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


Western Gold Theatre
90 Days by Salim Rahemtulla

When & Where September 8 – 25, 2022 at 7.30pm (2pm matinees on Sept. 18, 22, 24 & 25 | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero Street

Director Melissa Oei Costume Design Donnie Tajani Set Design Kimira Reddy Lighting Design Rebekah Johnson Sound Design Joelysa Pankanea Dramaturg Natasha Nadir Stage Manager Karen Chiang Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Brew

Reviewer John Jane

The world premiere of this theatrical production presented by Western Gold Theatre coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of what was certainly the most bizarre human event of the twentieth century – the 1972 Ugandan forced exodus of its Asian community imposed by Idi Amin Dada. This semi-autobiographical play focuses on a fictitious Ismaili family caught up in a crisis not of their own making. Full review

 


Broadway Across Canada
Come from Away by Irene Sankoff & David Hein

When & Where August 16-28, 2022; Tue - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun evening at 7:30pm and matinees on Sat and Sun at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Christopher Ashley Music Supervision Ian Eisendrath Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt Costume Design Toni-Leslie James Lighting Design Howell Binkley Sound Designer Gareth Owen Stage Manager Shawn Pennington

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Twenty years ago, when terrorist-guided planes destroyed the World Trade Centre and spurred hate crimes, prejudice and wars, they also produced a flowering of neighbourly help and goodwill, not just in cosmopolitan New York, but around the world, and specifically in the small, far-off town of Gander on the island of Newfoundland, "the Rock". 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


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



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


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

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





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