JANUARY 2022 | VOLUME 211
HERE WE GO AGAIN...
As COVID cases multiply, the big question is whether live theatre can survive another extended shutdown. For now, theatres can operate at 50% capacity. But the Arts Club has just postponed its January show until March. The PuSh Festival has cancelled two events. And the Cultch, having recently announced a full slate of live shows for winter ’22, has indicated that many of those shows may be online only. If you are thinking about going to the theatre this month, please check with the company rather than relying on the dates we have posted here. Things are likely to change weekly, if not daily. For now, we still have a rich schedule of shows in January, including most of PuSh. Fingers crossed that the shows will go on.
Check out the extra-theatrical activity below and all the offerings on our On Now and Coming Soon pages. We update as we receive information from the companies.
The death of Sidney Poitier at age 94 is the latest in a strong of major losses for the theatre world these past months. Known primarily, of course, as a film actor, Poitier began his professional life on the stage. His performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is shattering. Try to find the film version.
The Cultch has announced a lineup of 11 in-person shows from February through May. Details at https://thecultch.com/event/winter-spring-2022/.
Carousel Theatre for Young People has announced a 3-play season from March-May: www.carouseltheatre.ca.
And Langley’s Theatre in the Country has planned a 5-show 2022 season: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?preseason=tic01.
Bard on the Beach has announced its theatrical lineup for 2022 (www.bardonthebeach.org);
As has Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca);
And Langley’s Theatre in the Country (https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?preseason=tic01).
Bard has launched a new 60-minute video presentation called A Shakesperience, to familiarize students and general audience members with Shakespeare’s work. Free. Register at https://bardonthebeach.org/news/2021/a-shakesperience-audience-form/
Theatre Replacement has launched its first public art project, Speaker A, a sound installation in the breezeway of the new housing development, Second & Main, at 180 E. 2nd Ave. Access it online at https://www.speakera.ca/.
The PuSh Festival has released a new PuSh Walk podcast by Anais West: Underground Absolute Fiction: a musical wandering between East Van and Poland, memory and fantasy, a search for queer belonging and family history. https://pushfestival.ca/walks/?dm_i=4J37,FKB6,1L4CQS,1NI1M,1
Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! intensive musical theatre summer camps for kids 9-19 are now open for registration for Summer 2022. For info and applications, go to https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.
Please stay healthy and get vaccinated!
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