Vancouver Fringe Festival

When & Where Sept 10-20; Oct 1-10; Oct 29-Nov 8, Nov 26-Dec 6 | Revue Stage, Performance Works, and the Waterfront Theatre, all situated on and around Granville Island.

A Bard Buffet

September 9,11,12,14,17,19, 2021 at The Revue Stage
Performer Rodger Barton -- The review

Everybody Knows

Performance Dates September 11,12,14,15,17,18, 2021 at The Revue Stage
Performer Rita Sheena -- The review





Bard on the Beach
by Kate Besworth

When & Where Streamed on demand August 12 – September 30 , 2021

Director Arthi Chandra Lighting design Harika Zu Set design Pam Johnson Costume design Jessica Oostergo Sound design/Composer Mishelle Cuttler Editor Candelario Andrade Stage manager Joanne P.B. Smoards

Performers Charlie Gallant, Harveen Sandhu

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Done/Undone is a very clever and entertaining exposition of current issues in presenting and performing Shakespeare's plays .Kate Besworth, who grew up in Stratford in a theatrical family, has hacked through the thickets of Bardolatry, academic theory, cancel culture, actors' issues and audience reaction to discuss those aspects of Renaissance life that we now find so repugnant - chiefly misogyny, anti-Semitism, colonialism and racial superiority. She asks, 'should some of these plays not be performed today?' Full review



Pageant: A Musical Comedy Beauty Contest book and lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly, music by Albert Evans

When & Where Wednesdays August 11, 18, 25, 2021 at 3pm & 7:30pm (Pacific) | Online streaming

Director C. Shyer Johnson Musical Director Jeremy Hoffman Choreographer Ken Overly Lighting Design Vanka Salim Costume Design Julie White
Musicians Tyler Murray drums, Jeremy Hoffman Keyboards

CAST Frankie Cavalier Rachel Hayward Miss Bible Belt Jacob Woike Miss Deep South Nicholas Rose Miss Great Plains Derry Oshust Miss Industrial Northeast Matheus Severo Miss Texas Marco Walker-Ng Miss West Coast Nic Walter

Reviewer John Jane

Pageant is a mildly entertaining musical spoof on those once oh-so-popular beauty contests. The show is part burlesque and part good-humoured satire. Set in Spokane, Washington in 1989, six “Natural Born Females” that represent distinct regions of the Unites States, compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse. Full review



United Players
The Here and This and Now by Glenn Waldron

WHEN & WHERE June 4 – 27, 2021 Thurs - Sat at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. and on-lin

Director Lauren Taylor Lighting design Michael Methot Projection design Jacob Wan Set design Linda Begg Sound & video design Peacock Farm Productions Technical direction Leighton Taylor Stage manager Maria Denholme

Helen Evangela Kepinsky Niall Matt Loop Robbie Ishan Sandhu Gemma Jessica Wong Child Kieran Dhadwal

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Is happiness a fleeting moment which quickly passes into the humdrum continuum or a state of mind ripe with possibilities? How far will we go to achieve our aim, whether trying to sell a product or saving a beloved child’s life? Glenn Waldron explores these questions in a dark and enigmatic comedy.

Full review


Coldwater Communications
COCK by Mike Bartlett
WHEN & WHERE June 14 – 19, 2021 | Streamed via Broadway on DemandTM

Directors Caitlin Styker & Carmel Amit
Cast Troy Mundle Nathan Witte John Prowse and Lee Tomaschefski

Reviewer John Jane

Bartlett has created an interesting and provocative triangle with John, the only character referred to by name, at the centre.
The protagonist seems continuously confused: both about his sexual predilection and the core of own person, while both his male partner (Nathan Witte) and his newly acquired heterosexual interest retain no doubts about who they are and what they want.
Full review



The Cultch & Neworld Theatre

The Boy in the Moon Written by Emil Sher based on the story by Ian Brown

WHEN & WHERE May 6 - 8, 2021 at 7.30pm; May 9 at 12pm | streamed live from the Historic Theatre

Director Chelsea Haberlin Assistant Director Kelsey Kanatan Wavey Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre Set and Prop Designer Drew Facey Assistant Set and Prop Designer Stephanie Wong Lighting Designer Andrew Pye Projection Designer Candelario Andrade Composer/Sound Designer Marc Stewart

Reviewer John Jane

The Boy in the Moon is a three-handed, single act play developed from Canadian journalist Ian Brown’s series of Globe and Mail articles that deals with his son Walker's rare genetic disease, Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome (CFC). The play is essentially a conversation between Brown (Marcus Youssef) himself, and his wife Johanna Schneller (Meghan Gardiner). Full review



The Cultch

The Essentials (Soft Cedar)

WHEN & WHERE April 16-17, 2021, 7.30pm & 2pm on April 18 | Online, partially live-streamed from the York Theatre

Musicians Khari Wendell McClelland, Gordon Grdina, Tanika Charles, Jeanette Reed & Faye Mallett Spoken Word Performers Cecily Nicholson, Hari Alluri, Mia Birdsong, Jarrett Martineau, Ashon Crawley, Kathleen Gallagher, Andrew Kushnir, Harsha Walia & Seth Klein Dancer Henry Seaweed

Reviewer John Jane

Detroit native, now an adopted Canadian and a member of the gospel trio Sojourners, Khari Wendell McClelland asks his audiences to think about what is essential. He is joined on the York Theatre stage, in-person by international musicians and virtually by some eclectic spoken word performers. Full review


United Players of Vancouver

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

When & Where 26 March – 18 April 2021 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery, Vancouver

Director Laura McLean Technical Director Leighton Taylor Producer Fran Burnside Lighting Design Mark Carter Set Design R. Todd Parker Costume Design Julie White Sound Design Nico Dicecco Stage Manager Jonathon Paterson

Cast Henrietta Leavitt - Jenna Hill, Margaret Leavitt - Rebecca deBoer, Peter Shaw - Karthik Kadam, Annie Cannon - Anna Bui, Williamina Fleming - Rhona McCallum Lichtenwald

Reviewer John Jane

The play doesn’t just explore fact-based scientific matters, but also, at least, it attempts to portray the subject’s human relationships. Alas, Gunderson has to rely on her imagination to provide the characters that define Leavitt not just as an aurally challenged workaholic, but a woman who was spiritually passionate and dedicated to family and close colleagues. Full review