Carousel Theatre for Young People, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and Zee Zee Theatre

The Penguin Play by Dave Deveau

When & Where May 15-June 2, school matinees and public performances at various times | Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street

Inspired by the true story of two male penguins who were gifted an egg at New York’s Central Park Zoo and the beloved children's book about their story, And Tango Makes Three – as well as Deveau’s own parenting experience with his husband and the play’s director Cameron Mackenzie, this playful and imaginative work follows a pair of penguin fathers and their zoo keeper friend as they navigate the delightful chaos of throwing a first birthday party in a visually-spectacular, over-the-top show.

Tickets and information at Carousel Theatre

The Firehall Arts Centre

This Is How We Got Here by Keith Barker

When & Where April 13 – 28, evenings at 7:30pm, Sat & Sun at 3pm & Wed at 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street

Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, This Is How We Got Here follows a close-knit family still dealing with the lingering trauma of an unexpected loss. A family must learn how to move forward after their shared grief as they re-learn how to interact with one another through humour, forgiveness, and love.

Tickets from $30 at firehallartscentre.ca OR call 604.689.0926

The Cultch
You used to call me Marie… by Tai Amy Grauman

When & Where April 18 – 14, 2024; evenings at 7:30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Experience the love stories of Alberta’s Métis Callihoo women. You used to call me Marie… follows Iskwewo, Napew, and Mistatim in eight intertwined stories of love and resilience as the Métis nation emerges across the plains. Through stories of the fur trade, governance, and organizing in the 1930s and into the present day, the story of Marie Callihoo unfurls through generations and time.

Tickets from $29. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or thecultch.com/event/you-used-to-call-me-marie

Dorrance Dance (US) In partnership with Vancouver Tap Dance Society

When & Where April 19 & 20, 2024 at 8pm | Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.

SOUNDspace is an exploration of sound and its interaction with movement. Watch dancers move through space to the accompaniment of percussive rhythm. Watch dancers integrate movement with sound and space. Dorrance Dance is a New York based company channeling the history of tap dance into its programs, integrating historic tap dance with contemporary dance techniques and throwing a spotlight on the genre of tap dance with hypnotic effect.

Tickets from $70. Purchase online: tickets.dancehouse.ca/TheatreManager/1/online

George Bizet’s Carmen

When & Where April 27 at 7:30pm, April 28, 2pm, May 2 at 7:30pm, May 4 at 7:30pm & May 5 at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

This passionate story is told through seductive arias and enduring, richly coloured melodies. Rachel Peake returns to Vancouver Opera to direct Carmen alongside conductor Leslie Dala for a five-show engagement. Carmen will be portrayed by Sandra Piques. Alok Kumar and Matthew White will both perform the role of Don José.

Tickets prices from $79. Purchase online at: vancouveropera.ca/overview/carmen

The Cultch in association with Neworld Theatre
Fat Joke written and performed by Cheyenne Rouleau

When & Where April 25 – May 05, 2024; evenings 7.30pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables St

A mix of stand-up comedy, storytelling, and fact-blasting, Fat Joke puts fatphobia under the spotlight. Drawing upon personal experience and research, comedian, actor, and writer Cheyenne Rouleau dissects this often-untalked-about topic with eviscerating wit.

Tickets from $29. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or thecultch.com/event/fat-joke

Metro Theatre
Moonlight & Magnolias

When & Where April 26 - May 18; evenings at 8pm, matinees on Sundays at 2pm | Metro Theatre, 1370 MarineDrive SW, Vancouver

An uproarious comedy that virtually guarantees laughter and entertainment! The iconic David O. Selznick, knee-deep into the filming of Gone with the Wind, suddenly realizes the script is a complete disaster and the director is clueless. With just five days to salvage the production before it shuts down, David hastily scrambles to replace the director and screenwriter to restart the shoot. Enter a fresh-faced film director, and a renowned screenwriter. The three of them embark on a whirlwind week-long journey to wrangle Margaret Mitchell's mammoth novel into a coherent screenplay.

Tickets Reg aduld $36, Seniors & Students $33, Preview $25. Call the box office 604-266-7191 OR Purchase online: tickets.metrotheatre.com/TheatreManager/

23rd Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival

When & Where May 2 – 12, 2024 | Various locations in Vancouver

This year’s Festival will showcase a total of 48 features and mid-lengths, 34 short films, as well as Industry events and multiple opportunities for filmmakers, audiences and industry professionals to connect. Screenings will take place at The Vancouver Playhouse (Opening), The Cinematheque, VIFF Centre and SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, with industry events held at SFU’s World Art Centre and The Post at 750

Tickets General Admission $16, Students (with valid ID), Seniors (65+) $14, Accessible $14. Purchase online: www.doxafestival.ca/tickets

The Cultch & Urban Ink
by Kamila Sedi ego

When & Where May 2 12, 2024; evenings 7.30pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver

Ana, a first-generation Filipino Canadian, asks questions her mother is too pained to even hear. Instead, she searches for answers from her uncooperative and estranged aunt from the Philippines. Homecoming is a visceral show with moments of magic and laughter, exploring cultural identity and familial duty. It asks what is home for those who are displaced, who are stuck, or who have never known a home.

Tickets from $29. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or thecultch.com/event/homecoming

Pacific Theatre

A Case For The Existence Of God by Samuel D. Hunter
When & Where
May 16 -June 9, 2024; : Wed-Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri-Sat at 8pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm I Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Avenue

Two young fathers - a mortgage broker, and a plant worker desperate to buy a piece of land - meet to discuss a loan in an unassuming cubicle. As Keith and Ryan grapple with the realities of adulthood, a shared quest for meaning and belonging transcends the systems that fence them in.

Tickets $15-$40 available online at www.pacifictheatre.org or by phone at 604.731.5518


The Arts Club Theatre Company
Sexy Laundry by Michele Riml

When & Where April 11 to May 2, 2024; evenings Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees on Wed at 1:30pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver

In Sexy Laundry, Alice and Henry are coming to grips with their lacklustre sex life. Time, kids, and stress—not to mention gravity—have taken their toll. In an effort to rekindle the magic in their 25-year marriage, they go on a naughty hotel retreat, equipped with a copy of Sex for Dummies. But they soon find that when the clothes come off, so do the gloves.

Tickets from $29. More info at artsclub.com

Gateway Theatre
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig, adapted from a story by Arthur Conan Doyle

When & Where April 11 to 20, 2024; evenings at 7.30pm and matinees on Wed, Sat & Sun at 1pm | Gateway Theatre’s Mainstage, 6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond

Ludwig’s comedy is a fresh and lively take on the legendary tale of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. From the master of mayhem Ken Ludwig comes a fast-paced, pulse-pounding comedy like no other. Directed by Barbara Tomasic, this production promises a rollercoaster of laughter, suspense and wit.

Tickets Adult prices are at $35, $46 & $55 depending in section. Purchase online: Tickets - Gateway Theatre

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Medusa Theatre
Parifam by Aki Yaghoubi

When & Where April 4 – 14, 2024; evenings at 7:30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street

Detached from family and friends, Parifam Mana draws and paints in her private studio in Montréal—a place where memory and inspiration are in a continuous battle. Parifam‘s world is turned upside down when her childhood friend Ramak re-enters her life. Parifam and Ramak grapple with the hidden truths that linger in their past—soon to be revealed in an exhibition on Persian culture at a museum they built together.

Tickets according to section: $49, $44, $39, & $29. Indigenous Pricing: Self-identifying Indigenous patrons can get tickets (sections A / A+) for just $20! Use promo code: 2324Indigenous. Box Office Phone: 604-251-1363 or purchase online: Parifam-thecultch.com

The Arts Club Theatre Company
Red Velvet

When & Where March 21 - April 21, 2024, evenings Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees on Wed at 1:30pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver.

It’s 1833, and at London’s Theatre Royal, Ira Aldridge is making history by becoming the first Black actor to tread the boards as Shakespeare’s Othello. As the public and parliament debate the abolition of slavery, how will audiences react to the revolution already taking place on the stage? Step into the tempestuous Covent Garden rehearsal hall in this thought-provoking and captivating play within a play about the little-known but true story of the groundbreaking performer.

Tickets from $29. More info at artsclub.com