february 2017 | Volume 152
Feb. 20-Mar. 5
GOODBYE JOY, SO LONG BILL, and A RUDE DEPARTURE FOR JO
February 20 was a momentous day for the Vancouver theatre community. We bid a sad, joyous farewell to Joy Coghill at her Christ Church Cathedral memorial, learned that Bill Millerd would be stepping down after 45 hugely successful years at the head of the Arts Club, and Jo Ledingham was abruptly let go as theatre critic for The Courier newspaper after 30 years. The Courier will no longer be regularly reviewing theatre.
Joy lived a long, fruitful life. Bill has voluntarily chosen to move on and deserves all our congratulations. But Jo, who has covered theatre so brilliantly for so long, making the long commute from Port Moody 100 nights a year for love of the theatre, and being paid a pittance to write about it—there’s simply no justice in this, no happy ending. First Colin, now Jo. What the hell!
Continuing shows: Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Stanley and Anosh Irani’s The Men in White at the Granville Island Stage, both from the Arts Club; Classic Chic’s all-female Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather at Pacific Theatre, Margo Kane’s Moonlodge at the BMO Theatre Centre, Vital Spark’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off at Jericho Arts Centre, Crossing Delancey at Metro Theatre, Carmen at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, The Graduate at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, Odysseo under the big top at Olympic Village, 42nd Street at Langara’s Studio 58, Towards Zero in New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre, and all regular TheatreSports shows continue at Granville Island’s Improv Centre. Continuing at the Chutzpah! Festival Shay Keubler at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.
Opening the week of Feb. 20: am afrom Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt at The Cultch, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat from Carousel Theatre at the Waterfront, dance at the Firehall (The Mars Hotel & Kwan Yin) and the Shadbolt Centre (The Incubator Project), The Marvelous Wonderettes from First Impressions Theatre at the Deep Cove Theatre, Dario Fo’s A Woman Alone at the PAL Studio. Chutzpah! shows include dance, music, comedy and improv at the Rothstein and York theatres, and the Arts Club on Tour’s Bittergirl: The Musical plays in North Van and the Surrey Arts Centre.
Opening the week of Feb. 27: the Arts Club brings Tony Award winner Brent Carver back home for shows in concert at the Stanley, Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky’s Elbow Room Café: The Musical opens at The Cultch, Guilty Conscience at Metro Theatre, Theatre for Living’s šxʷʔam̓ət (home) at the Firehall, Belfast Girls at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour, là, Bonjour en français at Studio 16, Top Hats and Tails at North Van’s Presentation House, and from the Chutzpah! Festival Spellbound Contemporary Ballet and the play Wrestling Jerusalem at the Norman Rothstein. The Arts Club on Tour’s Bittergirl: The Musical moves to Mission’s Clarke Theatre.
Congratulations to actor, director and Ruby Slippers artistic director Diane Brown for winning the 2016/17 Bra D’Or Award, presented by the Women’s Caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada to an individual who has supported the advancement of Canadian women playwrights. This is a real honour and very well deserved.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s new play development program, MSG Labs, presents free public readings: Leslie Lum, Geomancer (Feb. 26), Loretto Seto, The Ones We Leave Behind (Feb. 28) and Manami Hara, With Courage and Humility (Mar. 1). All readings at 7:30 pm at Playwrights Theatre Centre, #202 – 739 Gore Ave. www.vact.ca
Rumble Theatre’s next Living Room will take place Feb. 28, 7 pm, at PL 1422 (1422 William St.) with guests Marcus Youssef and James Long. Chelsea Haberlin moderates. www.rumble.org
The Impromptu Cabaret Festival will play at the Havana Mar. 1-12, featuring 15 musical artists each crafting their own one-hour solo cabaret, facilitated by Peter Jorgenson. Tickets $20 at http://impromptucabaret.brownpapertickets.com/.
Congratulations to Maple Ridge’s Theatre in the Country. The popular dinner theatre has opened a new Langley branch called Theatre in the Grove. Its current production of Charley’s Aunt will open the new theatre and run in Langley from Mar. 2-11.
Boca del Lupo invites artists and companies to apply for their Space Residency Program, which provides free space at 1405 Anderson St. and mentorship support for the creation and development of new artistic work. Application deadline: Mar. 1. Information and applications from firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-684-2622.
Green Thumb Theatre is holding a Spring Break Drama Camp, Mar. 13-17 and 20-24, 9:30-12:30. Fee $150. http://greenthumb.bc.ca/dramacamp.html
Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! also has a Spring Break Program for ages 9-19. Mar. 13-17 or 20-24, 10 am-3 pm at the Jewish Community Centre. Fee for each session: $250. www.jccgv.com for information and registration.
Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre offers three Spring Break Camps, Mar. 13-17 and 20-24, 9 am-4 pm, $250 each with a 10% discount for members. Info at http://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/public-programs/2017-spring-break-camps/ or 604-927-6552.
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— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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