APRIL 2019 | VOLUME 178
HAPPY EASTER, HAPPY PASSOVER
May the Easter bunny make all your wishes come true. I’m wishing especially for some hot shows as the winter theatre season nears its end.
Continuing this week: The Arts Club’s The Orchard (After Chekhov) at the Stanley and Bed & Breakfast at the Granville Island Stage, Cherry Docs at Pacific Theatre, Act of Faith at The Cultch, Chimerica at Jericho Arts Centre, Persuasion at Metro Theatre, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.
For the kids, Carousel’s The Young King at Performance Works and Jack and the Magic Bean at North Van’s Presentation House. Grow-up theatre continues with King Richard and His Women at Seven Tyrants Studio, Never the Last at The Annex, and RCMT’s Singin’ in the Rain at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre.
Opening April 15-21: Dave Deveau’s Dead People’s Things at Studio 16 and Mal and Cara at the PAL Studio.
Opening April 22-28: BC Buds at the Firehall, IGNITE! at The Cultch, Let’s Try This Standing and Veda Hille’s Little Volcano at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, Out Again at the Inn at Havana, 4 ½ (ig)noble truths at the KW Studio, Glory moves to Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre, and The Great Leap previews at the Arts Club’s BMO Centre.
Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. To buy tickets click on our BUY TICKETS buttons. And check out the busy lineup of plays through May at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
Vancouver TheatreSports presents MOM = WOW, a special Mother’s Day show, Sunday May 12, 4 pm at the Improv Centre. All seats $25. www.vtsl.com
Congratulations to two superb performers (with many other skills), Danny Virtue and P. Lynn Johnson, recipients of this year’s Sam Payne Awards from the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA. www.ubcp.com
Here are the first of the local theatre companies that have begun announcing their 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 Boots. www.artsclub.com
Pacific Theatre’s 8 shows include Canadian premieres (Mother of the Maid and Gramma), adaptations (Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness and A Christmas Carol), Love/Sick, The Best of Enemies and The Trip to Bountiful. www.pacifictheatre.org
Gateway Theatre’s 6-show season includes Canadian plays from Marjorie Chan (China Doll), Berni Stapleton (The Double Axe Murders), and Quelemia Sparrow (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 draws on nature for The Rainbow Fish and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, classic kids’ stories Peter Pan and The House at Pooh Corner, plus Rachel Aberle’s Green Thumb hit for older kids, Still/Falling. www.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—and adaptations of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India. www.unitedplayers.com
Broadway Across Canada brings 5 touring musicals to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: classics Rent, Wicked and Finding Neverland plus new hits Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen. www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca
Touchstone Theatre is offering group and individual sessions of Public Speaking Training for Canadian Professionals with Kerry Sandomirsky this spring. For info go to https://www.touchstonetheatre.com/programs/touchstone-training or email Amy Lynn Strilchuk at email@example.com for rates and dates.
Registration is open for Theatre Replacement’s PantoLand Academy summer camps for ages 5-10: July 2-6 or July 8-12, 9:30 am-3 pm. $325. For info email Lili Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Under the Stars is offering musical theatre summer camp for ages 8-12 (July 15-19 or July 29-Aug. 2, 10 am-3 pm) and 13-18 (July 22-26 or Aug. 12-16, 10 am-4 pm). $450/$495. Info and registration: https://tuts.ca/programs-and-rentals/musical-theatre-camp/?utm_source=Subscriptions+2019+-+Full+List+2.0&utm_campaign=2019+Subs+Launch+March+6&utm_medium=email.
THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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