august 2018 | volume 170
aug. 20-sept. 2
GET OUT OF THE SMOKE AND SEE A PLAY!
Now is the summer of our burning eyes, our scalded lungs, our offended nostrils. That old Platters tune, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” is all too literal. These are also the theatrical dog days, one of the quietest times of the year on local stages as companies gear up for the fall openings of the new season.
But things are still jumping at Bard on the Beach, TheatreSports, Theatre Under the Stars and a few other hot spots. And what could be a better distraction from the smoke, and the impending end of summer, than seeing a play.
Continuing this week and beyond: Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens and Lysistrata under Bard’s tents at Vanier Park, Pageant at Go Studios, and six shows from TheatreSports’ at the Improv Centre.
For their final week: the musicals 42nd Street and Cinderella from Theatre Under the Stars at Malkin Bowl, Guys & Dolls at the Waterfront Theatre, and three new plays at the Tremors Festival in the Italian Cultural Centre.
Opening this week: Old Dyke Tales at the Havana.
Bard on the Beach special events continue over the next two weeks: Family Night, Aug. 21, 6 pm; Gender & Shakespeare in 2018, Aug. 27, 7:30 pm; and Operas & Arias, Aug. 27 & Sept. 3, 2 pm & 7:30 pm. www.bardonthebeach.org
As companies gear up for the 2018/19 season, grab yourself seats for this year’s exciting shows.
The Arts Club’s 17 shows under new AD Ashlie Corcoran include Matilda the Musical and Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat and a remount of Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver’s Redpatch. www.artsclub.com
The Cultch’s ambitious 23-show season features new plays by locals Kim Senklip Harvey, Jordan Hall, Loretta Seto and Amiel Gladstone, a new all-female Much Ado from Classic Chic, a new East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz, the return of hits Little Dickens, Hot Brown Honey and Children of God. www.thecultch.com
The Firehall’s 10 shows include co-pros with Touchstone, Alley Theatre and Ruby Slippers; Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black; Donna Spencer’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People; a verbatim play about Japanese Canadians; and the return of the Firehall’s Joni Mitchell hit show, Circle Game. www.firehallartscentre.ca
Pacific Theatre’s 7 shows include Kim’s Convenience, The Wolves, a remount of Ensemble Theatre’s A Prayer for Own Meany, and Peter Boychuk’s new play, Jesus Freak. www.pacifictheatre.org
Gateway Theatre’s 6-show season features Les Belles-Soeurs, Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son, Meghan Gardiner’s new play Gross Misconduct, and Tracey Power’s Glory. www.gatewaytheatre.com
United Players’ 5 adventurous shows include Brecht’s The Life of Galileo, Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women, Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica. www.unitedplayers.com
Metro Theatre returns for a 56th season with 6 plays plus Xmas panto, including an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors www.metrotheatre.com
Evergreen Cultural Centre’s 6-show Theatre and 4-show Indie series include Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black and fine touring shows from the Arts Club: Blind Date, The Circle Game, and The Piano Teacher. www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca
Shadbolt Centre’s rich Theatre program includes the Arts Club’s three touring shows, new plays from Carmen Aguirre, Alley Theatre and Theatre Replacement, a Mary Walsh solo show and dance from Tara Cheyenne and Amber Funk Barton. www.burnaby.ca
First Impressions Theatre’s 4 shows in Deep Cove include Cyrano, the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire and Church Basement Ladies. www.firstimpressionstheatre.com
Kay Meek Theatre’s 5-show Play Series includes the three Arts Club touring shows plus Vimy and Tracey Powers’ Glory. www.kaymeek.com
Studio 58’s 6 shows include Marcus Youssef’s Incognito Mode: A Play about Porn with Neworld Theatre; Mortified (a premiere) with Touchstone, and Cabaret. www.studio58.ca
UBC Theatre’s 5-play season features work by Shakespeare, Beckett, Judith Thompson and Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón. www.theatrefilm.ubc.ca
White Rock Players Club’s Something to Laugh About 5-comedy season includes plays by Noel Coward, Ken Ludwig and Neil Simon. www.whiterockplayers.ca
Theatre Wire offers indie theatre productions in a 4-show SeeMore Theatre Package and 6-show Theatre Wire Package plus Fringe Pick Plus shows. www.TheatreWire.com
Seven Tyrants’ 4-show season in its new theatre above the Penthouse includes Krapp’s Last Tape, Doubt, and a new adaptation of Richard III from Camyar Chai. www.seventyrants.com
The Working Actors Gym is offering an On Camera Teen Acting Class with Kate Isaac for ages 13-17. Tuesdays 4-7 pm starting Sept. 11. $210/month. email@example.com
THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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