The Cultch in association with Savage Society
You used to call me Marie… by Tai Amy Grauman

When & Where April 18 – 14, 2024; evenings at 7:30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Director Lois Anderson Assistant Director Michelle Olson Set Designer Cecilia Vadala Costume Designers Alaia Hamer & Evan Ducharme Projection Designer Candelario Andrade Lighting Designer Jeff Harrison Music & Composition Andrea Menard, Kathleen Nisbet,& Krystle Pederson Sound Designer Aaron Macri Choreography Yvonne Chartrand
Stage Manager Erika Morey

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

As part of the ongoing Femme Festival, You used to call me Marie written by Alberta Métis Tai Amy Grauman is presented as a cultural and historical drama with added music. It is also an epic love story that centres on a simple Métis woman and her soul-mate. Throughout the play we follow eight interconnected stories of two star people, who reincarnate to their earth bodies. Full review


The Firehall Arts Centre

This Is How We Got Here by Keith Barker

When & Where April 13 – 28, evenings at 7:30pm, Sat & Sun at 3pm & Wed at 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street

Director Donna Spencer and Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen Set Design Kimira Reddy Costume Design Sydney Cavanagh Lighting Designer Rebekah Johnson Sound Design MJ Coomber

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

Keith Barker captures the essence of loss in his play This Is How We Got Here. The play is cleverly structured to enhance the feelings that come with grief. For instance, there are four actors in this play, Lucille (Tasha Faye Evan) the mother, Paul (Gordon Patrick White) the father, Liset (Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen) the aunt and Lucille’s sister and Jim (Darcey Johnson) the uncle and Paul’s friend. For the most part two characters are on stage at one time or one lone character simulating the isolation one feels in grief. Full review


The Arts Club Theatre Company
Sexy Laundry by Michele Riml

When & Where April 11 to May 2, 2024; evenings Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees on Wed at 1:30pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Director Diana Donnelly Set Design Amir Ofek Costume Design Alaia Hamer Sound Designer Nancy Tam Lighting Design Kyla Gardiner

Reviewer Nancie Ottem

This is a laugh out loud production. A production where one leaves the theatre feeling so good to have been laughing out loud with bursts of spontaneity. First premiered twenty years ago on the Arts Club stage, the script written by playwright Michele Rimi resonates today with the ubiquitous topics of married life. Full review


Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Medusa Theatre
Parifam by Aki Yaghoubi

When & Where April 4 – 14, 2024; evenings at 7:30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun at 2pm | The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street

Director Panthea Vetandoost Costume Design Elika Mojtabaei Lighting Design Jonathan Kim Projection Design Joel Grinke Sound Design and Composer Ruby Singh Stage Managers Jessica Bournival & Evan Ren

Reviewer Shakeela Begum

In a compelling collaboration between Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) and Medusa Theatre Society (MTS), Parifam emerges as a touching narrative that delves deep into the complexities of relationships, memory, and cultural identity. Playwright Aki Yaghoubi, alongside director Panthea Vatandoost, crafts a world that resonates with the heartache and power of revisiting the past. Full review

Broadway across Canada


When & Where April 27, 2024; Tues - Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm and 8pm & Sun at 1pm and 6:30pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Director Matt Lenz Original Director Jack O'Brien Choreographer Robbie Roby Original Choreographer Jerry Mitchell Music Director Lizzie Webb Scenic Design David Rockwell Tour Lighting Design Paul Miller Costume Design William Ivey Long Sound Design Shannon Slaton

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Fast, fun and very loud, Hairspray spritzed its way onto the QE stage with charm and pizzazz. Set in Baltimore in the early years of the civil rights movement schools have been integrated, after a fashion, and the local TV station’s Dance program features a monthly Negro Day. Our hero, Tracy Turnblad, is a girl of generous proportions, large ambition, strong character and big hair. The last gets her into trouble in school and the first means she is considered too fat to even audition for The Corny Collins Show. But in the school’s detention room she meets Seaweed J. Stubbs (Josiah Rogers), a Black student who teaches her some new moves. That’s all she needs to seize opportunities and storm fortresses. Full review

The Arts Club Theatre Company

Red Velvet

When & Where March 21 - April 21, 2024, evenings Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees on Wed at 1:30pm and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver.

Director Omari Newton Set Design Amir Ofek Costume Design CS Fergusson-VauxSound Designer Owen Belton Lighting Design Jonathan Kim Sound Design Owen Belton Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

Chakrabarti’s historical pièce de théâtre centres on black American actor Ira Aldridge and his radical (at the time) casting in the role of Othello at the famous Theatre Royal in London, following the physical collapse of celebrated Shakespearean stage actor Edmond Kean. Full review


co-production with First Impressions Theatre Company
Noises Off

When & Where March 16 - April 6 2024, evenings at 8pm, matinees on Sundays at 2pm | Metro Theatre, 1370 MarineDrive SW, Vancouver

Director Claude A. Giroux Set Design Nicholas Boughen Costume Design Iryna Steller & Tiffany Bishop Fight Coordinator Adara Broyles Lighting Design Michael Smith Lighting Operator Janice Howell Sound Design Janice Howell Stage Manager Janice Howell

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Successful farce is a complex product of witty writing, strategic situations aimed at eliciting genuine laughter, fastidiously borderline (or not) exaggerated acting, and timing, all dependent on flawless technical production. This co-production of Noises Off is all of these, in a madcap story of actors putting on a play. Full review


United Players
The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

When & Where March 22 – April 14, 2024; Thurs. - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun matinees at 2pm; Talk backs: Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St

Director Ron Reed Set Design Hans Saefkow Costume Design Rosie Aiken Lighting Design Mark Carter Sound Design Rick ColhounTechnical Director Leighton Taylor Stage Manager Maddy Woodley

Cast: Carrie Watts Erla Faye Forsyth Ludie Watts Richard Meen Jessie Mae Watts Kapila Rego Thelma Cassie Unger Houston Ticket Agent 1 Braedon Grover Sunnes Houston Ticket Agent 2 David Underhill Harrison Station Agent Stephen Elcheshen Sheriff Oliver de la Harpe Travellers Courtney Klassen, Mercedes Lovemore, Courtney Vandiver, Melanie Vizuete

Reviewer Ellizabeth Paterson

Luminous is the only word for Erla Faye Forsyth’s portrayal of Carrie Watts. Carrie Watts is an elderly woman stuck with her under-achieving son and bullying daughter-in-law in a cramped Houston apartment. What she has longed for, for many years, is to return to her idyllic childhood home in Bountiful, a small farming community near the Gulf of Mexico. The family though needs her pension cheque and have thwarted her attempts to take the train home. One day, she escapes. Full review

The Improv Centre

International Women's Day: Fashionably Late

When & Where March 14, 2024 | The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street

Reviewer Eve Newstead

I'm not sexist but women just aren’t as funny as men. Ever heard that one before? Of course you have. Comedy is just another arena dominated by men. So for The Improv Centre to insist on an International Women’s Day event, even if itrequired being held a week late, set the tone for a night with an electric atmosphere Full review

Mitch and Murray Productions

An Intervention written by Mike Bartlett

When & Where March 8-17, 2024, evenings at 8pm, matinees: March 10, 13, & 17 at 1pm | Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street

Director Aaron Craven Set Designer David Roberts Costume Designer Julie White Lighting Designer Hina Nishioka Stage Manager Susan Curril

Reviewer Shakeela Begum

An Intervention, crafted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett and directed by Aaron Craven, delves into the complexities of friendship amidst personal and political divides. This play aims to hold a mirror to the nuanced dynamics of relationships challenged by external pressures. Full review


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