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MAY 2019 | VOLUME 179


May 13-26

The Spring season is in full swing as we prepare to wish Happy Birthday to Queen Victoria. (Do we really still have that holiday? Okay, it’s good to have any excuse for a May long weekend.) Lots of theatrical opportunities for you to launder your money, $15 or $20 or $30 at a time.

Continuing this week: The Arts Club’s The Great Leap at the BMO Centre, Nassim at The Cultch, The Sea at Jericho Arts Centre, Communicating Doors at Metro Theatre, Duets at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre, Enter Laughing at Studio 16, A Steady Rain at Seven Tyrants Studio, VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque at Performance Works, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

Opening May 13-19: The Cake at Pacific Theatre, Once Upon a Mattress at North Van’s Presentation House, Arts Umbrella’s Expressions Festival at the Waterfront, and the Arts Club’s Matilda The Musical previews at the Stanley.

Opening May 20-26: New plays by Susanna Uchatius for Theatre Terrific (HELLO) at the Firehall, Allan Morgan (I Walked the Line) at New West’s Anvil Centre, and Derek Chan (Chicken Girl) at The Annex; more new work from Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Festival at The Cultch, Ce qu’on attend de moi at Studio 16, The Dixie Swim Club at North Van’s Hendry Hall, and dance (HAKO) at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre.

Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. To buy tickets click on our BUY TICKETS buttons. And check out the busy lineup of plays through June at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

Here are some 2019-20 season announcements:

The Arts Club’s 14-play season opens with an adaptation of the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns and includes Pulitzer Prize winner Cost of Living, Governor-General’s Award winner carried away on the crest of a wave, new plays by Hiro Kanagawa and Marcus Youssef, a new installment of Mom’s the Word, and kinky musicals ‘Da Kink in My Hair and Kinky Bootswww.artsclub.com

The Cultch’s ambitious, eclectic programming kicks off with the new Indigenous Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival followed by 16 shows including new work from Tetsuro Shigematsu, the return of Ronnie Burkett, the latest East Van Panto: Pinocchio, plays from Neworld and Theatre Replacement, Briefs (from the Hot Brown Honey company), and Holiday at the Elbow Room Caféwww.thecultch.com

Pacific Theatre’s 8 shows include Canadian premieres (Mother of the Maid and Gramma), adaptations (Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness and A Christmas Carol), Love/ SickThe Best of Enemies and The Trip to Bountiful. www.pacifictheatre.org

Gateway Theatre’s 6-show season includes Canadian plays from Marjorie Chan (China Doll), Berni Stapleton (The Double Axe Murders), and Quelemia Sparrow (O’Wet) along with Straight White Men and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. www.gatewaytheatre.com 

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s 7-show season draws on nature for The Rainbow Fish and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, classic kids’ stories Peter Pan and The House at Pooh Corner, plus Rachel Aberle’s Green Thumb hit for older kids, Still/Fallingwww.carouseltheatre.ca

United Players returns with another cosmopolitan 5-play season that includes modern classics—Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Miller’s The Price—and adaptations of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India. www.unitedplayers.com

Evergreen Cultural Centre’s 8 shows include Arts Club comedies on tour—Bed & Breakfast, The Shoplifters and Kim’s Convenience—plus Forever Plaid and Norm Foster’s Screwball Comedywww.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

Metro Theatre’s comedy-heavy 6-play 57th season includes Comedy of Tenors, Always a Bridesmaid, Charley’s Aunt and a Xmas panto. www.metrotheatre.com

Kay Meek’s 5-play all-comedy season includes the Arts Club on Tour’s Bed & Breakfast, Kim’s Convenience and The Shoplifters. www.kaymeekcentre.com

Broadway Across Canada brings 5 touring musicals to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: classics Rent, Wicked and Finding Neverland plus new hits Waitress and Dear Evan Hansenwww.broadwayacrosscanada.ca 


1001 Steps Theatre Society is casting a September production at The Cultch of a new corporate adaption of King Lear called LEAR INC. Seeking the role of Albany plus smaller roles. Rehearsals from May through August at the Kwantlen campus in Surrey. For further info and audition, email Chantele Franz at 1001stepstheatre@gmail.com

Touchstone Theatre is offering group and individual sessions of Public Speaking Training for Canadian Professionals with Kerry Sandomirsky this spring. For info go to https://www.touchstonetheatre.com/programs/touchstone-training.   

The Working Actors Gym is offering an audition workshop with casting director Judy LeeJune 2, 11 am-5 pm at the Gym. $160. Inquire with headshot and resume to info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com.

Registration is open for Theatre Replacement’s PantoLand Academy summer camps for ages 5-10: July 2-6 or July 8-12, 9:30 am-3 pm. $325. For info email lili@theatrereplacement.org.

Royal City Musical Theatre’s Musical Theatre Summer Academy is registering kids 12-18 for July 8-13 at New West’s Massey Theatre. $300. Info and registration at www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.

Theatre for Living is offering summer training sessions at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender St. Level 1: July 13-18; Level 2: July 21-26. Both sessions 9-5 daily, each session $600 + gst. www.theatreforliving.com

Theatre Under the Stars is offering musical theatre summer camp for ages 8-12 (July 15-19 or July 29-Aug. 2, 10 am-3 pm) and 13-18 (July 22-26 or Aug. 12-16, 10 am-4 pm). $450/$495. Info and registration: https://tuts.ca/programs-and-rentals/musical-theatre-camp/?utm_source=Subscriptions+2019+-+Full+List+2.0&utm_campaign=2019+Subs+Launch+March+6&utm_medium=email.  

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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