september 2017 | volume 159
sept. 18-oct. 1
Leaves Falling and Theatre Rising
Rain! And chilly temperatures! And Canucks pre-season games! It must be fall—and it is, officially this week. That means a plethora of shows to see as the new theatre season gets underway in earnest.
The last theatrical gasps of summer, Bard on the Beach’s Much Ado and Winter’s Tale, continue under the big tent in Vanier Park until the end of this week.
The other continuing shows are all season-openers: the Arts Club’s brilliant Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, Pacific Theatre’s The Christians, Mr. Foote’s Other Leg from United Players, Metro Theatre’s Hilda’s Yard, and Posh from Fighting Chance Productions.
New these two weeks: season-openers at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (End of the Rainbow) and Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre (Live at the ‘Bolt: The Fever Cabaret), the Firehall (Feasting on Famine), UBC (Happy Days) and Studio 58 (As You Like It).
Also opening: a couple of independents (Japanese Problem at Hastings Park, 13 The Musical at the Waterfront) and the post-Fringe Festival Public Market Pick of the Fringe holdovers and Picks Plus at Granville Island’s Performance Works.
Read about all these shows, consult previews and reviews, and look for the BUY TICKETS buttons at vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml. For what’s coming in October, peruse vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
Neworld Theatre presents a special free preview of their new show in development, Niall and Marcus Talk About S#*! Niall Likes, with Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef, directed by Chelsea Haberlin, at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Sept. 28, 8 pm. Free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/niall-and-marcus-talk-about-s-niall-likes-tickets-37130302735?aff=es2. www.neworldtheatre.com
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre invites you to celebrate Culture Days with them on Sunday, Oct. 1, noon to 5 pm. They’re offering backstage tours and a costume and props sale along with other activities for adults and kids related to costume design. https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/culturedays2017
Mitch and Murray Productions’ Indiegogo campaign, along with a few angels, has succeeded in raising the money the company needed to produce their fall show, Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People in November. David Mackay will direct. Thanks to all who contributed. www.mitchandmurrayproductions.com
Bard on the Beach has just announced its lineup for next season: a 1960s As You Like It with a Beatles soundtrack; Macbeth with Moya O’Connell as Lady M; a female Timon of Athens directed by Meg Roe, starring Colleen Wheeler; and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata set in Vancouver in 2018, directed by Lois Anderson. www.bardonthebeach.org
Mitch and Murray Productions is accepting applications for the Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors, consisting of acting training and mentorship at the Working Actors Gym for an actor between 18 and 25 with previous training or professional experience. Send a photo, resume and one-page letter describing your background, what you know about the company, and why you think you deserve the scholarship to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Sept. 22.
Realwheels Theatre invites actors with disabilities to audition for their production of Arun Lakra’s SEQUENCE, playing at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre in March 2018. For details go to https://www.vancouveractorsguide.com/auditions/sequence. Submission deadline: Sept. 29.
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