Broadway Across Canada

Fiddler on the Roof

When & Where January 17 - 22, 2023 at 8pm; matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street

(Original) Director Bartlett Sher (Original) Choreography Hofesh Shecter Tour Director Sari Ketterr Tour Choreography Christopher Evans Conductor Jonathon Marro Music Supervisor Ted Sperling Set Design Michael Yeargan Costume Design Catherine Zuber Lighting Design Donald Holder Sound Design Scott Lehrer & Alex Neumann Stage Manager Abby Bobb

Reviewer John Jane

This revival of Fiddler on the Roof opened its short run at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre with a stellar performance. Jonathon Hashmonay is the long suffering, yet steadfast Tevye, the de facto village leader on whom its people look to for wisdom and fortitude. He finds personal solace in kibitzing directly with God as if he was his best friend. Full review



Metro Theatre 
Shirley Valentine

When & Where January 13 - 29, 2023 at 8pm, matinees at 2pm | Metro Theatre, 1370 Marine Drive SW, Vancouver

Director Alison Schamberger Production Manager Joan Koebel Set Designer Warren Johnson Costume Design Christine Egerton-Ball Sound Designer Roger Monk Lights and Technical Director Les Erskine Stage Manager Heather Webster

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Shirley Valentine offers an insight into an “ordinary” woman’s questions about the value of her life as she approaches middle age. She questions her relationship with her husband, her grown children, her neighbours and friends, as might be expected, but her examination of herself, her loyalty to her own soul and spirit, is the meat of the play. Full review



Ronnie Burkett
Photo: Alejandro Santiago

The Cultch

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes:

When & Where January 10 - 28, 2023 at 7.30pm & January 29 at 2pm | The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.

Creator & Performer Ronnie Burkett Music Producer John Alcorn Stage Manager Crystal Salverda

Reviewer John Jane

Little Willy is Canadian puppeteer Ronnie Burkett’s first new production in more than three years. The title is a reference to William Shakespeare, but those who are familiar with Burkett’s Daisy Theatre shows know not to expect much to do with the Bard of Stratford. Full review

Pacific Theatre
The Messiah

When & Where November 25 – December 17, 2022, Wed-Sat at 8pm, Sat at 2pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 12th Ave W, Vancouver

Director Ian Farthing. Set and Costume Design Cecilia Vadala Lighting Design Chengyan Boon Sound Design Shona Struthers Properties Monica Emme Stage Manager Victoria Snashall

Cast John Voth, Peter Carlone, and Karen Ydenberg

Reviewer John Jane

Much of the humour is generated from Voth’s overly earnest narration, Carlone’s nuanced delivery of malapropisms and the pair’s combined silly slapstick. Karen Ydenberg certainly holds her own with some excellent physical comedy.......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-age (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