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