september 2018 | volume 171
A RICH FALL THEATRE SEASON IN FULL SWING
Fall comes officially this week, but the fall theatre season is already in full swing. The Fringe is over, the Picks have been picked (so it’s not really over—some are held over) and by next week just about every company will have opened their first 2018-19 shows. And the buzz is buzzing about quite a few of them.
Continuing this week and beyond: the Arts Club’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Stanley, Kim’s Convenience at Pacific Theatre, the final two weeks of As You Like It from Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park, Brecht’s The Life of Galileo from United Players at Jericho Arts Centre, Cliffhanger at Metro Theatre, Japanese Problem in the Hastings Park Livestock Building, Tom at the Farm at the Annex, and six shows from TheatreSports at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
Marion Bridge at West Van’s Kay Meek Centre, Cyrano at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest at North Van’s Hendry Hall and Neil Simon’s Rumors at Theatre in the Country in Langley.
Opening this week: Tales of an Urban Indian at North Van’s Presentation House, More Than a President’s Mother: The Lillian Carter Story at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre, All My Friends Are Animals at the Russian Hall, City Opera Vancouver’s Nigredo Hotel with libretto by Ann-Marie MacDonald at The Cultch, this year’s Picks of the Fringe and Fringe Picks Plus at Performance Works, and the Arts Club previews Mustard at the Granville Island Stage.
Next week: Kim Senklip Harvey’s Kamloopa opens at The Cultch, Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-soeurs at Richmond’s Gateway, The Book of Mormon returns to the Queen E, Never Still (dance from Vanessa Goodman) at the Firehall, Beckett 18: It All … Ah Well at UBC’s Frederic Wood, Marcus Youssef’s Incognito Mode: A Play about Porn at Langara’s Studio 58, and the Cascadia Project Festival at Studio 1398.
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 October, visit vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
It’s not exactly theatre but sure to be theatrical. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Capilano University is hosting acerbic social commentator Fran Lebowitz at Cap’s BlueShore Centre, in conversation with Vancouverplays’ Jerry Wasserman. Sparks are guaranteed to fly. Thurs & Fri., Sept. 27 & 28, 8 pm. $50 at https://tickets.capilanou.ca/TheatreManager/1/login?event=0.
Congratulations to Seven Tyrants Theatre for programming their first full 4-play subscription season in their new theatre space above The Penthouse nightclub, 1019 Seymour St. www.seventyrants.com
Mitch and Murray Productions’ Aaron Craven is offering a scholarship for actors under age 25 in honour of his late brother Trevor: 8 weekly classes from him at the Working Actors Gym. Send photo, resume and one-page letter with your background, what you know about the company and why you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship to email@example.com. Deadline Sept. 22.
Director Valerie Easton and musical director James Bryson are holding auditions for Royal City Musical Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain (April 4-20). Prepare 2 songs from the classical musical theatre repertoire (one up-tempo, one ballad) and bring tap and jazz/character shoes for a 10 am dance call. Oct 13 & 14 at Renegade Studios, 3030 E. Broadway. For questions, firstname.lastname@example.org. Book an audition: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2454031/false#/invitation.
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/.
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