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

 

Children’s Theatre of Richmond
CATS Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

When & Where July 29 - August 7, 2022; Nightly at 7pm (Dark Mon and Tues); Sat & Sun Matinees at 2pm | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver

Director Mark Carter Musical Director Jeremy Hoffman Choreography Ken Overbey Set Designer Brian Ball Costume Designer Lily Yuen Lighting Designer Darren Hales Executive Producer Lily Yuan Stage Manager Alivia Sabatino

Reviewer John Jane

Adapted from The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of children’s poems by T.S. Eliot, CATS has become one of the most successful stage musicals ever and much of that success is due to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s contagious score that sets Eliot’s jeu d'esprit verse to dance and music. Full review

Theatre Under the Stars
We Will Rock You


When & Where July 2–August 27, 2022 at 8pm; Performances alternate evenings (7pm on Fireworks Nights July 23, 27 & 30)| Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Production Manager Richard Berg Director Saccha Dennis Set & Lighting Design Robert Sondergaard Costume Design Brian Ball Sound Design Bradley Danyluk Musical Director Christopher King Choreography Shay Kuebler Stage Manager Collette Berg Musicians Christopher King, Arielle Balance, Sam Brock-Mahood, Jason Heras, Monica Dumas & Colin Parker

Reviewer John Jane

The early strains of “Radio Ga Ga,” one the show’s instantly recognizable tunes performed by the ensemble in their flashy multicolored costumes, promises an evening of fun theatre; a promise that was, to a large extent fulfilled by a talented cast. Full review


Theatre Under the Stars
Something Rotten!

When & Where July 2–August 27, 2022 at 8pm; Performances alternate evenings (7pm on Fireworks Nights July 23, 27 & 30)| Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Production Manager Richard Berg Director Rachel Peake Choreography Nicol Spinola Music Director Brent Hughes Technical Director Mathew Oviatt Fight Director Nicholas Harrison Intimacy Director Jessica Anne Nelson Set Design Shizuka Kai Costume Design Stephanie Kong Lighting Design Robert Sondergaard Sound Design Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Philomena Sondergaard

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Something Rotten! Is set in Renaissance England, with Shakespeare the celebrity of the day. His fame is envied by many who wish that there were some portion of praise and fame to be shared among other playwrights and performers. Full review


Geekenders
Kill The Ripper

When & Where July 7-9, 14-16 at 8pm | Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver

Playwright/Director/Producer Fairlith Harvey Composer/Lyricist Alison Jenkins Assistant Director/Intimacy Consultant Phay Moores Producer Julian Legere Fight/Movement Choreographers Jackie T. Hanlin and Nathania Bernabe Millinery Design Emma Jennie Clark Lighting Designer Christian Ching Set Designer/Props Emily Dotson Stage Manager Shila Amin Assistant Stage Manager/Props Eli Moores Cast and Musicians can be viewed here

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Opening night at the Rio Theatre is always a fun experience for any play they present. The theatre is nestled in the heart of East Vancouver and is a long-standing local institution that shares artsy and electric features across film and theatre. Kill the Ripper was no exception with a healthy turnout of horror and comedy enthusiasts eager to see what the Geekenders had developed. Full review


Bard on the Beach

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




Hamilton
by Lin-Manuel Miranda

When & Where 24 May – 19 June 2022, 8pm; matinees on Sat at 2pm & Sun at 1.30pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton Street

Director Thomas Kail Assistant Director Meg Farhall Scenic Designnic David Korin Costume Design Paul Tazewell Lighting Design Howard Binkley Sound Design Nevin Steinberg Music Director Andre Cerullo Stage Manager Steve Henry

Reviewer John Jane

Seven years after opening on Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater, Hamilton finally comes to Vancouver. Its popularity has been phenomenal and it’s easy to see why. Hamilton is an epic, politically inspired, biographical stage musical, with its sung-through dialogue delivered in mostly rap form. Full review

 

 

Gateway Theatre
In Wonderland by Anna Cummer

When & Where April 7 – 16, 2022 at 7.30pm except Sundays and Mondays; matinees: on Sat. April 9, Sun. April 10, and Wed. April 13 @ 2pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Haysam Kadri Assistant Director Meg Farhall Set & Costume Design Hanne Loosen Lighting Design Alexandra Prichard Sound Design Peter Moller Projection Design Jamie Nesbitt Stage Manager Ashley Rees Assistant Stage Manager Emma Slunt Surtitle Translator Johnny Wu

Reviewer John Jane

The Alberta Theatre Projects production of In Wonderland is a stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. Only three actors are tasked with portraying many of characters we have come to associate with Carroll’s famous children’s story. The trio is led by the youngest performer, Filipina- Canadian multidisciplinary artist Sarah Roa, who plays Alice throughout the entire show. Full review



Pacific Theatre
How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann

When & Where March 25 – April 16, 2022, Wed-Sat at 8pm; Saturday matinees at 2pm & Sun Apr 3 & 10 at 3pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Director Sarah Rodgers Set Design Jessica Oostergo Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design and Composition Rick Colhoun Costume Design Stephanie Kong

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann opened at the Pacific Theatre on Friday, March 25. The play is set in Plainview, a small town in Kansas in the present day. Susan (Meghan Gardiner) is a science teacher who has come from New York to finish her qualifications for her teaching degree and finds her classroom is a converted trailer as the town has been destroyed by a tornado. Full review