OCTOBER 2021 | VOLUME 208
OCT 18-NOV 1
Dear theatre lovers and friends,
As we enter into the heart of the fall theatre season, things are looking similar to and different from our pre-COVID theatrical landscapes. There are plenty of things to see—live—though by and large they are small-cast plays: solo shows, two- and three-handers. Theatrical economics during COVID have been very tough, and companies are doing what they can.
Conspicuously missing from the live theatre calendar this month are shows from the region’s two largest, most productive professional winter companies, the Arts Club and The Cultch. The Cultch has produced most of its offerings for online consumption. The Arts Club has been biding its time and husbanding resources. Both companies will have large-scale live Christmas shows in November-December, alongside the Chutzpah! Festival and shows from most of our major and many smaller companies. We’re definitely back. But the number of online, livestreamed, filmed and audio productions also indicates the new reality, for now at least.
What does this all mean? Ultimately, who knows. For now, though, there are lots of choices and much to be grateful for. Go, Theatre!!
Check out the extra-theatrical activity below and all the live and online offerings on our On Now and Coming Soon pages. We continuously update as we receive information from the companies.
The PuSh Festival has released a new PuSh Walk podcast by Anais West: Underground Absolute Fiction: a musical wandering between East Van and Poland, memory and fantasy, a search for queer belonging and family history. https://pushfestival.ca/walks/?dm_i=4J37,FKB6,1L4CQS,1NI1M,1
North Van’s First Impressions Theatre is holding a fundraiser featuring Roy Forbes, celebrating his 50th anniversary in the music business and a new album, Edge of Blue. Oct. 22-23, 8 pm at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre. $35. www.firstimpressionstheatre.com
Stories That Transform Us, Corey Payette’s documentary film about the history of Urban Ink that premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival earlier this month will be available for streaming Oct. 22-Nov. 18 via VIFF Connect. Tickets $10 HERE.
Toronto’s Factory Theatre is offering its online production of David Yee’s acts of faith free from Oct. 23-26. You need to register in advance for your preferred performance at (https://www.factorytheatre.ca/shows/acts-of-faith/).
The Firehall Arts Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre present Openings: A Cultural Sharing at the Firehall as part of the 2021 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Featuring Donna Spencer, Rosemary Georgeson, and Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers. Nov. 3-6. $15 at www.firehallartscentre.ca
Pacific Theatre presents a staged reading of Nowheresville, BC by Chantal Gallant. Nov. 3-5. $16 at https://tickets.pacifictheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/online
Carousel Theatre for Young Audiences has announced itsnew Co-artistic and Managing Directors: Jennica Grienke and Dave Deveau. Congrats and good luck to them both!
The frank theatre company’s Telling It Bent Youth Showcase, new work by LGBTQ2S+ youth is now online at https://www.instagram.com/thefranktheatre/channel/ or
Little Mountain Lion Productions presents 41 Stories Written by Kids. Professional theatre artists perform stories written and directed by elementary school kids. https://littlemountainlionproductions.com/41stories/
Please stay healthy and get vaccinated!
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— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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