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JANUARY 2022 | VOLUME 211

 

JAN 24-FEB 6

THE SHOWS MUST GO ON!

Yikes! The latest COVID wave has played havoc with Vancouver-area theatre as the new year begins, causing postponements and cancellations galore. The PuSh Festival is bravely going ahead with the loss of only a couple of shows, and we wish them the best of luck. Things are tough enough for live theatre these days, and limited to 50% capacity for the time being, companies are really gambling. BUT … there seems to be some light near the end of this long dark tunnel as cases have – maybe – peaked and life may return to the new new new normal sooner rather than later. At least that’s what the extraordinary optimism of so many of our companies seems to be saying. Just take a look at the sheer number of shows scheduled to open—nearly all of them live—between now and the end of February. Fingers and toes crossed, don’t mention The Scottish Play, and here’s hoping!

Check out the extra-theatrical activity below and all the offerings on our On Now (https://www.vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml) and Coming Soon (https://www.vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml) pages. We update as we receive information from the companies.    

Electric Company Theatre is staging Jonathon Young’s new work-in-progress, An Undeveloped Sound, exclusively for donors at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre, 149 W. Hastings, Feb. 1-4. Details at https://www.electriccompanytheatre.com/show/an-undeveloped-sound/.  

As part of Theatre Replacement and Company 605’s The Collider Effect mini-festival, they are staging Amanda Sum’s new play-in-development New Age Attitudes; Live in Concert at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave., Feb. 4-5. Details at https://www.pushoff.org/live/new-age-attitudes

Ruby Slippers Theatre presents the Advance Theatre Festival, staged reading of five new plays in development. Live at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, and livestreamed. Feb. 7-11. Info and tickets at https://tickets.shadboltcentre.com/TheatreManager/1/login?event=1410.

Kevin Loring’s new play, Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer, will be in Vancouver at The Cultch’s York Theatre Mar. 3-13. The play will get its premiere at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre, live Feb. 1-27, and presented online, Feb. 15-20. Info and tickets at https://www.belfry.bc.ca/little-red-warrior-and-his-lawyer/.

Local theatrical mask-maker supreme Melody Anderson has published a book about her craft: Making Masks. It’s available in softcover at Blurb Canada or Amazon.com, or as an e-book from Blurb (https://www.blurb.ca/b?ebook=770651).

The Cultch has announced a lineup of 11 in-person shows from February through May, along with a series on online shows called Re/Play. Details at https://thecultch.com/event/winter-spring-2022/. 

Carousel Theatre for Young People has announced a 3-play season from March-May: www.carouseltheatre.ca.

And Langley’s Theatre in the Country has planned a 5-show 2022 season: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?preseason=tic01.

Bard on the Beach has announced its theatrical lineup for 2022 (www.bardonthebeach.org);

As has Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca);

And Langley’s Theatre in the Country (https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?preseason=tic01).   

Bard has launched a new 60-minute video presentation called A Shakesperience, to familiarize students and general audience members with Shakespeare’s work. Free. Register at https://bardonthebeach.org/news/2021/a-shakesperience-audience-form/

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! intensive musical theatre summer camps for kids 9-19 are now open for registration for Summer 2022. For info and applications, go to https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.

Please stay healthy and get vaccinated!

Take care,
Jerry

 

 

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Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews