Pacific Theatre
God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler

When & Where June 2 – 24, 2023, evenings Wed - Sat at 8pm & Sat at 2pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Director Kaitlin Williams Set Design Alaia Hamer Costume Design Melicia Zaini Lighting Design Jonathan Kim Sound Design Chengyan Boon Properties Coordinator Monica Emme Stage Manager Taylor MacKinnon

Reviewer John Jane

Leah Nanko Winkler obviously likes to write about what she is most familiar with. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Caucasian American father, then raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the Shiota-Rose family at the centre of her family drama is much like her own, and is even set in Kentucky. Full review

A rice & beans theatre production

Happy Valley

When & Where May 25 - June 4, 2013, evenings 7.30pm, Sat, Sun at 3pm | Firehall Theatre, 280 East Cordova St.

Writer and Performer Derek Chan Dramaturg Heidi Taylor Sets/Props/Costume Design Megan Lane Video Designer Andie Lloyd Lighting Design Sapphire Haze

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Happy Valley closes out the 2022/23 season for the Firehall Arts Centre. It is an appropriate production to close the 40th season at the Firehall Arts Centre being an intimate one man show in an intimate theatre. Derek Chan, playwright and performer of Happy Valley has devoted his life to theatre. Full review



Renegade Arts Co.
Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater

When & Where May 25 – June 10, 2023 | The Shop Theatre, 8877 Selkirk St., Vancouver

Reviewer Eve Newstead

A musical about sex, suicide and rock ‘n’ roll? No wonder Spring Awakening turned heads and won Tonys when it hit Broadway back in 2006. But then where did it go? After much praise and celebration, the provocative musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater dropped off stages. Now, Renegade Arts remind Vancouver of its hilarity and poignancy. Full review



Broadway Across Canada

by Andrew Lloyd Webber

When & Where May 23 to 28, 2023 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street

Tickets are available for purchase online at Groups of 10 or more can purchase by calling 1-800-889-8457.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Looking for a first-class, feline feeling? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece Cats, running over 40 years and one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, will certainly not disappoint. It is being presented currently at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, downtown Vancouver. Full review



The Cultch
Body Parts by Tara Cheyenne Performance

When & Where May 3 at 7:30pm (Opening), May 4 – 6 at 7:30pm & May 6 at 2pm | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver

Choreography Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Music Direction Marc Stewart Set Design Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg + Josh Martin, Kate Franklin and Melanie Yeats Costume Design Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Lighting Design James Proudfoot Technical Direction Nico Dicecco
Contributing Artists Bevin Poole, Kim Steveson, Caroline Liffman, Justine A. Chambers, Jamie Robinson, Zahra Shahab, and Lisa Gelley

Reviewer John Jane

Body Parts is a multi-layered performance show that combines stand-up comedy, physical humour, self-analysis and even dance. The titular “body parts” all belong to versatile dance-theatre artist Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, who not only choreographed and performs solo, but had a hand in direction, costume and set design....Full review

The Improv Centre

Bring Back the '90s!

When & Where April 20-May 27, 2023, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm | The Improv Centre on Granville Island.

Tickets on sale from $26.50. Special '90s Pricing for Opening Weekend starting at $13.50 at

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Born in 1982, the 90s was my ‘jam’ as I went through my coming of age during highschool in Chilliwack within this decade. I loved everything from the music, fashion, pop culture, lingo and more. So obviously, it was a clear choice to get to Granville Island for opening night of Bring Back the ‘90s at the Improv Centre and I was definitely not disappointed! Full review


Gateway Theatre
Hey Viola!

When & Where April 13 to 22, 2023, evenings at 7.30pm plus Wed, Sat & Sun matinees at 1pm | Gateway Theatre, Mainstage, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC

Director Tracey Power Associate Director Sereana Malani Music Director Steve Charles Lighting Design Jillian White Set Design Drew Facey Costume Design CS Fergusson-Vaux Stage Manager Angela Beaulieu Musicians Mary Ancheta Piano, Steve Charles Bass & Guitar, Chris Davis Drums & Trumpet

Reviewer John Jane

Hey Viola! is Krystle Dos Santos and Tracey Power's musical biography of Canadian civil-rights activist Viola Desmond in first person form by a solo performer. Tracey Power also takes on the responsibility of stage direction and Krystle Dos Santos delivers the storytelling plus vocals. Full review


The Cultch and The Search Party
Stupid F*cking Bird by Aaron Posner

When & Where April 12-23, 2023, 7.30pm evenings, Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver

Director Mindy Parfitt Original Music James Sugg Costume Design Jessica Oostergo Set Design Amir Ofek Lighting Design Itai Erdal Sound Design Owen Belton Musical Direction Anton Lipovetsky
Cast Nathan Kay, Anton Lipovetsky, Jesse Lipscombe, Kevin McNulty, Baraka Rahmani, Kerry Sandomirsky and Emma Slipp

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Aaron Posner, American playwright, has a large collection of adaptations of classical works. One of these is Stupid F*cking Bird which premiered in Washington DC on May 31, 2013. It received positive reviews and has been acknowledged as a successful adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull. Full review

Pacific Theatre

Black & Rural

When & Where March 31 – April 15, 2023, Evenings at 8pm with Saturday matinees at 2pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver

Director Richard Wolfe Composer/Musician Rufus Cappadocia Choreography Amber Barton Set Design Cecilia Vadala Costume Design Cecilia Vadala Lighting Design Brad Trenaman Stage Manager Kayleigh Sandomirsky

Reviewer John Jane

Jones herself has enjoyed living in Kaslo in the West Kootenays British Columbia for quite a few years. She uses her one-woman show to relate her own journey in the search for personal identity and connecting to her roots. Full review

Broadway Across Canada

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Book by Garry Marshall & J.F. Lawton, Music & Lyrics by Bryan Adams & Jim Valance

When & Where March 29 to April 2, 2023 at 8pm; matinees at 2pm| Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street

Director & Choreographer Jerry Mitchell Music Director Daniel Klintworth Music Coordinator Michael Kellar & Michael Aarons Set Design David Rockwell Costume Design Gregg Barnes Sound Design John Shivers Lighting Design Kenneth Posner & Philip Rosenberg Production Stage Manager Kelsey Tippins

Reviewer John Jane

Pretty Woman: The Musical is, as one would expect, a musical theatre adaptation of Garry Marshall’s 1990 romantic comedy that starred Richard Gere as the out-of-town billionaire and Julia Roberts as a working girl on Hollywood Boulevard. So, how does it compare to the original? Full review



The Cultch

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

When & Where March 23 - April 2, 2023, evening at 7.30pm & Sat & Sun at 2pm | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St. Vancouver

Performer Jacob Rajan Director Justin Lewis Dramaturge Murray Edmond Set Design John Verryt Costume Design Elizabeth Whiting Puppet Designer & Puppeteer Jon Coddington Composer & Sound Design David Ward Lighting Design & Stage Managment D. Andrew Potvin

Reviewer John Jane

Paradise OR the Impermanence of Ice Cream is a single-handed play performed by Malaysian-born, Wellington, New Zealand based, Indian playwright and actor Jacob Rajan. Rajan was inspired by Ernest Becker’s prize-winning book with the rather more straight forward title Denial of Death. Full review


United Players

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

When & Where March 24-April 16, 2023 Thurs-Sat evenings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre

Director Moya O'Connell Technical Director Michael Methot Set Design Emily Dotson Costume Design Julie White Sound Design Torquil Campbell Lighting Design Mark Carter Props Design Josina de Bree Stage Managment Finnley O'Brien

Reviewer John Jane

Set in roughly the time it was written, in Oslo, Norway (at the time known as Kristiania), this United Players production is a period appropriate version of Henrik Ibsen’s drawing room drama Hedda Gabler. Under Moya O'Connell’s superb direction, Hayley Sullivan’s nuanced portrayal gives Hedda more scope than just the reluctant socialite with a bad attitude. Full review

Metro Theatre
The Pied Piper

When & Where March 18 – 26, 2023, matinees 1:00 and 3:30 Saturdays and Sundays. Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased by calling 604 266 7191.

Director/Writer Catherine Morrison Musical Director Nicola Davies Choreographer Allyson Riley Production Manager Catherine Morrison Stage Manager Shay Cameron Props Susan Munkeskov Costume Designer Rene Schindel Lighting Designer Les Erskine Sound Designer Catherine Morrison, Les Erskine Scenic Painting Emily Dotson

Reviewer Christian Steckler

A fresh change has come our way in the production of the children’s classic, The Pied Piper. The familiar story recounts the solution to a rat infestation in a German village at the turn of the 20th Century, that duplicity turns into a crisis. The customary excellent production values of the Metro Theatre are present in this delightful presentation. The theatre attendance at this weekend matinee production was, as expected, mostly children of various ages, and the performance delighted and engaged everyone. Full review

The Cultch in association with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre
My Little Tomato

When & Where March 9 - 19, 2023, 7.30pm, matinees at 2pm on March 12, 18 & 19 | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver. Tickets from $25. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or

Cast and additional credits can be viewed here.

Playwright Rick Tae Director Cameron Mackenzie Assistant Director Jack Bumbala Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel Producer Derek Chan Associate Producer Shanae Sodhi Set & Props Designer Sophie Tang Costume Designer Melicia Zaini Lighting Designer Jonathan Kim Sound Designer & Composition Mary Jane Coomber Assistant Sound Designer Mishelle Cuttler Production Manager Jamie Sweeney Associate Production Manager Brianna Bernard Technical Director Christian Ching Props Coordinator Monica Emme Stage Manager Yvonne Yip Apprentice Stage Manager Yuting Yue Movement Coordinator Ted Littlemore Intimacy Director Karyn Mott

Reviewer Jason Martin

My Little Tomato, playwright Rich Tae’s surreal romantic comedy, starring Shay Dior, Taylor Kare and Nelson Wong, gives us the juicy fruit we crave and the hearty vegetables we need in a performance that feels sometimes theatrical, sometimes therapeutic, but always endearing. Full review

Broadway Across Canada
Anastasia book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

When & Where March 7-12, 2023; Tue - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun evening at 7:30pm and matinees on Sat and Sun at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Sarah Hartmann Music Director Glenn Alexander II Choreograher Bill Burns Scenic Design Alexander Dodge Lighting Design Donald Holder Costume Design Linda Cho Sound Design Peter Hylensk

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Anastasia is part historical fiction, part caper story and part romance. In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution a rumour has spread that Anastasia, the youngest Romanov daughter, escaped being murdered with the rest of her family. In 1920's Moscow, Anya has been so traumatised that she has lost all memory of her life before waking in hospital. She meets Dmitry, a dashing young con man and his partner in crime, Vlad Popov. Dmitry and Vlad have a plan but General Gleb Vaganov is hot on their trail. Full review

Carousel Theatre and Kaleidoscope Theatre
Oz by Patrick Shanahan

When & Where March 1-26, 2023, various dates and times | Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver

Director Jennica Grienke Lighting Design Rebekah Jonhson Set Design Ryan Cormack Costume Design Donnie Tejani Properties Monica Emme Sound Design Mary Jane Coomber Stage Manager Taylor Mackinnon

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

How do you tell the story of the Wizard of Oz with only 3 actors? With an inventive text, versatile actors and a hefty dose of imagination, that’s how Full review

The Cultch
In association with Urban Ink & Raven Theatre & The Musical Stage Co.

Starwalker Book/Music/Lyrics by Corey Payette

When & Where February 16 - March 5, 2023 | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive

Choreography Ralph Escamillan Music Direction Sean Bayntun Set Design Anna Shearing Costume Design Alaia Hamer Lighting Design Jonathan Kim Sound Design Brad Danyluk Wardrobe Tiffany Bishop Props Kaleigh Funnell Stage Manager Melanie Thompson

Reviewer John Jane

In Starwalker, multi-faceted performance artist and indigenous storyteller Corey Payette has created a genre bending, groundbreaking stage musical. Full review