xSpirit Horse

Dates and Venue April 21, 2pm & 7pm; April 22, 2pm; April 27, 7pm; Sat. April 28, 2pm & 7pm; April 29, 2pm | The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island, 1412 Cartwright St.

Reviewer Ed Farolan

I found this play quite enlightening, and I was quite impressed, especially the actors who are from different First Nations. They were really good. But that´s expected because these thespians are professional actors. They played multiple roles, including the spirit horse.Full review

 

xThe White Rock Players’ Club
August: Osage County

Dates and Venue April 13 – 28, 2018, Wed – Sat 7:30pm and Sunday matinees 2:30pm | The Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock

Reviewer Ed Farolan

A comedy that leans a bit to the darker side, by Tracy Letts, 2008 Pulitzer Prize awardee, it is the story of a pill-popping, sharp-tongued, cancer patient, matriarch, Violet Weston (Cindy Peterson), her three daughters (Alaina Holland, Katherine Morris and Samantha Silver) and their father, the family patriarch Beverly Weston (Fred Partridge). It was adapted for film in 2013 with Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in the leading roles, and nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Full review


xRoyal City Musical Theatre
Cabaret music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb

Dates and Venue April 12 – 29, 2018, Weds, Thurs. Fri. Sat. 7:30pm; Sat matinees 2pm April 21 & 28 | Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Another entertaining and delightful musical by RCMT! Continuing their tradition of presenting outstanding big Broadway musicals annually, this hit based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood is about 1931 Berlin, which is transitioning from an avant-garde cultural centre to the beginning of Hitler’s totalitarian regime. Full review

 

Theatre in the Raw Presents
Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller

Dates and Venue April 11 - 22, 2018; Wed–Sat 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm, April 18 2-for-1 admission | Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Ave., Vancouver BC

Director/Producer Jay Hamburger Stage Manager Amanda Parafina Costume Design Alaia Hamer Lighting Design Chengyan Boon

Reviewer Erin Jane

Jay Hamburger founded “Theatre in the Raw” out of a Commercial Drive café in 1994, and the theatre company is aptly named for their risk-taking and grass roots approach to theatre. Hamburger, who is the Director of this production of Arthur Miller’s famed play Incident At Vichy, introduced the play with the Martin Niemöller poem, “First they came…” This poem perfectly set the stage for the ensuing performance, as it highlights themes of guilt, persecution, and complicity that are significant in Incident at Vichy. Full review

Arts Club Theatre Company
The Humans by Stephen Karam

Dates and Venue March 22–April 22, 2018; Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street

Director Amiel Gladstone Set Design Drew Facey Costume Design Jenifer Darbellay Lighting Design Adrian Muir Sound Design David Mesiha Stage Manager Jan Hodgson

Reviewer Erin Jane

 

The tagline for Stephen Karam’s 2015 Tony award-winning play The Humans is “Family drama, on more than one level.” That’s because the set design features a modest cross section of a two-level apartment in Manhattan. Full review

 

 

United Players
ENRON by Lucy Prebble

Dates and Venue March 23 – April 15, 2018, 8pm Thurs.-Sun. except Sundays April 1, 8, 15, matinées only at 2pm | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St., Vancouver

Director Brian Parkinson Set Design Josie Lee Costume Design CS Fergusson-Vaux Lighting Design Michael Methor Sound Design/Composer Patrick Boudreau Choreographer Nicola SpinolaStage Manager Victoria Porter

Reviewer Elizabeth Paterson

A consummate cast of lead actors supported by a substantial and thoroughly competent ensemble make ENRON, currently running at Jericho Arts Centre, a continuously fascinating event. On the face of it, charting the business history of giant energy firm Enron from Texan gas and oil company to global marketing superpower might not be a stimulating artistic topic, especially since its subsequent fall from grace is still well known. Playwright Lucy Prebble throws in song-and-dance, ventriloquism, pop music (Patrick Boudreau) and video to add theatricality to what is a very talky play. Nicola Spinola’s precise choreography and projections by Harika Xu’s and Vanka Salim give good value. Full review

 

Pacific Theatre
Bar Mitzvah Boy by Mark Leiren-Young

Dates and Venue March 23 – April 14, 2018, 8pm Wed -Sat with 2pm Sat matinees | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

Director Ian Farthing Set Design Carolyn Rapanos Costume Design Kaitlin Williams Lighting Design Jillian White Sound Design Matthew MacDonald-Bain Stage Manager April Starr Land

Reviewer John Jane

Preparing for a bar mitzvah (trans. son of commandment) may easily take twelve month or even longer, but Joseph Brant (Richard Newman) wants his immediately or least before his grandson has his and he is willing to offer a generous donation to the Synagogue to get his way. But Joey’s bar mitzvah will not be a smooth passage into manhood. Full review

 

 

The Firehall Arts Centre
Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Dates and Venue March 17 – April 21, 2018, Tuesdays 7pm, Wed – Fri 8pm, Saturdays 3pm & 8pm, Sundays, 3pm, Wednesdays, 1pm | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St.

Director Tracey Power Set Design Marshall McMahen Costume Design Barbara Clayden Lighting Design Ted Roberts Sound Design Xavier Berbudeau Musical Arranger Steve Charles Stage Manager Emma Hammond

Reviewer John Jane

Tracey Powers’ brilliantly surreal revue borrows a little from Kurt Weill‘s theatrical style. It takes place entirely in a hotel room likely not a whole lot different to the Montreal Bard’s temporary digs in New York. Marshall McMahen’s effectively ascetic set, with piles of crumpled pieces of paper in every corner and a (rather symbolic) paper wall, is evocative of Cohen’s early struggle with mental block. Full review

 


Ruby Slippers Theatre in association with Gateway Theatre
I Lost My Husband by Catherine Léger, translated by Leanna Brodie

Dates and Venue March 15 - 24, 2018, 8pm (matinees on Saturdays at 2pm, Tuesday, March 20 at 1pm) | Studio B, Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Diane Brown Set & Lighting Design John Webber Costume Design Hannah Case Sound Design Mishelle Cuttler Props Assistant Heidi Wilkinson Stage Manager Lois Dawson

Reviewer John Jane

I Lost My Husband is Catherine Léger's quasi-feminist, four-handed comedy. The title is a literal translation from the original French language play J'ai perdu mon mari. Full review

 

 

Arts Club Theatre Company
Forget About Tomorrow by Jill Daum, with songs by John Mann

Dates and Venue March 1 – March 25, 2018, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Director Michael Shamata Set and Costume Design Pam Johnson Lighting Bryan Kenney Sound Design James Coomber Projection Designer Candelario Andrade Stage Manager Caryn Fehr

Reviewer John Jane

Forget About Tomorrow is Jill Daum’s bittersweet family drama with healthy doses of humour mixed in. It’s very much a local story inspired by the playwright and husband John Mann’s own real life struggle with John’s early onset Alzheimer's disease. Full review



Theatre for Living

Dates and Venue March 2 – 10, 2018, 7.30pm (matinee at 1pm, Mar 7) | Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E Cordova St

Director David Diamond Associate Director Renae Morriseau Lighting Designer Alan Brodie Video Designer Bracken Hanuse Corlett Sound Designer Clayton Gianni Charleyboy Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins

Reviewer Christian Steckler

It appears that Canada may be a house, but not a home. In a powerful presentation that has toured Alberta and British Columbia, šxw?am'et (Home) focuses on the meaning and responsibilities inherent in reconciliation between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous people. Full review

 

 

Speedbump Theatre
The Past by Arthur Holden

Dates and Venue February 21 - 25, February 27 - March 3, 2018, at 8pm & February 25 - 2pm | Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Director Marko Hohlbein Lighting Design Hannah Lohns Sound Design Bob Oldfield Stage Manager Ashley Sutton

Reviewer Christian Steckler

Some say that our past shapes who we are, and, by extension, who we will be. Others say that it’s not so clear - that time isn’t linear, and life isn’t either. Still others say that past, present and future are one. Full review



xArts Club Theatre Company ON TOUR

Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, based on the verse-novel by Alexander Pushkin

Dates and Venues 17 Oct 2017 - 4 Apr 2018 | On Tour Various

Director Amiel Gladstone Set Design Drew Facey Sound Design Brad Danyluk Costume Designer Jacqueline Firkins Lighting Designer John Webber Musical Director Veda Hille Choreography Tracey Power Dramaturg Rachel Ditor Stage Manager Allison Spearin Musicians Barry Mirochnick, Jennifer Moersch and Marguerite Witvoet

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Onegin had its national premier in Vancouver in March of 2016, where the musical won most of the Jesse awards for outstanding production, direction (for Gladstone), lead actor (Alessandro Juliani), lead actress (Meg Roe), supporting actor (Josh Epstein), set design (Drew Facey), costume design (Jacqueline Firkins), lighting design (John Webber) and original composition (Hille and Gladstone).  Since then, it has had a run at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto last spring of 2017 and again at the Granville Stage last Fall before it went on tour. Full review

 

 

Gateway Theatre
Salt-Water Moon by David French

Dates and Venue February 15 - 24, 2018, 8pm - matinees on Sat Feb. 17 & Sun Feb.18 at 2pm; Tues Feb. 20 at 1pm (Tea Matinee) | Gateway Theatre MainStage, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Director Ravi Jain Lighting Design Kaileigh Krysztofiak Production Design Kaileigh Krysztofiak Stage Manager Tamara Protic

Reviewer John Jane

The production of this revival is just about as minimalistic as you can get. No set, save for a cluster of naked flame candles placed strategically on the stage floor; No costumes, actors allowed to wear the clothes they likely rehearsed in. It’s a kitchen sink drama without the kitchen sink. Full review

 

 

Arts Club Theatre Company
Fun Home music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron

Dates and Venue February 8–March 10, 2018, Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage

Director Lois Anderson Musical Director Jonathan Monro Set Design Amir Ofek Costume Design Amy McDougall Lighting Design Alan Brodie Sound Design Bradley Danyluk Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs

Reviewer John Jane

Fun Home is a memory play scripted by Lisa Kron, and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel. The title is sardonic, since it would seem there isn’t all that much fun in this home. It’s a coming-of-age story presented as a musical tragedy.... Full review

 


Arts Club Theatre Company
JITTERS by David French

Dates and Venue January 25 – February 25, 2018, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Director David Mackay Set Design Ted Roberts Costume Design Mara Gottler Lighting Design Gerald King Sound Design Murray Price Stage Manager Angela Beaulieu

Reviewer John Jane

Jitters is a play-within-the-play. A small professional theatre in Toronto is rehearsing a new play with only a few days before opening night. Just about everyone concerned with the production has a ‘make-or-break’ stake in it. Full review

 

 

xArts Club Theatre Company ON TOUR
Misery by William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King

Dates and Venues January 5 - February 8, 2018 | Various venues around the Lower Mainland

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Half of the house stood up in ovation at curtain call for the two main characters of the show, Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee during opening night at the Surrey Arts Centre last January 10th. I was impressed by the acting of these two actors but even more impressed by the innovative set design of Lauchlin Johnston. Full review