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february 2019 | volume 176


Feb. 4-17

Valentine’s Bouquets and More

It’s February, the Canucks are still in the playoff race, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There are a few plays dramatical in and out of town these two weeks but many more comedies and musicals in the lead-up to Valentine’s.

Continuing this week and beyond: Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell at the Firehall, A Prayer for Owen Meany at Pacific Theatre, The Matchmaker at the Stanley, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at Jericho Arts Centre, Murder on Reserve at Metro Theatre, and Cabaret at Langara’s Studio 58.

Also Brilliant Traces at PAL Studio, Seen at Studio 58, Annie: The Musical at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox Theatre, Drinking Alone at North Van’s Hendry Hall, Half Life at the Langley Playhouse, and Beau Jest in Abbotsford.

Opening this week: the Arts Club’s True Crime at the BMO Theatre, Classic Chic’s all-female Much Ado About Nothing at The Cultch, Yoga Play at Richmond’s Gateway, The Comedy of Tenors at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, and The Learned Ladies at North Van’s Capilano University.

Catering their shows to Valentine’s Day, Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week. And Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters starts previews at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage.

There’s dance at Burnaby’s Shadbolt (In Fiction), West Van’s Kay Meek (Coppélia), and SFU Woodward’s (Blood on the Dance Floor); and for one day only, Monster Theatre’s Theatre Under the Gun at Performance Works, Til Death – The Six Wives of Henry VIII at the Havana, and Tales of an Urban Indian at New West’s Anvil Centre.

Opening next week: The Shoplifters at the Granville Island Stage, Up and Coming at Metro Theatre, One Thing Leads to Another from Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre at Performance Works, and Noises Off at the Langley Dinner Theatre.

The Arts Club on tour takes Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell to North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Mission.

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

Carmen Aguirre is moderating a panel on Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Voices from the Left. Samir Gandesha, Sky Gilbert, Morgane Oger, Omari Newton and Micheal Vonn will explore issues around freedom of speech and creative censorship in the arts. Feb. 18, 7-9 pm, BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Ave.

North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre invites the community to Weaving Our Humanity, an evening of storytelling, art and music celebrating cross-cultural relations on the North Shore. Feb. 21, 7 pm. Admission free. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/weaving-our-humanity-an-evening-of-stories-tickets-55256088448.

Vancouver TheatreSports turns the Improv Centre into a cruise ship for Improv Voyage, one night only, Feb. 21 at 7 pm. In addition to comedy you get food, drink, music and a silent auction. Tickets $59.99 at 604-738-7013 or www.vtsl.com/show/improv-voyage/.

Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Talking Stick Festival 19 presents Indian Acts: Staged Readings: Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer by Kevin Loring, Feb. 23, 7 pm; The Seventh Fire by Lisa C. Ravenbergen, Feb. 24, 4 pm; Keeping the Fire Burning with Margo Kane, Feb. 25, 7 pm; Indian Act: Residential School Plays with Melanie J. Murry & Curtice Peeteetuce, Feb. 26, 7 pm; You Used to Call Me Marie by Tai Amy Grauman, Feb. 27, 7 pm; and White Noise by Taran Kootenhayoo, Mar. 2, 3 pm.  Roundhouse Community Centre. Pay what you can. https://fullcircle.ca/festival/18th-annual-talking-stick-festival-programming/


Theatre Replacement invites applications for its New Aesthetics Performance Intensive in July 2019. Applicants must have at least 5 years professional experience. Deadline: Feb. 15. Info and application at http://theatrereplacement.org.

Ruby Slippers Theatre invites submissions for Advance Theatre Festival: 2019, staged readings of new plays by diverse women. Send play synopsis, brief bio and maximum 10-page script excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca by Feb. 15. Priority will be given to diversity. www.rubyslippers.ca

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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