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JULY 2019 | VOLUME 181




Musicals, comedies and Shakespeare – it must be mid-July. Some of our smaller companies diverge from the formula with some serious drama in the Ensemble plays, #whatnow, andThe God of Carnage. But if it’s summer it must be light, bright and Bard. There’s nothing wrong with that. Many of the shows on tap are deliciously good.

Continuing on our stages this week: the Arts Club’s Matilda The Musical at the Stanley, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love and All’s Well That Ends Well under Bard on the Beach’s tents at Vanier Park, Theatre Under the Stars’ Mamma Mia! and Newsies at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.

Also Ensemble Theatre’s The Drawer BoyBorn Yesterday and Superior Donuts at Jericho Arts Centre, Alley Theatre’s #whatnow at the Annex, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

Opening July 22-Aug. 1: The God of Carnage at the Beaumont, SILENCE! The Musical at the BMO Centre, The Understudy at PAL Studio, Carousel Teen Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale on Performance Works Outdoor Stage, and a number of other teen summer theatre showcases. 

Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. To buy tickets, click on our BUY TICKETS buttons. And see the lineup of plays through early Sept. at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

Big winners at the July 15 Jessie Richardson Award presentations included Les Filles du RoiKamloopa, Le SoulierSweeney Todd, and Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play.” For the complete list of winners, go to www.jessieawards.com.

Bard on the Beach has a lineup of special eventsBard-B-Q & Fireworks, July 27, 31 Aug. 3, 5 pm; Wine Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 21 & Sept. 4, 6 pm; Family Days, Aug. 10, 24, 2 pm; Forum: Kate – Victim or VictorAug. 26, 7:30 pm; Operas & Arias: Verdi and More! Aug. 26 & Sept. 2, 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Exploring Shakespeare with Paul Budra, Sept. 7, 11 am. https://bardonthebeach.org/special-events/

Man of many theatre hats David C. Jones has thrown another into the ring, contesting the NDP nomination in Vancouver Centre for the 2019 federal election. Learn more about David and his platform at www.davidcjones.ca.

Consider subscribing to some 2019-20 seasons:

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 season kicks off with the 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 Café. www.thecultch.com

Firehall Arts Centre’s expanded 13-show season includes SpeakEasy Theatre’s The Shipment, Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Opening Doors – Vancouver East End, Puente Theatre’s FADO – The Saddest Music in the World, Zee Zee and Frank Theatre’s Trans Scripts Part I: The Women, Savage Society’s White Noise, Touchstone’s Lights, and premieres House and Home and Talking Sex on Sundayswww.firehallartscentre.ca

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

Gateway Theatre’s 6-show season includes Canadian plays China DollThe Double Axe Murders, and 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 includes The Rainbow Fish and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, classics Peter Pan and The House at Pooh Corner plus, 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—A Flea in Her Ear, and a rewrite of Romeo and Julietwww.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 Screwball Comedywww.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

Metro Theatre’s comedy-heavy 6-play 57th season includes Comedy of Tenors, Always a BridesmaidCharley’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 Shoplifterswww.kaymeekcentre.com

Studio 58’s 4-show season includes a gender-reversed Antony and Cleopatra, a play about refugees adapted from The Odyssey, and Urinetownwww.studio58.ca

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

Mitch and Murray Productions will have a 2-show season: Annie Baker’s Body Awareness and Anna Ziegler’s Actuallywww.mitchandmurrayproductions.com

Theatre Wire returns for 2019/20 with a 12-show package including new work from Naked Goddess Productions, Aenigma Theatre, TJ Dawe, Monster Theatre and more. www.TheatreWire.com



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

Theatre Under the Stars is offering musical theatre summer camp for ages 8-12 (July 29-Aug. 2, 10 am-3 pm) and 13-18 (Aug. 12-16, 10 am-4 pm). $450/$495. Info and registration: HERE.

The Working Actors Gym is offering an audition workshop with casting director Kris Woz, Sunday Aug. 11, 11 am-5 pm. $160. For info and registration, send a head shot and resume to info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com

Jerry and Tim


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