Ensemble Theatre Company
A Prayer for Owen Meany adapted by Simon Bent from the novel by John Irving

Dates and Venue January 18 – February 9, 2019, Wed - Sat at 8pm; (+ 2pm Saturday matinees) | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave

Director Ian Farthing Costume Design Julie White Lighting Design Patrick Smith Sound Design Rick Calhoun Stage Manager Sammie Hatch

Reviewer John Jane

Everything about Simon Bent’s adaptation of the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany is large. A cast of seventeen actors share twenty-eight roles. Some actors go through as many as four costume changes. The original hard cover novel is the thick end of 600 pages. Full review



The Firehall Arts Centre
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell

Dates and Venue January 12 – February 9, 2019, Tues at 7pm, Wed-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3pm & 8pm, Sun at 3pm & Wed at 1pm PWYC |Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova

Performers Benjamin Millman, Scott Perrie, Adriana Ravalli, Kimmy Choi, Samantha Bourque, & David Z. Cohen

Directors Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman Musical Director Andrew Cohen Choreography Anna Kuman & Andrew Cohen Set Designer Carolyn Rapanos Lighting Designer Ian Schimpf Sound Designer Geoff Hollingshead Costume Designer Jessie Van Rijn Technical Director Ted Roberts Stage Manager Jillian Perry

Reviewer John Jane

Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, whist placed in a theatrical setting, thanks largely to Carolyn Rapanos’ visually intriguing set and Ian Schimpf’s dramatic lighting, is much closer to being a tribute concert with added choreography, than a stage musical. Full review



xBroadway Across Canada
The Illusionists

Dates and Venue January 15 - 20, 2019, Tues - Sun evenings at 7:30pm with Sat and Sun matinees at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Amazing show! I've always liked magic shows. In fact, I still remember when I was a child, I volunteered to come onstage for an egg trick. I still remember the magician trying to get an egg he put in my mouth and I wasn't giving in. He finally took it out and planted it somewhere. Full review



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

Dates and Venues
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 Ed Farolan

This is the kind of play where you expect something different every night. In fact, in the programme notes, director/creator Rebecca Northan said that some audience members think the blind date in the show is a plant in the audience, but she says it’s not so. Full review