Fay Theatre/Excavation Theatre

GRACIE by Joan Macleod

When & Where February 22 – 25, 2024; evenings at 7pm & Sun at 2pm | Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Director Jessica Anne Nelson Sound Designer Shona Struthers
Costume Designer Amy King Lighting Designer Adam Prokop
Projection Filmmaker Evan Walsh Stage Manager Ivana Franz

Reviewer John Jane

Gracie is a one woman play based on supposed events by British Columbia playwright Joan MacLeod. It centres on the story of Gracie, an eight-year-old girl who travels by road from Utah to BC with her family: a (now) single mother, an older brother and two older sisters. Full review

 

 

The Cultch presents Monster Theatre's
Juliet: a Revenge Comedy by Pippa Mackie & Ryan Gladstone

When & Where Feb 8 - 23, 2023, Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sat. 17th at 2pm and 7.30pm & Sundays at 2 pm | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver

Director Ryan Gladstone Original Score Drew Jurecka Set Design Alexandra Caprara Lighting Design Jon Paterson & Jude Weismiller Costume Design Nita Bowerman Stage Manager Taylor MacKinnon

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Juliet: a Revenge Comedy is a giddy romp conducted by one of Shakespeare’s most memorable heroines. A deliciously post-modern Juliet (Lili Beaudoin) rebels against the constant re-iteration of her inevitable suicide and breaks through the fourth wall – visible to her - to go on a quest to write her own life. She stumbles on a book dropped by William Shakespeare. (Ryan Gladstone as a wildly improbably Shakespeare, by the way, big and bursting, a bit clumsy and dressed as a woman.) Full review


The Firehall Arts Centre
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by Tracey Power and Steve Charles

When & Where Performance Times: Tues - Sat , 7:30pm & matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 3pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova

Director Tracey Power Musical Director Steve Charles Tracey Power Set and Costume Design Drew Facey Design Consultant Ted Roberts Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Trevor Tews Stage Manager Emma Hammond

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Leonard Cohen is one of Canada’s national treasures. How fortunate are those who had the opportunity to see him perform while he lived! And for others, how fortunate to experience this wonderful creation of the spirit of his work set down in a coherent narrative. Full review



Metro Theatre

Send Me No Flowers

When & Where Febr 3 - 24, 2024; evenings 8pm, Sunday matinees 2pm | Metro Theatre: 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Director Emma Graveson Production Managers Joan Koebel & James Barclay Lighting Design Nate Kelly Sound Design James Barclay Costume Design Kassandra Sisson Scenic Carpenters Robin Richardson Rob Moser Props Michelle Roebuck Stage Manager Michelle Roebuck

Reviewer Christian Steckler

In a world exploding into regional wars fuelled by hate and greed, and threatening world peace, it is a welcome relief to visit, if only for an evening, a time and a set of problems of a simpler nature. Metro Theatre’s Send Me No Flowers is a holiday in laughter about misunderstandings and their consequences on a scale far removed from those rattling the world right now. Full review

 

 

United Players

Gertrude and Alice by Anna Chatterton, Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja

When & Where Jan.19 - Feb. 11, 2024; Thurs. - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun matinees at 2pm; Talk backs: Thursday 14th and Sunday 17th | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.

Director Lois Anderson Set Design Cecilia Vadala, Costume Design Sheila White Lighting Design Ben Paul Sound Design Julia Lank Technical Director James MacIntosh Stage Manager Julia Lank

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

I must admit I was not looking forward to a play about Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, so it is a pleasure to write that this an excellent play, cleverly directed by Lois Anderson and superbly acted by Tanja Dixon-Warren (Gertrude) and Kelsi James (Alice). Full review



Broadway Across Canada

Mean Girls

When & Where January 23 to 28, 2024 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street. Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.ca.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Due to the popularity of the original cult-classic movie Mean Girls from the early 2000s, a musical has been born that is now available as a Broadway play as well as a motion picture film that is currently in theatres. Attending the opening night for the Broadway play at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was a ‘fetch’ing experience filled with a sold-out crowd, vibrant dancing and musical tunes to keep you tapping your toes throughout the performance. Full review

 


Gateway Theatre
The Magic of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

When & Where December 14 - 31, 2023; 7:30pm evenings with 1pm matinees | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Johnna Wright Music Director Sean Bayntun Choreography Nicol Spinola Set & Props Design Jennifer Stewart & Sophie Tang Lighting Design Sophie Tang Costume Design Alaia Hamer Sound Design Darren John Stage Manager Philomena Sondergaard

Ella Ali Watson Topher Kamyar Pazandeh Madame Lossen Chambers Lord Pinkleton Ryan Maschke Sebastian Tainui Kuru

Reviewer John Jane

The new book by Douglas Carter Beane brings the story to a modern sentimentality. Beane’s incarnation is certainly more political and definitely more progressive. Prince Charming (in this new version he is known simply as Topher) realizes that listening to the common folk is more important than listening to corrupt advisers. Full review

 

 

Metro Theatre
Sinbad! (Pantomime) by Ellie King

When & Where December 7 – 30, 2023 at 7.30pm; matinee performances at 2pm Dec 10, 16, 17, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, Jan 1 | Metro Theatre, 1370 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver

Director James T. Walker Musical Director Kerry O’Donovan Choreography Linzi Voth Costume Design Rene Schindel Set Design Rob Moser and Shel Piercy Lighting Design Keith S. Woods Set Design Rob Moser and Shel Piercy Props Design and Construction Heather Stewart Sound Effects Design Roger Monk Special Effects Rob Moser.Stage Manager Aleks Harrison

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Christmas is a time for family fun; and what better way for families to regale than to attend one of the several traditional English pantomimes performed around the city? Metro Theatre’s SINBAD! checks all the right boxes for an evening of madcap fun and interactive madness. Full review

 

 

Firehall Arts Centre
Ann Mortifee’s Reflections on Crooked Walking

When & Where December 2 - 24, 2023, Tues -Sat at 7:30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun at 3pm & PWYC on Tuesday at 7:30pm & Wednesday at 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street

Director Donna Spencer Musical Director Jane Milliken Choreography Joe Laughlin Costume Design Barbara Clayden Lighting Design Ted Roberts
Performers Meghan Gardiner, Jesse Lipscombe, Evelyn Chew, Sanders Whiting, Jennifer Lynch, Tanner Zerr, Jeffrey Follis, Daune Campbell, MarijaDanyluk, Ted Angelo Ngkaion, Matheus Severo and Joelle Wyminga.

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

It is a musical full of fanciful costumes, toe tapping music, laughter and a touch of sadness as it winds its way to a heartfelt conclusion. The actors worked their own magic crafting characters that the audience could really believe in. Full review

 

 


United Players

A Christmas in Wales Inspired by Dylan Thomas, adapted by Denis & Sarah Rodgers

When & Where December 1 – 24, 2023, Thurs - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun matinee at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

Director Sarah Rodgers Associate Director Leslie Dos Remedios Music Director Alison Jenkins Set Design Kevin McAllister Costume Design Catherine Carr Lighting Design Christian Ching Technical Director Nico Dicecco Stage Manager Emma Graveson

Reviewer John Jane

Sarah Rodgers and her late father Denis have adapted the Dylan Thomas autobiographical short story A Child’s Christmas in Wales into a play with added prose from the Welsh poet plus a few well-known folk tunes. Seven actors (3 women, four men) take on twenty-five characters. Full review

 

 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Adapted from C.S Lewis’s novel by Ron Reed

When & Where November 23 – December 23, 2023; Wed - Thurs 7:30pm, 8pm Fri / Sat with 2pm Sat and Sunday matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue

Director Sarah Rodgers Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Julie Casselman Costume Design Sheila White Props Dianna Lewis Stage Manager Victoria Snashall

Interiewer Eve Newstead

It is no mean feat adapting a sprawling fantasy world for theatre. Double the challenge when using two actors on a small traverse stage. Ron Reed’s adaptation of C.S Lewis’s favourite nostalgic novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe shows us how its done; driven by the power of imagination. Full review

 

 

Theatre Replacement
East Van Panto: Beauty and the Beast

When & Where November 22, 2023 - January 7, 2024 | York Theatre (The Cultch), 639 Commercial Dr. Vancouver. Visit the Cultch’s website for more details and to purchase tickets here.

Playwrights Jivesh Parasram and Christine Quintana Director Anita Rochon Assistant Director Howard Dai Composer/Musical Director Veda Hille Stage Manager Emma Hammond Assistant Stage Manager Jenny Kim Producers Daniel O’Shea & Andrew McCaw Choreographer Amanda Testini Costume Designer Alaia Hamer. Cast and additional credits can be viewed here.

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

It was a “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme”, curated as a pantomime. And, it was magical!

Presenting the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, the opening night guests were in for a delightful holiday treat as part of the East Van Panto, an annual tradition loved by the local arts community. For those who don’t know what Panto is, it is based on the pantomime concept where a fairy tale is personalized to our beautiful city of Vancouver with a Holidays twist. Full review

 


The Improv Centre
Back To The Holidays

When & Where November 23 – December 24, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, until December 24 | The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Full details at www.theimprovcentre.ca
Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Nestled in the heart of Granville Island lies the quaint Improv Centre where the laughs are loud and the energy is captivating! To kickstart this Winter season, their new Improv set gets us merry with a Holiday theme and cheer. Full review





An Interview with Sarah Rodgers – Director of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Pacific Theatre

Interiewer Eve Newstead

This year’s festive season, Pacific Theatre are remounting their production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Adapted by Pacific’s founder Ron Reed, the narrative is an imaginative sequel and return to Narnia with Peter and Lucy as adults rediscovering the wonders behind the wardrobe.Magic and nostalgia for the whole family. Full review

 


Broadway Across Canada
Hadestown

When & Where November 7 to 12, 2023, evenings at 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre| Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Rachel Chavkin Choreography David Neumann Music Director Eric Kang Music Coordinator David Lai Scenic Design Rachel Hauckl Costume Design Michael Krass Sound Design Nevin Steinberg & Jessica Paz Lighting Design Bradley King Production Stage Manager Joel Rosen

Euridice Amaya Braganzaó, Orfeo J. Antonoi Rodrigues Hermes Will Mann, Hades Matthew Patrick Quinn Persephone Lana Gordon

Reviewer John Jane

Just about everything about Hadestown - the performances, production qualities and of course Anaïs Mitchell’s musical score is outstanding. J. Antonio Rodrigues owns the role as the naïve musician Orpheus and Amaya Braganza as the world-weary, ill-fated Eurydice who gets to die twice in a two and a half hour show is nothing short of amazing and is a perfectly pragmatist counterpoint for Orpheus’ dreamer predilection. Full review


Empire of the Son

Dates and Venue September 28 - October 21 7:30 pm, Wed. - Thurs., 8:00 pm Fri. / Sat. with 2 pm Sat. and Sun. matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Director Kaitlin Williams Writer/ Performer Tetsuro Shigematsu, Created in collaboration with Kaitlin Williams Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima Original Sound Designer Steve Charles Lighting Designer Jonathan Kim

‘You could say we’ve gone “a cappella”, Tetsuro Shigematsu writes in the programme note for Empire of the Son. Starting a run at Pacific Theatre, his one man show is stripped bare of its previous whistles and bells. How difficult it is to imagine the prior production - simplicity is its strength. Full review



The Improv Centre
Stage Fright 2: Murder at the Disco!

When & Where September 28 - October 28, 2023 | The Improv Centre, Granville Island. Tickets available at https://theimprovcentre.ca

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

As Halloween approaches, thrills and chills are in the air! Nestled in the heart of the quaint Granville Island, The Improv Centre is currently hosting Murder at the Disco, a spooky improv ‘whodunnit’ where all the cast could be the culprit. Like the Bee Gees from the Disco era would say, the audience was guessing throughout the performance in terms of who will be “Stayin’ Alive”. Full review