july 2017 | Volume 157
july 24-aug. 6
HOT SHOWS, SUMMER IN THE CITY
Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars and Ensemble Theatre all have their summer plays up and running in repertory. Plus more musicals (Forbidden Broadway, Bittergirl: The Musical) and gritty dramas (Lion in the Streets and GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!).
You can get information about all these shows, read previews and reviews for most of them, and even order tickets, at vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml. For what’s coming soon in August and early September, go to vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
Theatre Replacement presents a New Aesthetics artists’ talk: Vivi Tellas and Miguel Gutierrez at Shebeen Whisk(e)y House, July 25, 5-7 pm. www.newaesthetics.ca.
Bard on the Beach offers an array of special events over the summer: BBQ & Fireworks on July 29, Aug. 2 & 5, 5 pm. Family Nights on Aug. 8 & 22. SFU Prof. Paul Budra’s Exploring Shakespeare Talk on The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Aug. 12, 11 am. Opera & Arias: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Aug. 28 & Sept. 4 at 2 pm and 7:30. For details go to www.bardonthebeach.org.
Ruby Slippers Theatre, the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre present Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, play readings at the False Creek Gym: Jumping Ship by Marcia Johnson, Sept. 11; Go, No Go by Natalie Frijia, Sept. 12; Hidden Memories by Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Sept. 13; Sex, Drugs and Age: The Last Taboo by Colleen Ann Fee, Sept. 14; and Happy Place by Pamela Sinha, Sept. 15. All shows 1:30 pm, by donation (suggested $5-$10). www.rubyslippers.ca
Green Thumb Theatre is fundraising to replace their touring van, destroyed in an accident. Donate at https://www.crowdrise.com/gt-on-the-road-again.
Check out the following companies’ 2017/18 season announcements:
The Arts Club’s 15 shows on three stages and on tour are led off by Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika: http://artsclub.com/season-tickets/lineup/.
The Cultch has 22 shows on its three stages, including Tetsuro Shigematsu’s 1 Hour Photo: https://thecultch.com/tickets/subscribe/.
Firehall Arts Centre’s 35th season includes remounts of Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, The Pipeline Project and Chelsea Hotel: http://firehallartscentre.ca/2017/06/wait-check-35th-anniversary-season/.
Pacific Theatre’s 8 shows are highlighted by the Vancouver premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined: http://pacifictheatre.org/seasonannouncement.
Metro Theatre’s 6-show 55th season features the comedy Calendar Girls: http://metrotheatre.com/newsletters/announcing-20172018-season/.
Carousel Theatre for Young People kicks off its 5-show season with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/1718-season/.
United Players’ 5 shows include Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along: http://www.unitedplayers.com/Pages/Season.html.
Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre has a 10-show season highlighted by the Arts Club’s brilliant Onegin: http://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/buy-tickets/2017-2018-theatre-indie-series/.
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre features 6 shows on its two stages, including a reconceived Saltwater Moon: https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/subscribe.
North Van’s Presentation House Theatre has 8 shows starting with a remount of Where the Wild Things Are: http://www.phtheatre.org/.
UBC’s season includes classics by Beckett and Miller, a world premiere, and an exciting PuSh Festival offering: http://theatrefilm.ubc.ca/events/main-stage-season/.
Studio 58 opens its 52nd season with As You Like It: https://langara.ca/studio-58/current-season/index.html.
Fighting Chance Productions’ 7 shows are capped by Guys and Dolls: http://www.fightingchanceproductions.ca/1516/201718-season-announcement/.
Green Thumb Theatre’s 42nd season of school tours includes Ian Tamblyn’s Land of Trash and John Lazarus’ Not So Dumb: www.greenthumb.bc.ca.
Theatre Wire features plays from independent companies, including Solo Collective, Zee Zee Theatre and ITSAZOO: http://www.theatrewire.com/.
Theatre Under the Stars is offering a musical theatre summer camp: for kids 8-12, July 31-Aug. 4, 10 am-3 pm, M-F ($450); and for ages 13-18, Aug. 14-18, 10 am-4 pm, M-F ($495). Both camps include a showcase on the final Friday at 7 pm. https://www.tuts.ca/registration/camps/2017.
Gateway Theatre, Richmond, is offering summer improvisation camps (July 31-Aug. 4) and workshops in acting (Aug. 14-18) and speech (Aug. 21-25) for kids 8-18. For applications & info, go to https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/summer-camps-workshops-1718?mc_cid=56fecd3f96&mc_eid=26d6afa70e.
The Working Actors Gym is offering an audition workshop with casting directors Kris Woz and Kara Eide, Sunday Aug. 20, 11-5: $150. To register or inquire, send resume and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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