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



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



Pacific Theatre
The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

Dates and Venue May 17 – Jun 8. 2019, 8pm Wed-Sat with 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Director Angela Konrad Set Design Lauchlin Johnston Costume Design Kaitlin WilliamsLighting Design Michael K. Hewitt Sound Designer Rick Colhoun Props Design Ariel Slack Stage Manager Julia Lank

Reviewer John Jane

Della is dedicated to her craft of baking “cakes for all occasions.” She truly believes that any problem could be solved with one of her cakes that she claims contains the all important ingredient of love. Della and her husband Tim are a childless couple with conservative Christian values. So when Jen, whose mother was a close friend of Della, shows up to ask the cake shop proprietor to cater her wedding cake, it leaves our ‘cake lady’ with a decision that she would prefer not to make. Full review



xDelta Youth Theatre
Mary Poppins, Jr.

Dates and Venue May 8-12, 2018 at 7pm. (Matinees at 11am & 2pm Sat and Sun) | Genesis Theatre, 5005 45 Ave., Ladner

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I saw Cast 3 last night of this show and I was impressed with the professionalism of these elementary and high school kids perform this 90 minute show led by the talented Claire Bidulka as Mary Poppins.
Full review



Theatre In the Raw

Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein, adapted from Carl Reiner's Novel

Dates and Venue May 8 - 12 & May 15 – 19, 2019 at 8pm | Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Ave.

Director Jay Hamburger Costume Design Alaia Hamer Lighting Design Chengyan Boon Hair/Makeup Design Tammy Chou Props Design Jan Janovick Stage Manager Duston Baranow-Watts

Reviewer John Jane

Set in New York City in the nineteen-thirties, Enter Laughing is a two-act comedy written by Joseph Stein, based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel. Carl Reiner, who was a producer, writer and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show, is still alive at the age of ninety-seven. Despite a distinguished career, he is probably best known as the father of Rob Reiner. Full review



xCall Mr. Robeson

Dates and Venue Call Mr. Robeson: 7 - 10 May, 2019 at 8pm (Tues, Wed & Fri at 1pm) | Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Call Mr. Robeson, written and acted out by Nigerian-British actor Tayo Aluko is a biopic of African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Featuring Ol’ Man River and other famous Negro Gospel songs, Aluko gave a splendid impersonation of Robeson, with his Bass Baritone voice and oratory. Full review


The Great Leap by Lauren Yee

Dates and Venue
April 25–May 19, 2019; Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Director Meg Roe Set Design Heipo C.H. Leung Costume Design Stephanie Kong Lighting Design John Webber Sound Design Alessandro Juliani Projection Design Sammy Chien Art Director Shang-Han Chien Movement Coach Agnes Tong Stage Manager Caryn Fehr

Reviewer John Jane

Lauren Yee’s play is placed in San Francisco, California and Beijing, China in 1989. At the storyline’s centre is an exhibition basketball game between college teams representing the two cities. The game reunites the team’s respective coaches: Saul (Toby Berner) and his former protégé Wen Chang (Jovanni Sy). Full review



Seussical The Musical Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Dates and Venue April 25 - May 5. 2019, at 7:30 pm (matinees Sat and Sun, 2:30 pm) | Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd, White Rock

Reviewer Ed Farolan

A very brave undertaking by this husband and wife team (Brad and Chantelle Dewar) of a difficult musical. Kudos to them and the cast for this brave undertaking! Full review



The Cultch and Realwheels Theatre
Act of Faith by Janet Munsil

Dates and Venue April 11 - 20. 2019, 8pm | The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC 

Director Rena Cohen Set and Props Design David Roberts Lighting Design Michael K. Hewitt Sound Designer Matthias Falvai Costume Design Christopher David Gauthier Film Dramaturge Jennifer Boyes-ManseauStage Manager Michael Brooks

Reviewer John Jane

Act of Faith is a probative drama by Victoria playwright Janet Munsil and produced by niche theatre company Realwheels. The play is inspired by the true story of a Vancouver dancer struck down with paralysis in the lower limbs and remained wheelchair bound for thirteen years. Full review


Arts Club Theatre Company In partnership with Great Canadian Theatre Company
Bed & Breakfast by Mark Crawford

Dates and Venue April 4–May 4, 2019; , Mon – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage

Director Ashlie Corcoran Set and Cotume Design Dana Osborne Lighting Design Rebecca Picherack Sound Designer John Gzowski Stage Manager Ronaye Haynes

Reviewer John Jane

Bed & Breakfast is Ontario playwright Mark Crawford’s classic ‘fish-out of-water’ comedy about a gay couple who abnegate the stress of living in Toronto for the stress of living in small town, Ontario. Brett (Mark Crawford) and Drew (Paul Dunn) act out, with occasional narration directly to the audience, the story of renovating Brett’s late Aunt Maggie’s home to a B&B. Full review


xRoyal City Musical Theatre
Singin’ in the Rain by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, songs By Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

Dates and Venue April 4 – 20, 2019, Thurs, Fri & Sat 7:30pm; (matinees 2pm – Sat on Apr 13 & 20 & 2pm – Sun Apr 7) |Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster

Reviewer Karen Fitzgibbon

We loved tonight's performance as Massey Theatre celebrates its 30th year with the production of Singin' in the Rain.a musical comedy that takes place in Hollywood in 1927 at the end of one era and the start of another. I am talking about the end of silent pictures and the start of films with sound (talkies). The unfortunate thing is that not all silent film actors and actresses are gifted with beautiful voices. In this musical, a film company, Monumental Pictures, embarks on a new talkie film, The Dueling Cavalier. Full review


Broadway Across Canada
Come From Away
by Irene Sankoff & David Hein

Dates and Venue March 5-10, 2019; Tue - Sat evenings at 8pm, Sun evening at 7:30pm and matinees on Sat and Sun at 2pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Director Christopher Ashley Music Supervision Ian Eisendrath Scenic Design Beowulf Boritt Costume Design Toni-Leslie James Lighting Design Howell Binkley Sound Designer Gareth Owen Stage Manager Shawn Pennington

Reviewer John Jane

There are plenty of good reasons for the show’s success in every city it has played. Besides being modestly Canadian, it is simultaneously parochial and cosmopolitan. Newfoundland culture and sense of identity from everything from cod tongues and Screech to kissin’ the cod is popularized. Full review



Pacific Theatre
Jesus Freak by Peter Boychuk

Date and Venue March 1-23, 2019, 8pm Wed – Sat + 2pm Saturday matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave

Director Morris Ertman Set Designer Brian Ball Costume Designer Jessica Oostergo Lighting Designer Jillian White Sound Designer Rick Colhoun Ariel Slack Props Master Stage Manager Samantha Pawluik

Reviewer John Jane

Jesus Freak is a brand new family drama by BC playwright Peter Boychuk that centres on the inter-relational dynamic of a normally progressive leaning family when one of their members does something the others consider untenable. Daughter Clara (Kaitlin Williams) comes home from college and apprehensively announces that she has found religion. Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company on Tour

(A Firehall Arts Centre production)
Circle Game by Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman

Dates and Venues
February 14 – March 26, 2019 | Various venues throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Performers Benjamin Millman, Scott Perrie, Adriana Ravalli, Kimmy Choi, Samantha Bourque, & David Z. Cohen

Directors Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman Musical Director Andrew Cohen Choreography Anna Kuman & Andrew Cohen Set Designer Carolyn Rapanos Lighting Designer Ian Schimpf Sound Designer Geoff Hollingshead Costume Designer Jessie Van Rijn Technical Director Ted Roberts Stage Manager Jillian Perry

Reviewer Cassie Silva

Since the first concert I ever attended as a child was Joni Mitchell, I enjoyed the opportunity to come full circle and attend Circle Game. The name seems fitting, as the song by Mitchell refers to the carousel of time and growing up. “We can’t return we can only look behind from where we came, and go round and round and round in the circle game…” Full review


Arts Club Theatre Company
The Shoplifters by Morris Panych

Dates and Venue February 7–March 9, 2019 Mon – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage

Director Morris Panych Set and Cotume Design Ken MacDonald Lighting Design Alan Brodie Sound Designer Ace Martens Fight Director Mike Kovac Stage Manager Caryn Fehr

Reviewer John Jane

The play begins moments after Alma and Phyllis (Patti Allan and Agnes Tong) have been caught sneaking out of the supermarket with what they mistakenly considered ‘free’ groceries. Alma has crossed a moral line in stealing expensive steaks cut expressly for her. Otto and Dom (Dean Paul Gibson and Raugi Yu) a pair of rent-a-cops who provide security at the grocery chain have apprehended the “customers” on suspicion of pilfering the pricey meat. Full review