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


Anvil Centre
Tales of an Urban Indian written & performed by: Darrell Dennis

Date and Venue February 9th 7:30pm; one night only | Anvil Centre

Reviewer Erin Jane

Tales of an Urban Indian is a darkly comic semi-autobiographical story of Simon Douglas, a self-proclaimed “Urban Indian” who grew up partly on a reserve in British Columbia and partly in East Vancouver, who states early on that he “likes cement and gets lost in the woods. Full review


Gateway Theatre
Yoga Play by Dipika Guha

Dates and Venue February 7 - 16, 2019 | Main Stage Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Jovanni Sy Set Designer Sophie Tang Costume Designer Amy Mcdougall Lighting/Video Designer Chengyan Boon Sound Designer Mishelle Cuttler Props Master Carol Macdonald Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima

Reviewer John Jane

Yoga Play, by young Calcutta born playwright Dipika Guha, is hardly about yoga, although, there is one hilarious scene when yoga is attempted – sort of. Neither is the play set in India, the de facto birthplace of yoga, but in California. Guha’s comedy is an outrageous satire about Jojomon, a fictitious manufacturer of high-end yoga apparel whose bottom-line has been seriously jeopardized by insensitive remarks about the girth of some of their clients..... Full review



The Arts Club’s 2019–2020 Season

Date and Venue 5 February, 2019 | BMO Theatre Centre

At a media event this morning (February 5) at the BMO Theatre Centre, artistic director Ashlie Corcoran rolled out the roster for the Arts Club Theatre Company’s 56th season. The 2019–2020 season will open at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage with A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma, a co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Summary and listings



Studio 58
Cabaret book by Joe Masteroff , music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the play by John Van Druten

Dates and Venue January 31 - February 24, 2019, 8pm (matinees at 3pm on Feb. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24) | Langara College, 100 West 49th Ave., Vancouver

Director Josh Epstein Musical Director Christopher King Choreography Shelley Stewart Hunt Set Design Drew Facey Costume Design Amy McDougall Lighting Design Itai Erdal

Reviewer John Jane

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Kabarett Klub! The Kit Kat Klub provides the dynamic venue, through the antics of its ‘Emcee’ that so graphically illustrate the prevalent downward spiraling moral decay, and depraved sexuality. Director Josh Epstein has (perhaps wisely) targeted the audience's emotional involvement rather than reflective detachment. Full review



North Vancouver Community Players
Drinking Alone by Norm Foster

Dates and Venue February 1-2, February 6-9 and February 13-16, 2019, 8pm | The Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th Street, North Vancouver

Reviewer Erin Jane

Drinking Alone, a raucous and funny play written by Norm Foster, is a perfectly befitting play for this no-experience-necessary theatre company. Light and comedic with the occasional deeper elements, the Saturday night audience was loving every minute of its 2-hour running time. Full review


2019 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
L’Homme de Hus by Camille Boitel

Dates and Venue
February 1 & 2, 2019 at 8pm |
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street

Originators Bénédicte Le Lamer, Camille Boitel Lighting Design Camille Boitel and Laure Couturier

Reviewer John Jane

Performance artist Camille Boitel’s brand of physical satire would likely find a more natural place with Cirque du SoleilTM than on a theatre stage. Although the constraints of a black box stage didn’t appear to present any restrictions to Monsieur Boitel, who not only left the stage at one point, but even left the auditorium as part of his act. Full review



Arts Club Theatre Company
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

Dates and Venue January 24–February 24, 2019, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at Sun at 2pm & 8pm and Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Street

Director Ashlie Corcoran Choreography Shelley Stewart Hunt Set & Costume Design Drew Facey Lighting Design Alan Brodie Sound Designer Mishelle Cuttler Dialect Coach Adam Henderson Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Jane

Director Ashlie Corcoran leaves nothing behind in this quality Arts Club production. Her justified reliance on extravagantly elegant props and clothing evoke a world that has gone for good. The well-constructed, elegant architecture, designed Drew Facey follows each act to a different location. Full review


The Cultch in association with Ahuri Theatre & The Theatre Centre (part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival)
This is the Point by Tony Diamanti, Dan Watson, Christina Serra, Karin Randoja, & Liz MacDougall

Dates and Venue January 29 – February 2, 2019 at 8pm (additional perf. On Feb. 2 at 2pm) | The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St.

Director Karin Randoja Set & Costume Design Sonja Rainey Lighting Design Andre du Toit Sound Designer Tim Lindsay Stage Manager Pip Bradford

Reviewer John Jane

This is the Point is an episodic, non linear peek into the lives of real-life couple Tony Diamanti and Liz MacDougall, and the real-life family of Dan Watson and Christina Serra. The piece of theatre has a thin theatrical thread that barely divides the line between reality and drama. Full review



2019 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
written & performed by Selina Thompson

Dates and Venue January 24 - 26, 2019 at 8pm & January 27 at 2pm | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Director Dawn Walton Production Design Katherina Radeva Lighting Design Cassie Mitchell Relights Louise Gregory Sound Design Sleepdogs Collective

Reviewer John Jane

Throughout the show, Thompson speaks directly to the audience, first introducing herself in a soft West Midlands accent (she was born in Birmingham, England) then going into some details of her heritage. The triangular fluorescent light is intended to represent the Transatlantic Slave Triangle linking Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Full review


Ensemble Theatre Company
A Prayer for Owen Meany adapted by Simon Bent from the novel by John Irving

Dates and Venue January 18 – February 9, 2019, Wed - Sat at 8pm; (+ 2pm Saturday matinees) | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave

Director Ian Farthing Costume Design Julie White Lighting Design Patrick Smith Sound Design Rick Calhoun Stage Manager Sammie Hatch

Reviewer John Jane

Everything about Simon Bent’s adaptation of the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany is large. A cast of seventeen actors share twenty-eight roles. Some actors go through as many as four costume changes. The original hard cover novel is the thick end of 600 pages. Full review



The Firehall Arts Centre
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell

Dates and Venue January 12 – February 9, 2019, Tues at 7pm, Wed-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3pm & 8pm, Sun at 3pm & Wed at 1pm PWYC |Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova

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 John Jane

Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, whist placed in a theatrical setting, thanks largely to Carolyn Rapanos’ visually intriguing set and Ian Schimpf’s dramatic lighting, is much closer to being a tribute concert with added choreography, than a stage musical. Full review