april 2018 | volume 166
SAM PAYNE AWARD WINNERS,
2018/19 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS
and PLAYS PLAYS PLAYS!
Continuing this week: the Arts Club’s The Humans at the Stanley, Misery at the Granville Island Stage, and Melody Anderson’s Me and You at the BMO Centre; Tracey Power’s Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Firehall, Jovanni Sy’s Nine Dragons at Richmond’s Gateway, Shakespeare in Hollywood at Metro Theatre, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Studio 1398, You’ve Got Male at PAL Studio, and Incident at Vichy at Studio 16.
Continuing regionally: August: Osage County at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, Royal City Musical Theatre’s Cabaret at New West’s Massey Theatre, 4000 Miles also in New West, Sartre’s No Exit in Langley, Go Back for Murder in West Vancouver, Blithe Spirit in Deep Cove, and Crimes of the Heart in North Vancouver.
Niall [McNeill] and Marcus [Youssef] Talk about Sh!t Niall Likes moves to New West’s Anvil Centre for one show only.
Opening this week: James Fagan Tait’s The Explanation and, from Belgium, The World Without Us at The Cultch; Spirit Horse from Carousel at the Waterfront, Love/Sick at Pacific Theatre, Raven Spirit Dance’s Earth Song at North Van’s Presentation House, and dance from Co. ERASGA at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre.
Next week: Sheldon Elter’s solo Métis Mutt opens at the Firehall, The History of the World (Based on Banalities) at The Cultch, Ed Asner in the enticingly titled A Man and His Prostate at New West’s Anvil Centre, Criminal Genius at GO Studios, This at Studio 16, Blindside at Studio 1398, and From Broadway with Love at Richmond’s Gateway. North Vancouver’s Presentation House opens Inner Migrant for one show only, then hosts the Theatre BC North Shore Zone Festival of Plays.
Presentation House Theatre presents its 3rd annual All-Star Stand-Up Comedy Night, a fundraiser hosted by Charlie Demers featuring performers from CBC’s The Debaters. Tickets $65 include pre-show reception and intermission goodies. April 17, 7:30 pm. www.tickets.phtheatre.org or 604-990-3474.
UBC’s Creative Writing Program, Opera Ensemble, and Dept. of Theatre and Film present Jerry Wasserman In Conversation with Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald about The Overcoat, Morris’ acclaimed operatic adaptation of his acclaimed play-without-words, written and directed by Panych, designed by MacDonald. April 26, 6:30-8:30, Frederic Wood Theatre. Admission free; registration required: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bO9IUk5CfRafEMt.
Congratulations to Garry Chalk, winner of UBCP/ACTRA’s 2017 Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award, and to Christiane Hirt, winner of the UBCP/ACTRA Sam Payne Award. Bravo to both these wonderful performers.
Our major 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 lean heavily towards musicals and comedies, including Matilda the Musical and Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters. Notable exceptions include 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 the hits Little Dickens, Hot Brown Honey and Children of God, and shows from the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Ukraine. www.thecultch.com
Pacific Theatre’s 7 shows include the delightful Kim’s Convenience, The Wolves (about a girls’ soccer team), 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 (about a female hockey team). www.gatewaytheatre.com
United Players’ 5 shows, adventurous as always, 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
Theatre Replacement will open registration on April 16 at 8 am for this summer’s PantoLand Academy at The Cultch for kids age 5-10, based on the East Van Pantos. Option 1: July 3-7, 9:30-3:00; Option 2: July 9-13, 9:30-3:00. Cost: $300. Register at http://theatrereplacement.org/portfolio-item/pantoland/.
The Working Actors Gym is offering a Teen Acting Class with Kate Isaac for ages 13-17. Tuesdays, 4-7 pm beginning May 8. $210/month. Info at http://mitchandmurrayproductions.com/contact/.
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