The Cultch
East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid

When & Where November 16, 2022 - January 01, 2023 at 7pm with weekend matinees at 2pm | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr. Vancouver. Panto Online is available to stream on-demand from Dec. 17 - January 01. Visit the ticketing website here.

Playwright Sonja Bennett Director Meg Roe Assistant Director Arthi Chandra Composer/Musical Director Veda Hille Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith Assistant Stage Manager Yvonne Yip Producer Andy Cohen Choreographer Amanda Testini Cast and additional credits can be viewed here.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Presenting The Little Mermaid to celebrate a decade of Panto, the opening night guests were in for a delightful holiday treat as The Cultch invited us to be “a part of their world!” Pun intended for us true Little Mermaid fans. Full review

 


United Players
Wittenberg by David Davalos

When & Where November 11 – December 4, 2022 | Wed - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun matinees at 2pm; Talk backs: Thursday 17th and Sunday 20th November | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.

Director Adam Henderson Set Design Emily Dotson Costume Design Julie White Technical direction and Lighting Design Michael Methot Sound Christopher King Stage Manager Emma Graveson

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Who would have thought that listening to Martin Luther work through his issues with the Church could lead to a hilariously entertaining evening? Davalos's subject inevitably brings to mind other playwrights who have engaged in vigorous dialectic, Tom Stoppard, Michael Frayn, John Osborne, but Davalos is his own man and the play is as funny as it is thought-provoking. Full review

Western Gold Theatre
Seventeen by Matthew Whittet

When & Where November 3 – 20, 2022 | Wed – Sat @ 7:30pm & Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun @ 2pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 300-581 Cardero Street

Director Michael Fera Costume Design Barbara Clayden Set Design Alaia Hamer Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Shona Struthers Choreography Jessie Au Stage Manager Ingrid Turk

Reviewer John Jane

Half dozen friends meet in an urban park playground to celebrate the last days of high school. The characters in Matthew Whittet’s ensemble play are the same age – seventeen - one is fifteen, the younger sister of one of the hopeful graduates. The first thing you notice is that the actors are middle-aged (and older). Full review

 

 

 

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
A co-production with Prairie Theatre Exchange and Soulpepper Theatre Company

Bad Parent by Ins Choi

When & Where Oct 13: 7:30pm (Preview), OCT 14–15, 18–22 7:30pm, Oct 16, 22–23 2pm | The Cultch, Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.

Director Meg Roe Assistant Director Hazel Venzon Dramaturg Thomas Morgan Jones Set Design Sophie Tang Costume Design Brenda McLean Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Deanna H. Choi Stage Manager Katie Robinson Hoppa

Reviewer John Jane

Bad Parent (note the singular form) is Ins Choi’s satire on the complexities of marriage and new parenthood seen through the lens of a couple ill prepared for either. Charles (Raugi Yu) and Norah (Josette Jorge) have had their lives turned upside-down with the arrival of Mountain, their now eighteen month old son. Full review

 

Pacific Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre
Benevolence by Fanny Britt

When & Where September 30 – October 15, 2022 at 8pm WED – SAT; 2pm matinees on Sat. | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Director Diane Brown Sound Design Rick Colhoun Set and Lighting Design John Webber Costume Design Jessica Oostergo Properties Monica Emme Stage Manager by Nico Dicecco

Reviewer John Jane

Set in rural Quebec in more or less present time, this translated production of Fanny Britt’s play, initially intended for French language audiences (originally titled Bienveillance), recounts the homecoming of Giles Jean after seventeen years to a mixed reception. Full review


2022 Vancouver Fringe Festival


Tightrope

Performer Trent Arterberry

September 13 - 18, 2022 | Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.

It was a delightful surprise to witness Trent Arterberry’s incredible talent in his presentation of how success can enslave a successful artist, and threaten all that is dear to him. I say, “delightful” because Arterberry carries the show with such personal charm and gentle humour, and because his skill at mime negates the need for sets or props. Full review



Sad Girl Songs

September 8,9,11,12,13 & 15, 2022 | Arts Umbrella, 1400 Johnson St.

Performer Gwendolyn Coburn

Bostonian Gwen Coburn’s sixty minute, one woman show covers a few bases – not all them – but certainly enough keep her audience guessing and perhaps even lose some on the way. She discusses topics that are convenient and inconvenient, relevant and irrelevant... Full review


Delusions and Grandeur

September 10,12,14,16,17 & 18, 2022 | Carousel Theatre, 1411 Cartwright St.

Performer Karen Hall

Munching her way through a SubwayTM sandwich, a tall slim blonde in a long black gown explains how she got drawn into her career as a classical cellist. It appears to have a career that chose her, rather than the other way round. Eventually though, she does take her instrument out of its hard black case and play the Prelude to Suite No.1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Violoncello by J.S. Bach Full review




Everybody Knows

September 8, 10,12,14,15 & 17, 2022 | Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue

Performer Rita Sheena

The title of Rita Sheena’s artful, semi-autobiographical theatre/dance piece comes from a selection of Leonard Cohen’s songs. Sheena’s athletic choreography dovetails exquisitely to Cohen’s songs that include: “Everybody Knows,” Who by Fire,“ “You Want it Darker,” “If it be your Will” “Famous Blue Raincoat” and Hallelujah.“ The performer shows beautiful movement around the stage, interpreting Cohen’s music to imaginative dance syntax. Full review

 

 

United Players
The Thursday Night Bridge Circle
by Ray Kennedy

When & Where Sept 9 - Oct. 2, 2022; Wed - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun matinees at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.

Director Sarah Rogers Set Design Brian Ball Costume Design Sheila White Lighting Design Mark Carter Stage Manager Jack Bumbala

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

The Thursday Night Bridge Circle is set very specifically in the small town of LaGrange, North Carolina, 1970. The Southern garden backdrop (by Brian Ball), fronted by a beautiful, magnolia-covered scrim evokes an aura of Southern grace and comfortable living. The unseen backdrop though is a racism so pervasive that for many of those living in it, it is invisible. Full review

Bard on the Beach

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

When & Where August 3 – September 24, 2022 at 7.30pm | Howard Family Stage, Vanier Park

Director Anita Rochon Set Designer Pam Johnson Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre Musical Director Joelysa Pankanea Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis Intimacy Director Lisa Goebel Lighting Designer Sophie Tang Stage Manager Jenny Kim

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Romeo and Juliet is a time-honoured feature of all Shakespeare festivals, yet patrons return time and again to enjoy this classic tragedy. Sometimes traditional, sometimes changed to new historical periods, dress and language, its theme triumphs over time. Full review

Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears

When & Where June 15 – July 17, 2022 at 7.30pm | Howard Family Stage, Vanier Park

Director Cherissa Richards Set & Costume Design Rachel Forbes Lighting Design Sophie Tang Sound Design Malcolm Dow Composer & Musical Director John Littlejohn Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis Intimacy Director Lisa Goebel Stage Manager Rebecca Mulvihill Musicians Alexander Boyton Jr., Marlene Ginader

Reviewer John Jane

The Harlem Duet time shifts between the 1860s, a period just prior to the abolition of slavery and in 1928 that shows Billie and Othello's relationship in analogue form; while the bulk of action takes place in the time that the play was written. Sears draws inspiration from Shakespeare's play Othello, though the characters and the story are original. Full review


A Midsummmer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

When & Where 8 June– 24 September 2022, Tuesdays through Sundays at 7.30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, under the tents in Sen?ákw/Vanier Park

Director Scott Bellis Set Design Amir Ofek Costume Design Christine Reimer Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design & Composer Mishelle Cuttler Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Midsummer is almost here and magic has arrived early on the stage at Bard on the Beach with Scott Bellis' current production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Against the backdrop of a decaying palace in the aftermath of an eastern European war, Hippolyta (Melissa Oie), every inch a warrior queen and a uniformed Theseus, Duke of Athens will soon make a political marriage. Full review