexual violence perpetrated on women, but it’s also an appropriate word to describe what is happening to the farms, the land, the communities, and the families caught in the crossfires of the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Full review

Arts Club Theatre Company
JITTERS by David French

Dates and Venue January 25 – February 25, 2018, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Director David Mackay Set Design Ted Roberts Costume Design Mara Gottler Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Murray Price Stage Manager Angela Beaulieu

Reviewer John Jane

Jitters is a play-within-the-play. A small professional theatre in Toronto is rehearsing a new play with only a few days before opening night. Just about everyone concerned with the production has a ‘make-or-break’ stake in it. Full review


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
I'm Not Here by Doireann Coady

Dates and Venue January 24 – 27, 2017 at 8pm & January 28 at 2pm | The Cultch Historic Theatre

Reviewer John Jane

Doireann Coady is more than anything a performance artist. Everything about I’m Not Here is very personal to the Irish artist and storyteller. Audiences may determine the play as a morose meditation of mourning. Full review

Dublin OldSchool by Emmet Kirwan

Dates and Venue January 30 – February 3, 2018 at 8pm & February 4 at 2pm | The Cultch Historic Theatre

Reviewer John Jane

Two separate microphones stand on a bare, black stage roughly ten feet apart waiting for Kirwan and his co-star Ian Lloyd Anderson to arrive on stage to scream, shout, swear (profanities) and swagger their way through Kirwan's rapid-fire, gut-wrenching dialogue. Full review


UBC Theatre & Film
She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

Date and Venue January 18 – February 3, 2018 at 7.30 pm | Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre, UBC

Director Director Keltie Forsyth Set Design Alaia Hamer Costume Design Melicia Zaini Puppet Design Nicolette Szabo Lighting and Projection Design Stefan Zubovic Sound Design Carey Dodge Stage Manager Duston Baranow-Watts

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

She Kills Monsters is a sly, hilarious and hugely riotous take on Dungeons & Dragons, the role-playing game of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, as well as an exploration of teenage angst, bullying, isolation and grief.  Playwright Qui Nguyen lifts D & D from its niche as a cult game for nerds, geeks and other anti-social weirdos to give it the status of literary fiction where you can learn the truth about life and even yourself.   A witty play, the references are to pop culture, not high art. Full review



xArts Club Theatre Company ON TOUR
Misery by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King

Dates and Venues January 5 - February 8, 2018 | Various venues around the Lower Mainland

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Half of the house stood up in ovation at curtain call for the two main characters of the show, Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee during opening night at the Surrey Arts Centre last January 10th. I was impressed by the acting of these two actors but even more impressed by the innovative set design of Lauchlin Johnston. Full review


xArts Club Theatre Company
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton

Dates and Venue December 7, 2017–January 13, 2018, Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm; )Holiday showtimes: Sat, Dec 30, at 1pm & 6pm) | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a proven favourite among audiences and creative teams alike. And Bill Millerd, after 40 years directing for the Arts Club Company, has picked another favourite that delighted the matinee audience composed of children, parents and grandparents most of whom were in their Sundays suits, even if it was a Saturday. Full review


xWhite Rock Players’ Club
The Hunchback of Notre Panto

Dates and Venue December 1 – 30, 2017 at 7:30pm; December 3,10,17,23,26 & 30 at 2.30pm | Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock

Reviewer Ed Farolan

It was another enjoyable two and a half hours of dancing, singing and joking around at last Sunday's (December 10) full house matinee performance. It's this time of the year for pantos all over the lower mainland, and this time, the White Rock Players’ Club presents the Victor Hugo masterwork ~ The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, based on the script by Panto master, Dave Baron. Full review