Gateway Theatre
In Wonderland by Anna Cummer

When & Where April 7 – 16, 2022 at 7.30pm except Sundays and Mondays; matinees: on Sat. April 9, Sun. April 10, and Wed. April 13 @ 2pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Haysam Kadri Assistant Director Meg Farhall Set & Costume Design Hanne Loosen Lighting Design Alexandra Prichard Sound Design Peter Moller Projection Design Jamie Nesbitt Stage Manager Ashley Rees Assistant Stage Manager Emma Slunt Surtitle Translator Johnny Wu

Reviewer John Jane

The Alberta Theatre Projects production of In Wonderland is a stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. Only three actors are tasked with portraying many of characters we have come to associate with Carroll’s famous children’s story. The trio is led by the youngest performer, Filipina- Canadian multidisciplinary artist Sarah Roa, who plays Alice throughout the entire show. Full review



Pacific Theatre
How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann

When & Where March 25 – April 16, 2022, Wed-Sat at 8pm; Saturday matinees at 2pm & Sun Apr 3 & 10 at 3pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Director Sarah Rodgers Set Design Jessica Oostergo Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design and Composition Rick Colhoun Costume Design Stephanie Kong

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann opened at the Pacific Theatre on Friday, March 25. The play is set in Plainview, a small town in Kansas in the present day. Susan (Meghan Gardiner) is a science teacher who has come from New York to finish her qualifications for her teaching degree and finds her classroom is a converted trailer as the town has been destroyed by a tornado. Full review

 

 

Western Gold Theatre
Funny Money by Ray Cooney

When & Where March 25 – 27, 2022 at 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, and Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero

Director Anna Hagan Dramaturg Production Design Glenn MacDonald Lighting Design Matthew Bissett Stage Manager Kare Chiang

Reviewer John Jane

After a two year postponement, Ray Cooney's British farce finally comes to the PAL Studio Theatre. With only a small window for rehearsals, director Anna Hagan wisely opts for a script-in-hand performance. Well executed farce requires at a minimum, quick deadpan delivery and precise comic timing and for me at least, should be halfway believable. Despite the persistent page-turning, the talented cast manage to pull off the first two elements. Full review

 


Boone Dog Productions

Nunsense

When & Where March 11 - 27, 2022 at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm | Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Director Gillian Barber Music Director Shawn Henry Choreography Shelley Stewart Hunt Set Design Shel Piercy Costume Design Christina Sinosich Lighting Design Les Erskine Sound Mixing Justin Gaudio Stage Manager Ashely Vucko Set Construction/Painting John Bradbury & Meredith Fraser
Cast Meghan Anderssen, Nancy Herb, Sarah Mercier, Caitriona Murphy, and Sheryl Anne Wheaton

Reviewer Christian Steckler

A show called Nunsense sets us up for an evening of silly, probably irreverent fun, with a risk of falling on its face by being corny. Fortunately, this Boone Dog Production at our iconic Metro Theatre, treats the audience to a comedic treat, full of giggles, chuckles and out-loud laughter, thanks to the excellence of all involved. Full review

 

 

Touchstone Theatre
Ominous Sounds at the River Crossing (or, Another F*cking Dinner Party Play) by Jason Sherman

When & Where March 6 – 13, 2022 at 7:30pm | Performance Works, Granville Island

Director Roy Surette Set Design Kimira Reddy Lighting Design Itai Erdal Costume Design Christine Reimer Sound Design Alistair Wallace
Cast Angela Chu, Nicola Lipman, Allan Morgan, Monice Peter, Alex Poch-Goldin and Kerry Sandomirsky

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

It is a topsy-turvy world out there. One that has seen more change in the last fifty years, arguably, then in the previous one hundred. Jason Sherman has bitten off a large chunk of this new world in order to explore the social dynamics that these changes have wrought. Full review

 

Gateway Theatre
Certified created and performed by JD Derbyshire

When & Where March 8 - 20, 2022 at 8pm | Studio B, Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Roy Surette Lighting Design Jillian White Sound Design Dana Ayotte Stage Manager Lili Robinson

Reviewer John Jane

In her roughly one-hour, one-woman show Certified, Jan Derbyshire asks her audience to be her Mental Health Review Board and at the end of the show judge her level of sanity. Audience members are given colour-coded cards similar to those seen in use by soccer referees to caution players on the field. Full review

 

 

The Cultch
Little Red Warrior and his Lawyer by Kevin Loring

When & Where March 3-5, 8-12 , 2022 at 7.30pm; March 6, 12 & 13 at 2pm | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Director Kevin Loring Assistant Director Tai Amy Grauman Set and Props Design John Doucet Lighting Design Jeff Harrison Costume Design Samantha McCue
Sound Design Troy Slocum Stage Manager Angela Beaulieu
Performers Sam Bob, Gordon Patrick White, Shekhar Paleja, Luisa Jojic, Kevin McNulty & Nick Miami Benz

Reviewer Jason Martin

The trickster land claim fable now playing at the CULTCH’s York Theatre March 3 to 13 is a refreshing and cheeky take on the big challenging, nationally-significant issues of power, privilege and Indigenous land rights. Full review

 

 


The Firehall Arts Centre

Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte

When & Where February 25 – March 13, 2022; Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 3pm, Wed 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street

Director Donna Spencer Lighting & Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Costume Design Alaia Hammer Sound Design Riley Hardwick Performers Sarah Roa and Tanner Zerr; Emma Ross and Jacob Leonard

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Spellbound is the word to describe the hold Mary (Sarah Roa) and Charlie (Tanner Zerr) had over the audience during the 90 minute production of Mary’s Wedding on opening night. The backdrop for the play is The Great War, the time period 1914 to 1920. Full review

 

 

The Cultch
Beautiful Man by Erin Shields

When & Where February 24 - March 5, 2022 at 7.30pm; 2pm matinees on Feb. 27 & Mar. 5 | Historic Theatre, The Cultch on Venables

Director Keltie Forsyth Producer Libby Willoughby Lighting Design Jeff Harrison Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Costume Design Alaia Hammer Sound Design Mary Jane Coomber Production Manager Alexander Forsyth Stage Manager Jethelo E. Cabilete

Reviewer John Jane

Erin Shields' Beautiful Man is the second play in the Cultch's fifth annual Femme Festival. It's a rather misleading title for a satirical observation of how women are portrayed in the movies and on television. Montréal based Erin Shields, through director Keltie Forsyth, puts theatre audiences in an alternative universe where it's men, not women, who are objects of sexual fascination. Full review



United Players of Vancouver
Haven
by Mishka Lavigne, translated by Neil Blackadder

When & Where January 28– February 13, 2022, 8pm Sunday matinees at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre & live streamed

Director Jack Paterson Assistant Director Hannah Siden Technical Director Karen Chiang Lighting Design Vanka Chaitra Salim Set & Projection Joel Grinke Costume Design Shasta Lily Barkman Sound Design Georgia Couver Stage Manager Maria Denholme

Reviewer John Jane

Haven is a new Canadian play by Mishka Lavigne, translated by Neil Blackadder into English from the French language drama Havre. Full review

 

 


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

How to Fail as a Popstar by Vivek Shraya

When & Where February 1 & 2 at7:30pm | Performance Works

Performer Vivek Shraya

Reviewer John Jane

Vivek Shraya shows us how to make a success of failure in her self-described theatrical memoire How to Fail as a PopStar. Shraya was born in Edmonton to immigrant parents who had their share of financial struggles. Her first exposure to performing was singing Bhajan prayers in front of her Hindi community. Full review

 

 


Gateway Theatre

A Broadway Holiday by Christopher King and Barbara Tomasic

When and Where December 16 - 23, 2021 | MainStage at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Barbara Tomasic Music Director Jenny Anderson Arranger Chrisopher King Production Design Sophie Tang Sound Design Darren John Costume Design Melicia Zaini Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima

Cast Jenny Anderson, Caitriona Murphy, Gabrielle Rutman, Devon Busswood, Sean Hara, Alexander Nicoll

Reviewer John Jane

Most of the songs were performed as an ensemble, yet it was two female solos that provided highlights: Jenny Anderson’s interpretation of Jason Robert Brown composition “Christmas Lullaby” was quietly affecting and Caitriona Murphy made “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” her own. Full review

 

 

Promethean Theatre Company
King Lear

Where and When December 11-23, 2021, 8pm Tues-Sat, 3pm matinées Sundays + matinee on Sat, Dec. 18 (Preview on December 10) | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver

Director & Producer Isaac Li General Manager Erin Purghart Sound Design & Music Director Jared Ager-Foster Fight Directors Mike Kovac & Sylvie La Rivière Set Design Marcus Vaillant Lighting & Projection Design Charlie Beaver Costume Design Shel Wyminga Props Design Elliot Roberts Stage Manager Diyalla Malijian

Reviewer Christian Steckler

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s strongest tragedies. It deals not only with his familiar investigations into power and personality, but with complex levels of intrigue compounded by the onset of insanity, raising the question of whether circumstances cause mental breakdown, or vice versa. Full review

 

 


Theatre Replacement

East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland by Sonja Bennett, music by Veda Hille

When & Where November 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | In-Person at the York Theatre OR Online Performances

Director Meg Roe Associate Director Arthi Chandra Musical Director Ben Elliott
Cast Dawn Petten Amanda Sum Mark Chavez Ghazal Azarbad Raugi Yu

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Ready to fall down The Cultch and Theatre Replacement’s rabbit hole filled with energy, laughter, and creativity? The East Van Panto’s novel production of Alice in Wonderland provides exactly this with their adoption of the classic fairy tale to the bohemian vibe of B.C.’s artisan community. Full review

 

 

 

Western Gold Theatre
The Ballad of Georges Boivin by Martin Bellemare, translated by Jack Paterson with Johanna Nutter

When & Where November 10 – 28, 2021, Wed to Sat at 7:30pm, Tues , Wed , Sat and Sun at 2pm from Nov. 14. | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St.

Director Jack Paterson Dramaturg Johanna Nutter Set Design Glenn MacDonald Lighting Design John Webber Costume Design AlaiaHamer Sound Design Stephen Bulat Stage Manager Ingrid Turk

Reviewer John Jane

The Ballad of Georges Boivin is Jack Paterson’s translation of Martin Bellemare’s award winning Francophone play Le Chant de Georges Boivin. The play is essentially about four senior citizens undertaking a 4,500 kilometre Trans-Canada road trip in a Toyota Corolla with only one driver. Full review