Theatre under the Stars

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Dates and Venue July 4 - August 18, 2018 Show 8pm, Lobby opens: 7pm; odd-numbered days in July, even-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Director Sarah Rodgers Choreographer Nicol Spinola Music Director Brent Hughes Set Designer Brian Ball Costume Designer Christina Sinosich Lighting Designer Gerald King Sound Designer Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima

Reviewer Darren Cordeiro

The plot rang true to the Disney version of Cinderella which maintained that certain level of nostalgia for the audience while offering a few well planned deviations to heighten the enticement for what the next scene would bring. Full review

42nd Street Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin

Dates and Venue July 5 - August 17, 2018 Show: 8pm, Lobby opens: 7pm; even-numbered days in July, odd-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Director Robert McQueen Choreographer Shelley Stewart Hunt Music Director Christopher King Set Designer Brian Ball Costume Designer Chris Sinosich Lighting Designer Gerald King Sound Designer Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Collette Berg

Reviewer John Jane

With its charming “small town girl makes it on Broadway” story, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in a razzmatazz production of 42nd Street with a loaded cast. Set in the early thirties at the beginning of the Great Depression (economists don’t even use that word anymore) initially in New York City, it’s essentially a show about show business. Full review


Ensemble Theatre Company
6th Annual Summer Repertory Festival

Dates and Venue July 12 - Aug 17th, 2018 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

Director Kathleen Duborg Assistant Director Shelby Bushell Scenic Design Stephanie Wong Costume Design Julie White Lighting Design Patrick J. Smith Sound Design Javier Sotres Props Design Josina de Bree Dialect Coach Brian C. Parkinson Stage Manager Samantha Paras

Reviewer John Jane

Toxic mother - daughter relationships are generally few and far between, but they certainly aren’t unique. Mag Folan (Tanja Dixon-Warren) and Maureen Folan’s (Kirsten Slenning) relationship has broken down, with little love, respect or any positive feelings worthy of salvaging. Full review



Untold Wants Theatre
The Human Ear by Alexandra Wood

Dates and Venue July 18 - 25, 2018, Wed - Sun July 18 - 21 and Tues – Wed, July 24 and 25 at 8pm, Sat matinee at 2pm | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave.

Director Jessica Aquila Cymerman Sound Jamie Amadruto Lights and Stage Management Phil Miguel

Reviewer Christian Steckler

It is almost always preferable to see a play performed than to read it. Seeing the words acted out, emotions shown, and characters clearly portrayed, brings a playwright’s intent to life, the vision expressed in three dimensions. The Human Ear is a complex play performed in a minimalist style. Full review


The 36th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards

The 36th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held on Monday, July 16th at Bard on the Beach in the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park. The awards celebrate excellence in professional theatre and salutes all the talent who contribute to Vancouver’s theatre scene. Thirty-five companies registered over 57 productions this past year contributing to the 2017-2018 theatre season. The Jessie Awards are divided into three categories: Large Theatre, Small Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences and special awards and special prizes. Full Listing of Winners


Bard on the Beach

Lysistrata adapted by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson

Dates and Venue July 6 – September 13, 2018 | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Director Lois Anderson Costume Designer Barbara Clayden Set Designer Drew Facey Lighting Designer John Webber Composer/Sound Designer Mishelle Cuttler Head Voice & Text Coach Alison Matthews Choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Fight Director Josh Reynolds Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Jane

For the second time within a few days Bard on the Beach opens a play on the Howard Family Stage that is set in Athens with an all female cast. This time it’s an ultra feminist, ad hoc adaptation of Lysistrata by Jennifer Wise and Lois Anderson. Full review


x Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 26 – September 9, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

Director Meg Roe Costume Designer Mara Gottler Set Designer Drew Facey Lighting Designer John Webber Sound Designer/Composer Alessandro Juliani Head Voice & Text Coach Alison Matthews Choreographer Amanda Testini Fight Director Josh Reynolds Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith

Reviewer John Jane

In this essentially all-female production, a zealously generous Athenian, much beloved through (in this mounting) her largesse and benevolence, disburses her wealth to hangers-on. Full review

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 12 – September 22 | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Daryl Cloran Set Design Pam Johnson Musical Director Ben Elliott Lighting Designer Gerald King Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre

Reviewer Melanie Ewan

As You Like It — Bard on the Beach style — features an all-Beatles score that is sure to slap a goofy and enduring smile on your face. The cast and crew pull off this eclectic feat of music, prose, and pop culture reference with impressive precision, a testament to their breadth of talent. Full review


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Dates and Venue June 6 – September 13, 2018, 7.30pm weekend matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Director Chris Abraham Set Design Pat Johnson Costume Design Christine Reimer Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Owen Belton Fight Direction Jonathan Hawley Purvis Stage Manager Stephen Courtenay

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Direction by Siminovitch Prize winner Chris Abraham awakens in the characters an exploration into personality, inclination, motive, and reaction to consequence that gives powerful definition to the performance of every player in this production. Full review

Les Misérables music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Dates and Venue July 10 - 15, 2018, 8pm except Sunday at 7.30pm; Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Reviewer Erin Jane

In its 32nd year, Les Miserables is on tour once again, presented by Broadway Across Canada. Before I took my seat, I wandered down to the orchestra pit to see where Schönberg’s powerfully emotional musical score would be coming from. Full review

Vagrant Players Theatre Society
Kill All Politicians by Thomas Yungerberg

Dates and Venue June 20-23, 2018, Thurs - Sat at 8pm or Sat at 2pm or 5pm | Pacific Theatre

Director Cody Kearsley and Megan Peta Hill Set Design Mariana Munoz Lighting Design Keagan Elrick Stage Manager Julia Lank & Fiona Govin

Reviewer John Jane

When Stu receives a parking ticket because his space was taken up by a neighbour’s truck, it serves as a flashpoint for his pent-up anger and frustration at the system that he has always abhorred. Full review

Arts Club Theatre Company
ONCE by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Dates and Venue June 20-23, 2018, Thurs - Sat at 8pm or Sat at 2pm or 5pm | Pacific Theatre

Dates and Venue June 14–July 29, 2018, (up to July 15) Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm; (after July 15) Tues–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sat at 2pm, and Sun at 1:30pm & 7:30pm | Granville Island Stage

Reviewer Erin Jane

Once is the touching, bittersweet story of a heartbroken Irish guy who meets a free-spirited, enchanting young Czech girl while busking on the streets of downtown Dublin, and it has touching, bittersweet music to match.
Full review


United Players
Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

Dates and Venue June 1 - 24, 2018, 8pm; 2pm matinees on Sundays | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery

Director Adam Henderson Production Manager Fran Burnside Set Design Chris Bayne Costume Design CS Ferguson-Vaux Lighting Design Michael Methot Sound Design Zakk Harris Stage Manager Andy Sandberg

Reviewer John Jane

Regarded as something akin to a folk heroine, Nell Gwynn was born around 1650 in a part of London that would become the theatre district. Charles II was very supportive of English theatre where he was known to find many a willing mistress. Full review



Vancouver Moving Theatre
Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way

by Renae Morriseau, Rosemary Georgeson & Savannah Walling

Dates and Venue May 17-19 & May 24-26, 2018, Thurs and Frid 7:30pm, Sat matinees 2pm | Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room, 1607 East Hastings Street

Director Renae Morriseau Artistic Director Savannah Walling
Lighting Bryan Kenney Costumes Crystine Booth Projection Chandra Melting Tallow, Michelle Sylliboy Sound Debbie Courchene, Chandra Melting Tallow, Jason Burnstick

Reviewer Christian Steckler

The term, “reconciliation,” has gained traction in recent years in Canada’s efforts to come to terms with the effects of the colonization of the indigenous lands of this country, and of the social and cultural maps that existed before contact. For most, the term communicates the need for a path to mutual respect and healing of the relationship between indigenous peoples and the colonizers. Full review



MAMMA MIA! music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson

Dates and Venue May 10–August 12, 2018, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm; matinees on Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Director & Choreographer Valerie Easton Musical Director Ken Cormier Associate Musical Director Sasha Niechoda Set Designer David Roberts Costume Designer Alison Green Lighting Designer Robert Sondergaard Sound Designer Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewers John Jane and Ed Farolan

It is difficult to comprehend that four decades have passed us by since Anni-Frid, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha last recorded together as ABBA. And yet, judging from the audience’s enthusiastic response to last night’s opening performance of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Mamma Mia!, the symmetrical Swedish group’s popularity does not appear to have diminished. Full review



Pacific Theatre
Tolkien by Ron Reed

Dates and Venue May 11 –June 9, 2018, Wed - Sat at 8pm with 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave

Director Ron Reed Set Design Drew Facey Costume Design Christopher David Gather Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Jeff Tymoschuck & Corina Akeson Production Design Jessica Hood Stage Manager Jethelo E. Cabilete

Reviewer John Jane

The play is a three act historical drama, which offers the audience the extrinsic sense of being a fly on the wall at the Eagle and Child pub and other places that the Inklings would gather. The Inklings (as in: “don’t have an inkling”) was a literary group of academics and soon to be legendary writers. Full review