xAenigma Theatre And Bright Young Theatre

VIVA by Scott Button

Dates and Venue October 14 – 21, 2017, 8pm. October 15, 21, 22 at 2pm. NO SHOW on October 16 | The Havana, 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The play can be confusing at the start when both characters are in a plane about to land in LasVegas. But then, as the play progresses, we start to understand that like many new plays where actors play multiple roles including narrating events, we get to understand the story. Two Strangers, Two Stories, Las Vegas. Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company ON TOUR

Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams

Dates and Venues October 5 to November 11, 2017 | Various venues around Metro Vancouver + Nelson, Vernon & Cranbrook

Director Wayne Harrison Set and Costume Design Pam Johnson Lighting Design Ted Roberts Sound and Video Design Kate de Lorme Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Mom’s the Word 3 was a hit last March and April at the Granville Island Stage, and now it's on tour. It's the same director and cast (Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Beatrice Zeilinger, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams) except for Zeilinger who replaces Robin Nichol. It was a standing ovation at the curtain call, last October 11 at the Surrey Arts Centre, and all throughout the play, everyone was laughing, especially the middle-aged and above women in the audience. Full review


Urban Ink
Freedom Singer

Dates and Venue October 7 – 18, 2017, Tues – Sat evening 8pm; Sat. & Sun. Matinees @ 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Director Andrew Kushner Set & Costume Design Joanna Yu Lighting Design Oz Weaver Sound Design Debashis Sinha Research Dramaturge Jodie MartinsonStage Manager Andrea Baggs

Reviewer John Jane

McClelland then embarks on a journey of genealogy, searching his heritage back to his maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Kizzy, going to write her name on the A-frame staging and asking the audience to repeat her name. Full review



Western Gold Theatre
Homeward Bound by Elliott Hayes

Dates and Venue October 6 - 29, 2017, Tues – Sat 7.30pm + Sat & Sun and special matinee Thurs Oct 19 2pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero, 8th floor

Director William B Davis Set Design Glenn MacDonald Costume Design Alaia Hamer Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Chris Allan Stage Manager Jethelo Cabilete

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Bonnie Beachum is intelligent,romantic, articulate. Her husband, Glen is a retired lawyer who is as laconic as she is voluble. He hides behind his newspaper with his crossword. She speaks as she thinks. Words and ideas are clearly important to them both and as the play opens, in that comfortable space after a good meal, Bonnie is weighing up the relative merits of murder and suicide. Glen refuses to be drawn and when Nick, their son, comes in from finishing the dishes, the subject is lightly dismissed. Full review

Elbow Theatre Productions
Hyperlink by Itai Erdal and TJ Dawe

Dates and Venue October 4 - 14, 2017, Tues, 7pm, Wed-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 4pm & 8pm, Sun, 3pm, Wed, 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova

Direction & Dramaturgy Rachel Peake Projection Design Cande Andrade
Composer/Double Bass Mark Haney Lighting Design Itai Erdal
Choreography Kayla Dunbar

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Hyperlink is written around the world of social media. A world where the construct of one’s own entertainment magazine rules the day. A world of a daily, hourly and in some cases minute by minute update of one’s own celebrity. Full review



The Cultch
1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT)

Dates and Venue October 3 – 7, 10 – 14, 2017, 8pm; matinees Oct 8, 14 & 15, 2pm | The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.

Artistic Producer Donna Yamamoto Director Richard Wolfe Dramaturg Heidi Taylor Set Design Pam Johnson Lighting Design Gerald King Costume Design Laura Fukumoto Sound Design Steve Charles Video Design Jamie Nesbitt Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima

Reviewer John Jane

1 Hour Photo is in essence a follow up pièce de theatre to Shigematsu’s previous work Empire of the Son. Both works are quite similar in style and presentation technique: both are what I call ‘legacy plays’ where Shigematsu puts himself in the role of storyteller rather than a central character. Full review