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JUNE 2019 | VOLUME 180




Vancouverplays.com is very proud to be celebrating our 15th birthday this month, but it’s a bittersweet occasion because the wonderful, amazing, talented Linda Malloy is leaving us.

Linda has been the better half of Vancouverplays since its beginning. She designed the website, has continually tweaked its look and functions, and has posted every home page, every listing, every preview, review, banner and photo in our first 179 monthly volumes. Linda has been the best webmistress anyone could ever hope to have, and I (Jerry) will always be grateful for her extraordinary dedication.

As her equally talented director/professor husband Stephen retires from UBC’s Dept. of Theatre and Film this summer, Linda and Stephen are heading off to new adventures for which we wish them the absolute best.

Luckily for Vancouverplays.com, IT genius Tim Li has taken over from Linda. Tim is a local systems administrator and a great guy. We’ll continue to be in excellent hands with Tim, and we look forward to many more years of providing the Vancouver region with the best theatre coverage possible.

Continuing on our stages this week: the Arts Club’s Matilda The Musical at the Stanley and Mom’s the Word: Nest ½ Empty at the Granville Island Stage, Bard on the Beach’s The Taming of the Shrew under the big tent in Vanier Park,United Players’ Jerusalem at Jericho Arts Centre, Laughter on the 23rd Floor at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

Opening June 24-30: A veritable Bard-o-rama! Shakespeare in Love and All’s Well That Ends Well at Vanier Park, Henry V at Pacific Theatre, and Len Cariou’s solo show Broadway & The Bard at The Annex. Non-Shakespeareanly, the musical Rock of Ages opens at Metro Theatre and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye at Studio 1398.

Opening July 1-7:Theatre Under the Stars’ Mamma Mia! and Newsies at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl and Ira Cooper’s Artisanal Intelligence at the Havana.

Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. To buy tickets click on our BUY TICKETS buttons. And check out the lineup of plays through early August at vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.

The Frank Theatre presents a staged reading of Diaspora, an interdisciplinary devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants as part of the Queer Arts Festival, June 25, 7 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Pay what you can. Tickets at https://queerartsfestival.com/diaspora/

Congratulations to this year’s Jessie Richardson Award nominees. The shows with the most nominations are Les Filles du RoiKamloopa, Le SoulierSweeney ToddAs You Like ItKim’s ConvenienceCamera ObscuraThe 39 StepsTimon of AthensThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Never the Last.

Check out our Archives for reviews (https://www.vancouverplays.com/archives.shtml). The Jessies will be presented at Bard on the Beach on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 pm. Tickets ($35) and a full list of nominees at www.jessieawards.com.

Consider subscribing to some 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 Bootswww.artsclub.com

The Cultch season kicks off with the new Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival followed by 16 shows including new work from Tetsuro Shigematsu, the return of Ronnie Burkett, the latest East Van Panto: Pinocchio, plays from Neworld and Theatre Replacement, Briefs (from the Hot Brown Honey company), and Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. www.thecultch.com

Firehall Arts Centre’s expanded 13-show season includes SpeakEasy Theatre’s The Shipment, Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Opening Doors – Vancouver East End, Puente Theatre’s FADO – The Saddest Music in the World, Zee Zee and Frank Theatre’s Trans Scripts Part I: The Women, Savage Society’s White Noise, Touchstone’s Lights, and premieres House and Home and Talking Sex on Sundays. www.firehallartscentre.ca

Pacific Theatre’s 8 shows include Canadian premieres Mother of the Maid and Gramma, adaptations (Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness and A Christmas Carol),The Best of Enemies and The Trip to Bountiful. www.pacifictheatre.org

Gateway Theatre’s 6-show season includes Canadian plays China Doll, The Double Axe Murders, and 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 includes The Rainbow Fish and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, classics Peter Pan and The House at Pooh Corner, plus Rachel Aberle’s play 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—A Flea in Her Ear, and a rewrite of Romeo and Julietwww.unitedplayers.com

Evergreen Cultural Centre’s 8 shows include Arts Club comedies on tour—Bed & Breakfast, The Shoplifters and Kim’s Convenience—plus Forever Plaid and Screwball Comedywww.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

Metro Theatre’s comedy-heavy 6-play 57th season includes Comedy of Tenors, Always a BridesmaidCharley’s Aunt and a Xmas panto. www.metrotheatre.com

Kay Meek’s 5-play all-comedy season includes the Arts Club on Tour’s Bed & Breakfast, Kim’s Convenience and The Shoplifterswww.kaymeekcentre.com

Studio 58’s 4-show season includes a gender-reversed Antony and Cleopatra, a play about refugees adapted from The Odyssey, and Urinetown. www.studio58.ca

Broadway Across Canada brings 5 touring musicals to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Rent, Wicked and Finding Neverland plus new hits Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen. www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca 

Mitch and Murray Productions will have a 2-show season: Annie Baker’s Body Awareness and Anna Ziegler’s Actually. www.mitchandmurrayproductions.com


United Players invites applications for the position of Artistic Director. A mentorship under current AD Andrée Karas will start Sept. 2019, and the position will fully begin in Sept. 2020. Mentorship salary $3000; AD salary $5000/year. Send application letter and resume to lindabegg52@gmail.com.

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@theatrereplacement.org.

Royal City Musical Theatre’s Musical Theatre Summer Academy is registering kids 12-18 for July 8-13 at New West’s Massey Theatre. $300. Info and registration at www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.

Theatre for Living is offering summer training sessions at the Ukrainian Hall, 805 E. Pender St. Level 1: July 13-18; Level 2: July 21-26. Both sessions 9-5 daily, each session $600 + gst. www.theatreforliving.com

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: HERE.  

Jerry and Tim


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