• Visit The Arts Club


november 2017 | volume 161


nov. 13-26


The beat goes on for Vancouver theatre artists reaping major honours from across the country. Congratulations to Marcus Youssef for winning this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and to Christine Quintana, whom Marcus named his protégée (a requirement of the Siminovitch).

Congratulations to Hiro Kanagawa, whose play Indian Arm, published by Playwrights Canada Press, won this year’s Governor General’s Award for Drama, and to Bill Millerd who receives the Herbert Whittaker Award for distinguished contribution to Canadian theatre as voted by members of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association.

Finally (but with more exciting announcements to come this fall), Kim Senklip Harvey has been chosen one of two inaugural residents of the new National Theatre School of Canada Artistic Leadership Residencies. Congrats to Kim.

It’s no coincidence that with all these talented people at work on our stages, the Vancouver region’s fall season is rich with numerous theatrical treats.

Continuing this week: King Charles III at the Stanley, Taken at Midnight at Jericho Arts Centre, Calendar Girls at Metro Theatre, Honky Tonk Angels at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, Smart People at Studio 16, The Ridiculous Darkness at The Annex, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Kits Neighbourhood House, Wives and Daughters at UBC’s Freddy Wood, and The Diviners at New West’s Douglas College.

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth has its media opening at the Firehall, Bev Elliott’s Sink or Swim moves to Richmond’s Gateway, and Japanese Problem gets a remount at Burnaby’s Nikkei National Museum.

The Arts Club remounts Ami Gladstone & Veda Hille’s brilliant Onegin at the Granville Island Stage and Stacey Kaser & Alison Kelly’s The Day Before Christmas at the BMO Centre. Bernard Cuffling reprises his solo turn in George Orwell’s Coming Up for Air at West Van’s Kay Meek Centre. TheatreSports’ Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa is at the Improv Centre. And a touring Jersey Boys is back at the Queen E.

New on our stages: Solo Collective premieres Aaron Bushkowsky’s Satellite(s) at Performance Works and Rumble’s The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius is at The Cultch; Almost, Maine opens at Pacific Theatre and Carousel’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Waterfront; Wilderness opens at Studio 58, Campground at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre, The Shipment at The Cultch, Red Light Winter at the Revue Stage, and Peter and the Starcatcher at North Van’s Capilano U.

Physical theatre is featured at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre (Spin and In Circulation) and North Van’s Presentation House (The New Conformity), musicals open at Studio 1398 (Mockingjay – A Hunger Games Musical), the XY Lounge (Worth the Weight) and the Canadian Music Centre in BC (The Story of My Life), and the season’s first panto, Sleeping Beauty, opens at New Westminster’s Bernie Legge Theatre.    

Read previews and reviews of these shows and look for the BUY TICKETS buttons at vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml. For the rest of the shows opening before Christmas, check out vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert presents Showtunes by Year: The Musicals of 1927, 1947 & 1960, a series focusing on the history of musical theatre. Nov. 15 (1947), 16 (1927) & 17 (1960), 7:30 pm, at CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St. Pay what you can. Details at http://www.applausemusicals.com/showtunes-by-year.html.

Neworld Theatre presents a public performance of Marcus Youssef’s Jabber, a show that’s been touring high schools with Green Thumb Theatre. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Progress Lab (1422 William St.). Admission by donation. All proceeds to Immigrant Services of BC. www.neworldtheatre.com

Join Ann Mortifee with Ed Henderson (guitar), Bill Sample (keyboards) and Finn Manniche (cello) for Ann Mortifee: The Magic of Seven, two evenings of story and song at Christ Church Cathedral, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7:30 pm. Tickets $40 + charges, online only at www.magic-of-seven.eventbrite.ca.

Kevin Loring’s Savage Society and New Westminster’s Massey Theatre have announced a new partnership “to nurture, develop and showcase dynamic Aboriginal performance and media arts, including visual, literary and media artists from across the country” at the Massey Theatre. www.savagesociety.ca www.masseytheatre.com

Congratulations to Laura Efron, named the new Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. www.vancouverfringe.com

Twenty Something Theatre has officially renamed itself Firepot Performance. Visit them at www.firepotperformance.com.


United Players is holding auditions for its production of Lucy Prebble’s Enron, directed by Brian Parkinson, Nov. 23, 6:30-10 pm, and Nov. 25, 1-5, location tba. Rehearsals Jan. 14-Mar. 21; production Mar. 22-April 15. Prepare a contemporary monologue, 2 mins. max, for characters ages 30-60. Call Andree Karas at 604-224-8007 to book an audition. www.unitedplayers.com

The Working Actors Gym presents an audition workshop with casting directors Kris Woz & Kara Eide Sunday, Nov. 26, 11 am-5 pm. Cost: $150. For information and registration go to http://mitchandmurrayproductions.com/contact/.

London’s East 15 Acting School is holding auditions and interviews in Vancouver for its BA Acting, MA/MFA Acting, and MA/MFA Theatre Directing programs, Feb. 5 at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island. Info at www.East15.ac.uk. Book an audition at eastfifteen@gmail.com or +44(0)20 8508 5983.

Ruby Slippers Theatre, the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Guild of Canada invite submissions for Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, staged readings of five new plays written and directed by diverse Canadian women at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe. Send a play synopsis, brief bio and maximum 10-page play excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca. Directors should send a resume and cover letter. Deadline: Feb. 15.

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
Vancouverplays: Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews


Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews