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february 2019 | volume 176


Feb. 18-Mar. 3


Wait, shouldn’t every day be family day? Oh well … Happy FD anyway – enjoy the day off, if you get it.

Vancouver’s extended Indigenous family takes to the stage over the next two weeks for Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Talking Stick Festival. And some significant dramas open to add weight to what has been a largely comical, musical winter season so far. More of those on their way, too.

Continuing this week: The Arts Club’s The Matchmaker at the Stanley, The Shoplifters at the Granville Island Stage, and True Crime at the BMO Theatre; Cabaret at Studio 58, Up and Coming at Metro Theatre, and TheatreSports at the Improv Centre.

The Arts Club on tour brings Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell to the Surrey Arts Centre, The Comedy of Tenors continues at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse, and Noises Off at the Langley Dinner Theatre.

Opening Feb. 18-24: Revisor, Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s highly anticipated follow-up to Betroffenheit, at the Playhouse; Talking Stick Festival’s Nanabush Stories and the remount of Corey Payette’s Children of God at The Cultch; Joan Bryans’ Changed Utterly at Jericho Arts Centre, and The Amish Project at Studio 1398.

Church Basement Ladies at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre, dance (Loop Lull) and opera (L’elisir d’amore) at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks at UBC’s Chan Centre, and Starlight Radio Theatre – Let There Be Love! at the Abbotsford Arts Centre. 

Opening Feb. 25-Mar. 3: The Good Bride at the Firehall, Jesus Freak at Pacific Theatre, The 39 Steps at the Rothstein Theatre, Le Soulier at Studio 16, and Better Than This: The Evolution of Women in Musicals at the Havana.

North Van’s Presentation House presents two shows from Iceland: Peter and the Wolf and Metamorphosis. For the kids, Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” opens at the Waterfront and James and the Giant Peach at The Cultch.

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 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 presents Indian Acts: Staged Readings at the Roundhouse Community Centre: Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer by Kevin Loring, Feb. 23, 7 pm; The Seventh Fire by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, 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. 1, 1 pm and 7:30 pm, Anvil Centre, New Westminster), Mar. 2, 3 pm.  Pay what you can. https://fullcircle.ca/festival/18th-annual-talking-stick-festival-programming/

SFU School for the Contemporary Arts presents a free workshop performance of the upcoming serialized musical Mermaid Spring, Mar. 2, 8 pm, at Gold Saucer Studio, 207 – 211 W. Hastings St. Info at https://www.facebook.com/events/323002291671430/.


Touchstone Theatre in association with the Firehall invites submissions of new plays for development and production in their Flying Start! program. Playwrights must be residents of BC, 20-35 years old and have a finished manuscript of an unproduced play that runs at least 60 minutes. Submit play and resume in pdf format to flyingstart@touchstonetheatre.com. Deadline: Mar. 15. More information at info@touchstonetheatre.com or 604-709-9973.

Carousel Theatre is offering a Spring Break Camp for Young People ages 7-12 on Granville Island. No experience required. Before- and after-camp supervision also available. Sessions Mar. 18-22 and Mar. 25-29, 9 am-4 pm. Register at https://tickets.carouseltheatre.ca/.

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! musical theatre program is offering summer classes for ages 9 to 19 at the Jewish Community Centre. Session 1: July 2-25; Session 2: Aug. 6-29. Monday to Friday, 9 am-3 pm. Cost per session: Members $750 / Non-Members $850. Application deadline: April 1. Info and application form at https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.

Jerry and Linda


— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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