July 2016 | Volume 145
july 25-august 7, 2016
SHAKESPEARE (REAL AND FAKE), FESTIVALS, MUSICALS AND MORE
July ends and August begins with two new repertory productions and two more Shakespeares. Running in rep at the Waterfront are Heathers: The Musical and Green Day’s American Idiot from Fighting Chance Productions. Awkward Stage’s Fakespeare Festival at the York features Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Andrew Wade & Jenny Andersen’s TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus. There’s real Shakespeare from Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program—Much Ado About Nothing—on the Performance Works Outdoor Stage, and from Vagabond Theatre The Taming of the Shrew at New West’s Bernie Legge Theatre. Plastic Theatre’s Jag and the American plays at The Cultch, and Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! presents Break a Leg! at the Rothstein. Vancouver TheatreSports continues its busy summer with a new Wednesday evening show, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
Continuing midsummer shows include the Arts Club’s Rock of Ages at the Granville Island Stage, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello and Pericles from Bard on the Beach’s in Vanier Park, Theatre Under the Stars’ West Side Story and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl, Ensemble Theatre Festival’s Betrayal, The Romans in Britain and The Country Wife at Jericho Arts Centre, Surreal: An Interactive Theatre Experience at a secret Gastown location, and TheatreSports’ The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival holds its Program Guide Launch Party and AGM, Thursday July 28, 8-10 pm, at the Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 W. 4th Ave. The AGM runs 6-7:30. Anyone who purchased a Fringe membership at the 2015 festival is eligible to attend the AGM and vote. www.vancouverfringe.com
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming special events include Bard-BQ & Fireworks, 5 pm, July 27 & 30; Wine Wednesdays, 6 pm, Aug. 10, Sept. 7; and Paul Budras’ Exploring Shakespeare talk on Pericles Aug. 13, 11 am. Info and tickets at www.bardonthebeach.org.
CRAFT Productions invites you to F*ck You, We’re the Riot Club: A Staged Reading of Posh by Laura Wade, Aug. 12, 7:30, at Studio 1398, Granville Island. Admission free. Reservations at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, has announced Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, a series of staged readings of new plays by Janet Hinton, Frances Koncan, Jenn Griffin, Carmen Aguirre and Quelemia Sparrow, Sept. 12-16 at False Creek Community Centre. Details at http://rubyslippers.ca.
North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre’s 2016/17 season includes Walt Whitman’s Secret from the frank theatre company, Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, Baking Time (a kids’ show from the UK), The Santaland Diaries, Raven Spirit Dance’s Salmon Girl, and Redpatch, a new play about Aboriginal Canadian soldiers in the First World War from Hardline Productions. www.phtheatre.org
The Firehall’s 34th season features Cathy Jones’s solo show Stranger to Hard Work, 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 Muraille, Mary Vingoe’s Refuge, and Circle Game, inspired by the songs of Joni Mitchell. Plus dance from Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Company 605, and Hong Kong Exile. www.firehallartscentre.ca
United Players’ five-play 2016-17 season at Jericho Arts Centre includes Farquhar’s Restoration comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, and Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance. www.unitedplayers.com.
The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season features new plays by local writers (Anosh Irani’s 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), Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, 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. Last season’s Tomson Highway hit The (Post) Mistress will be one of the Arts Club shows on tour. www.artsclub.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, 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
Pacific Theatre’s 2016/17 season is marked by premieres by local playwrights—Cara Norrish’s A Good Way Out, Maki Yi’s Suitcase Stories and Lucia Frangione’s Holy Mo: A Christmas Show—plus a collaboration with Classic Chic Productions on an all-female Corleone. 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 Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son, Motherload, Sean Harris Oliver’s The Fighting Season, clowns Mump and Smoot, and Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre, plus the latest 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 Man. www.gatewaytheatre.com
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
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 & 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
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
West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre’s Theatre Series will stage the Arts Club on Tour’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, The (Post) Mistress and Bittergirl: The Musical. www.kaymeekcentre.com
Theatre at UBC’s season includes Marlowe’s Edward II, Beckett 16, Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information, and Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs. www.theatrefilm.ubc.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
Theatre Wire presents 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
Alley Theatre and Level Headed Friends Productions invites you to a (literally) blind casting call for its Oct. 20-31 production of Three Stories Up by Mack Gordon. The entire play takes place in the pitch dark, and auditions will be done with assigned numbers and a blindfolded panel. All genders, ages, sizes, ethnicities and abilities will be considered for the lead role. Auditions Aug. 9 & 10. For information on the role and auditions, go to www.alleytheatre.ca.
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