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AUGUST 2019 | VOLUME 182



Mid-August to early September, until the Fringe Festival and United Players’ opening show mark the start of the fall theatre season, is the quietest time of year. There’s another week of Theatre Under the Stars, some action at the Havana and The Cultch, and Bard runs through mid-September. Otherwise, it’s the dog days of summer and the PNE, preparing for the return to school and an exciting new year of theatre.

Continuing on our stages this week: The Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love at Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars’ Mamma Mia! and Newsies at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl, Deep into Darkness at The Cultch, The Zoo Story at the Havana, Our Town in White Rock, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

Opening Aug. 21-31: a gender-switched Coriolanus at Bard on the Beach and six Fringe previews at the Havana Theatre.

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 mid-Sept. at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

Bard on the Beach has more special events for the rest of the summer: Wine Wednesdays, Aug. 21 Sept. 4, 6 pm; Family DayAug. 24, 2 pm; Forum: Kate – Victim or Victor, Aug. 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/

Hardline Productions invites everyone to their Company in Residence Showcase to discuss what it means to be the Arts Club’s inaugural company-in-residence. They’ll also provide a showcase performance and introduce Rice & beans Theatre. Aug. 24, 7 pm, BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Ave. www.hardlineproductions.ca

There’s still time to subscribe to a 2019-20 season:

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 andThe 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

UBC’s 5 shows include their annual Beckett extravaganza, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, Jacobean revenge tragedy The Changeling, and the provocatively titled Revolt. She Said. Revolt Againwww.theatrefilm.ubc.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 

First Impressions Theatre’s 4 shows in Deep Cove are Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Forever Plaid, the ambitious musical Funny Girl, and Shirley Valentine. www.firstimpressionstheatre.com



Gateway Theatre is offering year-long and sessional classes in acting, musical theatre, speech and singing for youth, age 6-18. For information and registration, go to http://gatewaytheatre.com/gateway-academy/year-long-classes?utm_source=Gateway+Theatre+Email+Contacts&utm_campaign=0827425ee4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_AUG19NEWS&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_799c185d42-0827425ee4-13542769&mc_cid=0827425ee4&mc_eid=26d6afa70e.

Jerry and Tim


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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