Carousel Theatre for Young People, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and Zee Zee Theatre
The Papa Penguin Play by Dave Deveau
When & Where
May15 - June 2, 2024, various dates and times | Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver

Director Cameron Mackenzie, Lighting Design Victoria Bell Set Design Kimira Reddy Puppet Design Stephanie Elgersma Properties Monica Emme Sound Design MJ Coomber Stage Manager Taylor Mackinnon

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Some time ago in a New York zoo, two penguins, Roy and Silo, built a nest together and tried to hatch a chick. When the zookeepers realized that this pair were both male, they gave them a fertilized egg to brood. It hatched and the two same-sex penguins successfully reared their chick. Taking this story as their starting point and throwing in a whole lot of their personal lives, Dave Deveaux (author) and Cameron Mackenzie (director) have hatched a new and utterly original play, not so much about penguins, as about creating a family Full review


Pacific Theatre

A Case For The Existence Of God by Samuel D. Hunter
When & Where
May 16 -June 9, 2024; : Wed-Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri-Sat at 8pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm I Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Avenue

Director Kaitlin Williams Lighting Design Hina Nishioka Sound Design Rick Colhoun Costume Design Jennifer Milley Props Coordination Monica EmmeStage Manager Sam Pawliuk

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

Samuel D. Hunter’s two-handed, single act play, A Case for the Existence of God opened last night (17/5/24) at the Pacific Theatre. The production was intelligently directed by Kaitlin Williams with Kwesi Ameyaw and Robert Salvador delivering powerful performances. Hunter’s play is set in Idaho in roughly present time and simultaneously offers the lightness of comedy and the heaviness of drama. Full review

 

 

The Improv Centre
Camp What’s-It-Called

When & Where May 16 – July 13, 2024, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm | The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets on sale at www.theimprovcentre.ca | Cast L-R/ Alex Parra, Mary Saunders, Cam Grant, Raf Rogers, Rachel Kent and Helen Camisa

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

Nestled in the heart of Granville Island lies the quaint Improv Centre – a theatre whose only requirements are an open mind and to be prepared to laugh. Judging by the audience’s response to the opening night of “Camp What’s-It-Called”, the theatre and performers surely didn’t disappoint! Full review

 


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 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

Hairspray

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

 


Metro
Theatre
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