june 2018 | volume 168
Dad’s Day, Bard’s Week and the New York Times’ Top 25
Celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday by taking Dad to Vancouver TheatreSports’ Super Dad Show at the Improv Centre, and/or get him tickets to any of the shows on our What’s On or Coming Soon pages, or if you REALLY love him, how about 2018/19 season’s tickets to one of our primo theatre companies (see below).
The summer theatre season (unofficially) begins this week as Bard on the Beach opens its 29th season in Vanier Park with Macbeth and previews As You Like It.
New York Times theatre critics have compiled their highly subjective but fascinating list of 25 Best American Plays since Angels in America in 1993 (https://www.nytimes.com). Five of their first six have been reviewed here on Vancouverplays, along with a couple of their later ones. Compare Jerry’s reviews of those shows with theirs by going to our Archives page: 2018 for their #1, 4, 6 and 11 (Topdog/Underdog, Mr. Burns, Ruined, The Humans), 2017 for Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 plus their #12 (This Is Our Youth), 2016 for #3 (The Flick), and 2012 for #5 (Clybourne Park). We’d love your comments.
Continuing on our stages this week: the Arts Club’s Mamma Mia! at the Stanley, The Diary of Anne Frank at the Havana, Nell Gwynn at Jericho Arts Centre, Meghan Gardiner’s We Three at Carousel’s Bee Stage, Tim Carlson’s Victim Impact at The Cultch, Waterfront at the Roundhouse, Ninotchka in White Rock, You Can’t Take It With You in New Westminster, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Langley.
Opening this week: Bard’s Macbeth opens and As You Like It begins previews in Vanier Park. The Arts Club musical Once starts previews at the Granville Island Stage. The Only Animal’s Slime opens at the Russian Hall, Tigers Be Still at Pacific Theatre, and Camelot in Deep Cove. The Firehall’s Eat.Drink.Play. fundraiser runs Thursday night only at the theatre on E. Cordova.
Next week: Lesley Ewen’s Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) at the Roundhouse as part of the Queer Arts Festival, Molière’s Learned Ladies from Western Gold at the PAL Studio, Live at the ‘Bolt: Fever Rising at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, and two titles for our time: I Am Not a Girl at The Cultch, and This Is Now at Studio 16.
West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre invites you to its Un-Gala, a fundraiser featuring cocktails, jazz, auctions and James & Jamesy performing In the Dark. June 20, 7 pm. Tickets $75 at https://kaymeek.com.
Leading this year’s Jessie Richardson Award nominations are the Arts Club’s Hand to God, Top Dog/Underdog and Angels in America, Part Two, Pacific Theatre’s Outside Mullingar, Rumble’s The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Green Thumb and Neworld’s Jabber, and SpeakEasy’s The Shipment. See the complete list of nominees at www.jessieawards.com. The Awards ceremony takes place at Bard on the Beach’s mainstage, July 16, 6:30 pm.
Colin Thomas has launched a Patreon campaign to support his Fresh Sheet online theatre column. Pledge anything from $1 or more per month to receive Colin’s column and reviews. Info at https://www.patreon.com/colinthomas/posts.
Our theatre companies have begun announcing their 2018/19 seasons. Now’s the time to grab yourself excellent seats for next year’s most exciting shows.
The Arts Club’s 17 shows under new artistic director 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 plus a new all-female Much Ado About Nothing 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
Pacific Theatre’s 7 shows include the delightful 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 solo 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 its 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 includes 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
Studio 58 features Marcus Youssef’s Incognito Mode: A Play about Porn with Neworld Theatre; Mortified, a premiere in association with Touchstone; and Cabaret. www.studio58.ca
Kay Meek Theatre’s 5-show Play Series includes the three Arts Club touring shows plus Vimy and Tracey Powers’ Glory. www.kaymeek.com
Registration is now open for Gateway Theatre’s July and August Acting and Musical Theatre Summer Camps for youth 6-18. Info at http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/academy.
Registration is open for Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops. A variety of programs run July 3-Aug. 31 at Vanier Park. Cost: $370-$800. For registration and information go to www.bardonthebeach.org/education.
Linda Putnam, Dean Fogal and David Macmurray Smith are offering a Grotowski and Decroux-based Master Class on Rivers: the generation of imagery in rehearsal and performance. July 30-Aug. 1 at UBC. Mornings: $300; Full Day: $400. Info and registration at https://www.blueegg.me/rivers.
Theatre for Living is offering its annual Summer Trainings. Level One: Aug. 4-9; Level Two: Aug. 12-17 at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender St. Info and registration at http://theatreforliving.com/trainings.htm.
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