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october 2018 | volume 172


oct. 15-28

We’re looking at a fascinating couple of theatrical weeks to end October, with a plethora of Canadian and locally written plays competing with non-Canadian classics. Other than Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, M*A*S*H* and Harvey, The Wolves and Sweat (the latter two American plays on the New York Times’ 25 Best since Angels in America list), everything on our stages this week is CanCon.

Continuing this week and beyond: the Arts Club’s Mustard at the Granville Island Stage; A Vancouver Guldasta and A Brief History of Human Extinction at The Cultch; Sweeney Todd at Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop in Gastown; Krapp’s Last Tape at the Seven Tyrants Studio; and six TheatreSports shows at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.

Dorothy Dittrich’s The Piano Teacher at the Surrey Arts Centre; Joan Bryans’ Rebel Women at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre; M*A*S*H* at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre; Burn at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre; Harvey at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse.

Opening Oct. 15-21: Brad Fraser’s Kill Me Now at the Firehall; Linda A. Carson’s So, How Should I Be? at North Van’s Presentation House; Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s I Can’t Remember the Word for I Can’t Remember at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre; The Wolves at Pacific Theatre; Ryan Gladstone’s The Shakespeare Show at the Havana; and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat starts previews at the Stanley.

Opening Oct. 22-28: Loretta Seto’s The Ones We Leave Behind at The Cultch; Sex with Strangers at Studio16; The Real Story of the Talking Freds, Woody Sed and Material Witness at the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival; Busybody at Metro Theatre; The Rocky Horror Show at the Waterfront; and The Piano Teacher moves to Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre.

Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews, and look for our BUY TICKETS buttons to buy tickets. To see the busy lineup of plays through the end of November, visit vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is hosting an All Candidates Meeting for Arts and Culture in advance of municipal elections. Come hear what Vancouver’s mayoral candidates are pledging to do in support of the arts. Monday, Oct. 15, 5-7 pm at the Museum of Vancouver. 

Then head down to 750 Hamilton St. where Touchstone warms up for their production of Kill Me Now with playwright Brad Fraser in conversation with Vancouverplays’ Jerry Wasserman. They’re calling it Sex, Love and Euthanasia, three of the key themes of the play. Monday Oct. 15, 7:30 pm at The Post at 750. Admission free. www.touchstonetheatre.com

The Arts Club presents its annual public play reading series, ReACT: New Plays in Progress at the BMO Theatre Centre, Oct. 18-20. This year’s plays are In My Country by Dave Deveau (Oct. 18, 7:30 pm), It’s a Wonderful-ish Xmas Holiday Miracle by Marcus Youssef (Oct. 19, 7:30 pm) and Buffoon by Anosh Irani (Oct. 20, 7:30 pm). Admission free. RSVP required: https://artsclub.com/events/react.  

Theatre Replacement invites you to its fundraiser, Me Love BINGO: Trick and Treat EpisodeOct. 26 at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave., 7 pm. Admission $15 at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/me-love-bingo-trick-and-treat-episode-tickets-50131217822?aff=ehomecard or cash only at the door.

Congratulations to Barbara Tomasic, named Interim Producer at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to oversee the company’s programming when current Artistic Director Jovanni Sy leaves in February 2019. www.gatewaytheatre.com


Rumble Theatre is offering an Emerging Playwright mentorship and filling two Student Ambassador positions for the 2018-19 season. Application deadline Oct. 15. Apply at http://rumble.org/call-for-submissions-emerging-playwrights/; and http://rumble.org/call-for-submissions-2018-19-student-ambassadors/.

Carousel Theatre for Young People and Touchstone Theatre are holding auditions for The Lawyer Show 2019, Urinetown: The Musical, to be staged May 8-11. Auditions will be held Oct. 18 & 21, 7-10 pm at Carousel’s Studio B on Granville Island. For details go to http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/production/lawyershow/

Speakeasy Theatre is accepting submissions from playwrights and directors for the 10-minute-long plays of its 2019 Pull Festival, to be held in March. Deadline for director submissions Oct. 31, for play submissions Jan. 7: at www.pullfestival.ca.

Theatre Replacement invites applications for its New Aesthetics Performance Intensive, to be led by Jeanine Durning and Malik Gaines in July 2019. Applicants must have at least five years professional experience. Application deadline: Feb. 15. Info and application at http://theatrereplacement.org/categories/newaesthetics/.

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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