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october 2016 | Volume 148


oct. 7-30, 2016


These next two weeks are probably THE busiest in the theatre year with more than a dozen shows ongoing and more than two dozen more opening across the Vancouver region.

Ongoing to the end of this week: Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi Twelfth Night (with English surtitles) at The Cultch, the frank theatre’s Walt Whitman’s Secret at North Van’s Presentation House, Flare Path at Jericho Arts Centre, Bachelorette at the Havana, King of the Yees at Richmond’s Gateway, Comfort Cottages from Western Gold at PAL Studio, Bare Bear Bones at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre, the Arts Club on Tour’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Surrey Arts Centre, and Ten Times Two: The Eternal Courtship at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre.

Ongoing to the end of the month: the Arts Club’s marvelous The Flick at the Granville Island Stage and its touring Baskerville at Chilliwack Cultural Centre and Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre, The Zombie Syndrome: Dead in the Water from Andy Thompson and the Virtual Stage on Granville Island, Body and Soul at New West’s Bernie Legge Theatre, and Spectral Theatre’s Late-Night Double Feature at Slickity Jim’s on Main. Continuing from TheatreSports at the Improv Centre: Trump Card – Winner Takes All, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy.

Opening this week: the Arts Club’s Bakersfield Mist, starring Nicola Cavendish at the Stanley, Nicole NattrassMamahood: Turn and Face the Strange at the Firehall, Fight Night and Take Five (five short plays) at The Cultch, Théâtre la Seizième’s Straight Jacket Winter at Studio 16, Alley Theatre’s Three Stories Up at a mystery location and ITSAZOO’s Hidden at UBC’s Botanical Gardens, Red Phone from Boca del Lupo as part of the Vancouver Writers Festival at the Fishbowl on Granville Island, I Care What You Think (dance) at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, The Mystery of Irma Vep at North Van’s Hendry Hall, and Royal Canadian Theatre’s It Was a Dark and Stormy Night traveling to Metro Theatre and Maple Ridge’s ACT. Christmas Queen 3 – The Bachelorette Edition opens at Vancouver TheatreSports’ Improv Centre.

And next week: The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe opening at the York, Maki Yi’s Suitcase Stories at Pacific Theatre, Sultans of the Street from Carousel at the Waterfront, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at Metro Theatre, Now or Later (a play about an American Presidential election) from Fighting Chance at the PAL Studio, Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at North Van’s Presentation House, Frankenstein, 1945 at Studio 1398, 12 Angry Jurors at CBC Studio 700, various theatrical activities at the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, Arsenic and Old Lace at West Van’s Kay Meek Centre, and Smash! at Trinity Western University.

Urban Ink is hosting a reading of a new documentary theatre piece in progress, Freedom Singer, produced by Project Humanity in association with Crow’s Theatre and Urban Ink. Oct. 18, 7:30 at 1405 Anderson St., Granville island. RSVP to programs@urbanink.ca.  

Rumble Theatre is having a Halloween party at PL1422, Oct. 29, tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.rumble.org

The Arts Club is holding an Onegin CD release concert, Nov. 6, 8 pm at the BMO Theatre Centre on West 1st. Tickets $49 for admission + CD, $29 admission only at www.artsclub.com/events

What with l‘affaire Colin Thomas and other recent events in Vancouver’s theatre critic community, Stephen Hunt, former Calgary Herald theatre critic, has written a timely article in the Globe and Mail: www.theglobeandmail.com.


Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre are holding auditions for The 2017 Lawyer Show (Grease), Oct. 20 & 23, 7-10 pm at Carousel Theatre rehearsal space on Granville Island. You must be a lawyer, law student, articling student or clerk to audition. For info go to www.touchstonetheatre.com

Theatre for Living is recruiting indigenous and non-indigenous workshop participants and cast members for a project on reconciliation. Workshop Jan. 30-Feb. 4, rehearsals Feb. 7-26, performances Mar. 3-11. To apply email information about yourself including age, gender and anything else you think relevant, plus your own ideas about reconciliation, to David Ng at outreach@theatreforliving.com. For more info go to www.theatreforliving.com. Application deadline Oct. 21.

The Working Actors Gym presents an audition workshop with casting directors Kris Woz and Kara Eide, Nov. 6, 11 am-5 pm, at the Gym, #203, 161 Keefer St. Previous training and experience a prerequisite. Fee: $150. Register at 604-872-0075 or info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com.

Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre invite submissions from Vancouver women playwrights for the next round of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. Send your play synopsis and maximum 10 page script excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca (one submission per person only). Five chosen playwrights will receive rehearsals, tech rehearsals, artists’ fees and a staged reading of their plays on Granville Island during next year’s Fringe Festival. Priority will be given to diversity. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017. www.rubyslippers.ca

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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