january 2017 | Volume 151
Jan. 9-22, 2017
January has come to mean PuSh Festival time on Vancouver’s theatrical calendar, and this year’s PuSh looks as eclectic as ever. But there’s a lot more to see on our region’s theatrical bill.
Continuing shows: Sally Stubbs’ And Bella Sang with Us at the Firehall, the Arts Club on Tour with Tomson Highway’s The (Post)Mistress visits Surrey Arts Centre and The ACT in Maple Ridge, and TheatreSports’ Trump Card – Winner Takes All, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy at the Improv Centre.
Opening the week of Jan. 9: Sean Harris Oliver’s The Fighting Season at The Cultch, Norm Foster’s Looking at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre, and the return of STOMP to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Opening the week of Jan. 16: The PuSh Festival brings international theatre to Vancouver: Oil Pressure Vibrator from South Korea at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre; Mess from England at the Waterfront; By Heart from Portugal at Performance Works; Concord Floral from Toronto at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre; As I Lay Dying from Toronto at the BMO Theatre Centre; and Town Choir from Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement at SFU Woodward’s. Plus Fringe hit The Nether at the Firehall, Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George from United Players at Jericho Arts Centre, Crossing Delancey at Metro Theatre, and Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at UBC’s Freddy Wood.
West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre presents a Play Reading Series, Jan. 9-17 at the theatre, curated and hosted by Nicola Cavendish. All local playwrights; all professional actors. Ocean Blue View by David King, Jan. 9; Two Part Invention by Dorothy Dittrich, Jan. 10; The Shoplifters by Morris Panych, Jan. 11; Seabird Is in a Happy Place by James Gordon King and Poor by Suzanne Ristic, Jan. 12; A Fortunate Son by Jay Brazeau, Jan. 17. All readings at 7 pm. Pay-what-you-can. Reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-981-6335.
First Impressions Theatre presents a fundraising concert featuring Jim Byrnes with special guests Mainstreet Muze, Jan. 19-20, 8 pm, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver. Tickets $35 at www.firstimpressionstheatre.com or 604-929-9456.
Vancouver Fringe Festival presents The Fringe Cabaret: End of the World Party, featuring more than 15 Fringe artists including Tara Travis, Jayson MacDonald and Andrew Bailey. Jan. 20, 8 pm at Studio 1398. $16.50 at www.TheatreWire.com.
The Arts Club is holding its Winter Raffle. Win a European river cruise for two from Avalon Waterways. Tickets purchased before Jan. 25 are eligible for an early-bird prize of a Helijet trip for two across Georgia Strait and a night at Victoria’s Sandman Hotel. Tickets $20 or 3 for $50 at www.artsclub.com or 604-687-1644.
Theatre Under the Stars presents its Annual Gala, a fundraiser for the company, Saturday Jan. 28 in the Stanley Park Pavilion. Cocktails 5:30, four-course meal 6:30. Silent auction, door prizes and entertainment. Tickets $100 at www.tuts.ca.
Vancouver TheatreSports League is offering Spontaneity Improv for Beginners, Jan. 14-15, 1-5 pm at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Fee: $139 at http://www.vtsl.com/education/classes-workshops/core-series/#workshop-modal.
Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre invite submissions from Vancouver women playwrights for the next round of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. Send your play synopsis and maximum 10-page script excerpt to email@example.com (one submission per person only). Five chosen playwrights will receive rehearsals, tech rehearsals, artists’ fees and a staged reading of their plays on Granville Island during next year’s Fringe Festival. Priority will be given to diversity. Deadline: Feb. 15. www.rubyslippers.ca
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