Third Wheel Productions
Deep Into Darkness by Laura Carly Miller & Sydney Doberstein

Dates and Venue August 13-25 2019. Doors at 7pm, show runs 8pm-10pm | The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver BC

Producers/Writers/Directors/Actors Laura Carly Miller & Sydney Doberstein Producer Fraser Larock Sound Designer Sean William Production Designer John R. Taylor Fight Choreographer Nicholas Harrison Dramaturg Stephen Atkins

Reviewer Erin Jane

Have you ever wanted to be a masked voyeur wandering around inside the mind of creative madness? Vancouver’s own Third Wheel Productions has made this experience available for your twisty pleasure with their immersive theatre show Deep Into Darkness, playing at The Cultch until August 25. Full review



Down Stage Right Productions
SILENCE! The Musical music and lyrics by Jon & Al Kaplan, book by Hunter Bell

Dates and Venue July 25 - August 3 2019, 8pm (Friday Aug 2 @ 7pm & 10pm) | Goldcorp Stage, BMO Theatre Centre 162 West 1st Ave.

Director Mark Carter. Choreography Ken Overbey Costume Design Julie White Musical Director Jeremy Hoffman Graphic Design Barret Chapman Sound Design Sebastian Finch Stage Manager tanya Schwaerzle

Reviewer John Jane

Silence! The Musical, is an unauthorized parody of Jonathan Demme’s 1991 psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs that starred Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. This stage musical version, though deliberately irreverent, faithfully follows the original storyline. Full review

 

 

Ensemble Theatre Company
7th Annual Repertory Festival
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin

Dates and Venue July 10 – August 16, 2019 at 7.30 pm (Brunch presentations at 11am on Sundays) | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St

Directors Shelby Bushell & Michael Scholar Jr. Costume Design Julie White Lighting Design Celeste English Set Design Naomi Sider Sound Design Rick Calhoun Dialect Coach Erin Ormond Fight Director Richard Meen Stage Manager Talya Kuran

Reviewer John Jane

Born Yesterday is a socio-political drama set in Washington D.C. about a year after the end of World War II, which is the time that the play was written by Garson Kanin. It’s one of three plays performed at this year’s Annual Repertory Festival at the Jericho Arts Centre. Full review

 

Theatre Under the Stars

Disney’s NEWSIES music Alan Menken, lyrics Jack Feldman

Dates and Venue July 6 - August 17, 2019 at 8pm - even-numbered days in July, odd-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Director/Choreography Julie Tomaino Music Director Christopher King Set Design Francesca Albertazzi Costume Design Christina Sinosich Lighting Design Robert Sondergaard Sound Design Brad Danyluk Props Design Heidi Wilkinson Stage Manager Collette Berg

Reviewer Erin Jane

Beautiful scenic Stanley Park can’t take all the credit for the atmosphere – set design (by Francesca Albertazzi) featured versatile metal scaffolding meant to overlook the dirty streets of New York, where the newsies tended to hang (often literally). These kids are school-aged but attend only the school of hard knocks, they “got no folks nowhere” and fend for themselves, scrapping for every dime. Full review


Mamma Mia!

Dates and Venue July 5 - August 18, 2019 at 8pm - odd-numbered days in July, even-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Director Shel Piercy Choreography Shelley Stewart Hunt Music Director Wendy B. StuartSet Design Francesca Albertazzi Costume Design Christina Sinosich Lighting Design Robert Sondergaard Sound Design Brad Danyluk Props Design Heidi Wilkinson Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Theatre Under the Stars productions are virtually always delightfully entertaining evenings of high-quality acting, singing and dancing. Add to this a tremendously popular story with universally familiar music, and you have a potential winner. This production of Mamma Mia! hits the bull’s eye. Full review



Bard on the Beach

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

Date and Venue June 26 – August 11, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

Directors Johanna Wright & Rohit Chokhani Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre Set Designer Pam Johnson Choreographer Poonam Sandhu Lighting Designers Conor Moore and Alan Brodie Composer and Sound Designer Ruby Singh Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Jane

Bard devotees generally consider All’s Well That Ends Well a problem play – and for good reason. Shakespeare’s comedy is about self-deceit and trickery (both in the main plot and subplot). First, it’s difficult to reconcile the protagonist’s motivations in the context in which this nebulous play is placed. Full review

Bard on the Beach
Shakespeare in Love
by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Date and Venue June 12 – September 18, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Daryl Cloran Costume Design Cory Sincennes Set Design Cory Sincennes Sound Design Mishelle Cuttler Voice/Text Coach Alison Matthews Choreography Julie Tomaino Fight Direction Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Stephen Courtenay

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Bard on the Beach has adapted the wildly successful movie, Shakespeare in Love, for the Vancouver stage, inspired by its original conception at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in association with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. This production continues Bard’s tradition of excellence in its 30th year of delighting and educating audiences. Full review

 

Bard on the Beach
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare

Date and Venue June 5 – September 21, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Lois Anderson Set Designer Cory Sincennes Costume Designer Mara Gottler Lighting Designer Gerald King Sound Designer Malcolm Dow Dow Fight Design/Choreography Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Stephen Courtney

Reviewer Christian Steckler

This summer’s offerings at Bard on the Beach promise the continued high quality and enjoyment that have become hallmarks of the annual event, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. Imaginative approaches to traditional Shakespeare mark some of the plays this time around, and such is the case with the production of The Taming of the Shrew. Full review


 

A Room Somewhere
Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard

Dates and Venue June 27 - July 6, 2019 @ 8pm, (June 30 & July 6 @ 2pm) | The Nest, 1398 Cartwright St. Granville Island

Director Bo Petersen Lighting Designer Keagan Elrick Sound Designer Thomas Beckman Fight Direction Ryan McNeill and Mike Kovac Stage Manager Olivia Etey

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Athol Fugard wrote a deeply thought-provoking play in Hello and Goodbye. Thanks to Bo Petersen’s insightful direction and Riaan Smit and Deborah Vieyra’s sensitive portrayals of the main characters, the audience walks away wondering about its meaning in their own lives. Full review

 

 

 

Arts Club Theatre Company
Mom’s The Word: Nest ½ Empty by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams

Dates and Venue June 6 – July 20, 2019; Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm

Director Wayne Harrison Choreography Anna Kuman Set Designer Pam Johnson Costume Designer Pam Johnson Lighting Designer Marsha Sibthorpe Sound & Projection Designer Kate De Lorme Props Master Carol Macdonald Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Jane

The kids may have left home, leaving their parents with a mix of relief and anxiety, but the small problems with small children have been replaced with the bigger issues that come from guiding twenty-something kin without seeming to interfere. Add to that, issues with creeping middle-age bring a jolt to any zealous matriarch’s mortality. Full review

 




Arts Club Theatre
Matilda The Musical
book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, from the novel by Roald Dahl

Dates and Venue May 16, 2019 - July 14, 2019, Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Director Daryl Cloran Musical Director Ken Cormier Choreography Kimberley Rampersad Assistant Director/Choreographer Anna Kuman Set and Costume Design Cory Sincennes Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Brad Danyluk Stage Manager Allison Spearin

Reviewer John Jane

Matilda The Musical is based on Roald Dahl’s dark children’s story, adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly and songs added by Tim Minchin. Set in England, roughly in the time it was written, it follows the misadventures of a five-year-old girl who doesn’t fit into her family’s self-centred dynamic. Full review