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June 2016 | Volume 144


june 13-26, 2016


We think it’s handsomer, bolder and easier to read and navigate. Our What’s On page will now carry two weeks’ rather than one week’s worth of shows, and every preview and review will have a BUY TICKETS button to make it even more convenient for you to connect to the shows you want to see. (Click on any banner, too, and see where it takes you.) Vancouverplays.com will still be bringing you the full complement of news, previews and reviews—what’s on, what’s coming on and what’s going on in this great theatre town of ours—plus our archive of more than 600 reviews going back to 2004. We’re kinda proud, so hope you like it, too!

The last two weeks of June continue to be exceptionally busy. Continuing on stage: the Arts Club’s Billy Elliot the Musical at the Stanley, Kim Collier’s production of Romeo and Juliet at Bard on the Beach, The Lion in Winter at Jericho Arts Centre, On My Walk for the very little kids at Carousel Theatre, Neil Simon’s Chapter Two at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre and The Odd Couple (both male and female versions) at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, Calendar Girls at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre, and The Music Man at Theatre in the Country in Maple Ridge.

New on stage: Bard’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello in Vanier Park, the Arts Club’s Rock of Ages at the Granville Island Stage, Quelemia Sparrow’s O’Wet/Lost Lagoon at the Firehall, Renegade Productions’ first show—Hair—at The Shop Theatre, Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville comes to town with Camp Cry Baby at the Fortune Sound Club, Boca del Lupo’s Expedition at Granville Island’s Fishbowl, We’re Doomed at the Waterfront, BroadWHAT?! at Studio 1398, the frank theatre’s Pink Line at the Roundhouse as part of the Queer Arts Festival, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at New Westminster’s Columbia Theatre, Western Gold’s staged reading of Splitting Heirs at the PAL Studio, and dance at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre: Small Stage with Ballet BC. Whew!

Firehall Arts Centre holds its annual fundraiser, Eat. Drink. Play. June 16, 7 pm. Tickets $35/$20 (artists) at https://tickets.firehallartscentre.ca or 604-689-0926. The Firehall’s very Canadian 34th season opens with Cathy Jones’s solo show Stranger to Hard Work followed by a remount of Tracey Power’s Miss Shakespeare, the return of The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Nicolle Nattrass’ Mamahood: turn and face the strange, an adaptation of Douglas Glover’s ELLE from Toronto’s Theatre Passe MurailleMary Vingoe’s Refuge, and a new work by Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell: Circle Game. Plus dance from Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Company 605, and Hong Kong Exile.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming special events include Paul Budras’ Exploring Shakespeare series, with talks on Merry Wives of Windsor June 25, Othello July 16 and Pericles Aug. 13, all at 11 am; choral music with Chor Leone: Mane Stage, 2:30 and 7:30, June 20 & 27; and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Bard, 7:30, July 11 & 18. Info and tickets at www.bardonthebeach.org.

Nominees for the 34th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards have been announced. The Arts Club’s Onegin leads the pack with 13 nominations and Pi Theatre’s The Invisible Hand with 8. For the complete list of nominees go to www.jessies.ca. The Jessie Awards will be held at its usual great venue, the Commodore Ballroom, June 27 starting at 6:30. Tickets $29.50 + sc at www.ticketmaster.ca. Congrats to all the nominees.

United Players has just announced its five-play 2016-17 season at Jericho Arts Centre: Farquhar’s Restoration comedy The Beaux Stratagem, Mark Hayhurst’s Taken at Midnight, Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, and Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chancewww.unitedplayers.com.

Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre’s 2016-17 Theatre Series includes three shows from the Arts Club—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Tomson Highway’s The (Post) Mistress and Bittergirl: The Musical—plus Flotsam & Jetsam: Life on the West Coast from Victoria’s The Other Guys, Julie McIsaac’s The Out Vigil, and Freud’s Last Session. The Indie Series features Chase Padgett’s Nashville Hurricane and three other shows. www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season features four new plays by local writers (Anosh Irani’The Men in White and Mom’s the Word Collective’s Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty at the Granville Island Stage, Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly’s The Day Before Christmas and Dorothy Dittrich’s The Piano Teacher at the BMO Theatre Centre), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches directed by Kim Collier, and Vancouver’s Tony Award winner Brent Carver in concert. The Stanley season includes Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a remount of Mary Poppins, the Sun Records musical The Million Dollar Quartet, and The Audience, a play about Queen Elizabeth II. This season’s Tomson Highway hit The (Post) Mistress will be one of the Arts Club shows on tour. www.artsclub.com

Pacific Theatre has announced an adventurous 2016/17 season marked by three premieres by local playwrights—Cara Norrish’s A Good Way OutMaki Yi’sSuitcase Stories, and the latest in Lucia Frangione’s Holy Mo series, Holy Mo: A Christmas Show—plus a collaboration with Classic Chic Productions on an all-female Corleone (“what if Shakespeare wrote The Godfather?"). Athol Fugard’s Valley Song and John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar round out the season. www.pacifictheatre.org

The Cultch’s 2016-17 lineup includes premieres from locals Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky (Elbow Room Café: The Musical) and Corey Payette (Children of God) plus dance theatre premieres from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton and Tara Cheyenne Performance. Popular returners include MotherloadTetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son, Sean Harris Oliver’s The Fighting Season, clowns Mump and Smoot, and Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre, plus the Xmas East Van Panto. The season also includes a Bollywood version of Twelfth Night from India and shows from New Zealand, Italy, Belgium and the US, Toronto and Montreal. www.thecultch.com

Gateway Theatre’s 2016-17 season features new plays by locals Peter Dickinson (Long Division) in conjunction with Pi Theatre and Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring and Quelemia Sparrow (The Pipeline Project) with ITSAZOO and Savage Society, the west coast premiere of Annabel Soutar’s The Watershed, the Canadian premiere of Lauren Yee’s The King of the Yees, a remount of Ruby Slippers’ You Will Remember Me, and Christmas musical The Music Manwww.gatewaytheatre.com

Carousel Theatre will stage Anusree Roy’s Sultan of the Streets in association with the Diwali Festival, Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, and the premiere of Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland’s Good Day and Good Night.  www.carouseltheatre.ca

Green Thumb Theatre will tour Dave Deveau’s Celestial Being and Ian Tamblyn’s Land of Trash to elementary schools, and play Rachel Aberle’s Still/Falling and the world premiere of George F. Walker’s Alone Together to secondary schools. www.greenthumb.bc.ca

Metro Theatre’s 2016/17 season opens with the British farce Haywire, follows with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and continues with more comedies (Crossing Delancey, Straight and Narrow), a thriller (Guilty Conscience), and the traditional Christmas panto. www.metrotheatre.com

Fighting Chance Productions’ celebrates its 10th season in 2016/17 with a drama (Now or Later) and four big-time musicals: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, Parade, and A Chorus Line. www.fightingchanceproductions.ca

Studio 58 will be doing Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, Troilus and Cressida, 42nd Street, and Carmen Aguirre’s The Refugee Hotel. www.studio58.ca

And Theatre Wire will be presenting a second season of Fringe alumni and locally created work. Highlights include Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch, a new show from the amazing Chase Padgett, and Monster Theatre’s The Canada Show. www.TheatreWire.com


United Players is holding open auditions for its Sept. 2-25 production of The Beaux’ Stratagem on Sunday, June 26 at Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 W. 4th Ave. To book an audition, call 604-224-8007 (no emails). For character details and sides, go to unitedplayers.com/Pages/Auditions.html.

Registration is now open for Gateway Theatre’s Academy Summer Camps and workshops for kids 8-18 in musical theatre, acting, improvisation and speech. The first camp begins July 4 and others are staggered throughout the summer. Details at www.gatewaytheatre.com or call Education Manager Ruth at 604-247-4975. For the full Academy Brochure go to www.gatewaytheatre.com.

Vancouver TheatreSports League is offering Improv Summer Camp for students in grades 8-10, July 4-17, M-F 9:30-12:30 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Cost: $389. Information and registration at tickets.vtsl.com.

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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