Bard on the Beach
Measure For Measure adapted by Jivesh Parasram

When & Where July 4 - September 20, 2024; evening 7.30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun 2pm | Howard Family Stage

Director Jivrash Parasram Set Design Ryan Cormack Choreography Krystal Kiran Costume Design Alaia Hamer Intimacy Director Lisa Goebel Voice Coach Alana Hawley Purvis Fight Director Sam Jeffery Stage Manager Rebecca Mulvihill Lighting Design Hina Nishioka Sound Design Chris Ross-Ewart
Actors Scott Bellis, Meaghan Chenosky, Tess Degenstein, Leslie Dos Remedios, Craig Erickson, Emma Houghton, Karthik Kadam, Jeremy Lewis, Tal Shulman, Jacob Woike, Raugi Yu, Synthia Yusuf

Reviewer Shakeela Begum

The opening night performance of Measure for Measure at the modern-day Vienna setting was a treat for the senses, thanks to the visionary collaboration of a remarkably creative team. Director Jivesh Parasram's inspired interpretation transformed Shakespeare's classic into a vibrant theatrical party, filled with neon lights and contemporary zest that perfectly resonated with today's younger audiences. Full review

 

Broadway Across Canada
Frozen music & lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, additional music& lyrics by Frode Fjellhein and Christopher Beck, book by Jennifer Lee.

When & Where July 7- 21, 2024; Tues - Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 6:30, matinees Thurs 18th & Saturdays at 2pm, Sundays at 1pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Michael Grandage Music Director/Conductor Faith Seetoo Choreography Rob Ashford Scenic and Costume Design Christopher Oram Lighting Design Natasha Katz Special Effects Jeremy Chernick Sound Design Peter Hylenski Video Design Finn Ross Puppet design Michael Curry Stage Manager Patricia L. Grabb

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Frozen is a very cool way to spend a blazing hot summer’s evening. Glowing with Northern Lights, sharp with jagged ice blades and steep snow-covered peaks, Frozen has a set glittering enough to produce chills. It might also warm your heart. Full review



Theatre Under The Stars
CATS

When & Where July 5 to August 23, 2024; evenings at 8pm (fireworks nights at 7pm) | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park

Director Ashley Wright Choreography Julie Murphy Music Director Sean Bayntun Music Directing Fellow Monica Sumulong Dumas Production Manager Richard Berg Technical Director Blake Kriedemann Set Design Jennifer Stewart Costume Design Donnie Tejani Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Brad Danyluk Stage Manager Philomena Sondergaard Dance Captain Haley Allen

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Kudos to Theatre Under the StarsTD for showcasing the depth of the talent pool available locally in musical theatre by presenting CATS this year, with a large cast of sparkling performers. And kudos, too, for bringing so many of the performers on board for their debut performances with TUTS as an added spring to their careers!
Full review

Theatre Under The Stars
School of Rock Book by Julian Fellowes, lyrics by Glenn Slater, new music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

When & Where July 7 to August 24, 2024; evenings at 8pm (fireworks nights at 7pm) | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park

Director Tracey Power Choreography Matthew Rossoff Music Director Eliza De Castro Directing Fellow Hazel Eason Music Directing Fellow Marquis Byrd Set Design Jennifer Stewart Costume Design Stephanie Kong Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Brad Danyluk Stage Manager Emma Hammond

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

With this show, which involves the work of writer Julian Fellowes and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, it calls on the talent of: Colin Sheen as Dewey who gets kicked out of his own band and poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school, Emma Love as Principal Rosalie Mullins and Thailey Roberge as Summer. Full review


Bard on the Beach


The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare

When & Where July 2 - September 21, 2024; evening 7.30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun 2pm | Howard Family Stage

Director Rebecca Northan Costume Designer Christine Reimer Set Designer Ryan Cormack Sound Designer Ben Elliott Lighting Designer Hina Nishioka Production Stage Manager Rebecca Mulvihill

Reviewer Christian Steckler

The story centers on two sets of twins, one set masters, and the other set their servants who find themselves in Ephesus at a time of conflict when travellers from Syracuse are put to death should they appear in Ephesus. An old man, Egeon of Syracuse, is tried by the Duke of Ephesus. Full review



Hamlet
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Steven Drover

When & Where June 13 - September 20, 2024; evening 7.30pm, matinees on Wed, Sat & Sun 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Steven Drover Costume Designer Barbara Clayden Set Designer Pam Johnson Composer and Sound Designer Mary Jane Coomber Lighting Designer Gerald King Choreography and Intimacy Director Lisa Goebel Fight Director Jonathan Hawley Purvis Production Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

Clear, bold and modern, Stephen Drover’s adaptation of Hamlet strips away its background of medieval European wars, Renaissance intellectualism and the Jacobean taste for horror. In their place Drover illuminates a long-standing relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, and spices things up with a very modern vibe between King Claudius and Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude. He builds a close and affectionate portrait of Ophelia, Laertes and Polonius as a family. The Ghost (Marcus Youssef) remains, and such a ghost as might tear your heart out. Full review



Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

When & Where June 11 - September 21, 2024; evening 7.30pm, matinees on Sat & Sun 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Diana Donnelly Composer Veda Hilla Musical Director Anton Lipovetsky Costume Designer Mara Gottler Set Designer Pam Johnson Sound Designer Kate De Lorme Lighting Designer Sophie Tang Choreography Lee Su-Feh Intimacy Director Lisa Goebel Production Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

Diana Donnelly has recognized the theatre space, potential audience and available talent and has decided to go for broke with audacious comedy. The play begins with the cast of colourful characters led by Anton Lipovetsky’s Feste in Veda Hille’s song You’re Here in Illyria. Full review


 


The Cultch
in association with Cirque Alphonse
BARBU

When & Where June 12 - 23, 2024, 7.30pm evenings, | Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St., Vancouver

Artistic direction Antoine Carabinier Lépine & Julie Carabinier-Lépine Director Alain Francoeur Lights and props design Nicole Descôteau Original music composition André Gagné & David Simard Costume design Lucien Bernèche Sound Technician Katie Sweenie Lighting Technician Jean-François Piché Musicians Josianne Laporte David Simard Sunny Duva

Performers Antoine Carabinier Lépine, Laura Lippert,, Jonathan Casaubon, Jean-Philippe Cuerrier, Lucas Jolly, Geneviève Morin, Ugo Dario

Reviewer John Anthony Jane

Montreal based Cirque Alfonse is back in Vancouver for the second time in three years with Barbu, a retro circus spectacle that harkens back to carnivals of bygone years and the weird and wonderful sideshows that was always a vital part of them. The Carabinier-Lépine family circus company was likely named after the town of Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in central Quebec where it was founded twenty years ago. 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