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Our (gay) guide to Vancouver’s arts scene in October

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Hal Wesley Rogers plays Rocky in the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The Rocky Horror Show.

With fall in full force it’s time to look for those inevitable indoor activities here in Vancouver.  Fortunately there is a lot going on Vancouver stages in October.  Here’s what we’re most looking forward to this month in theatre, music and dance.

Ghost Light Projects presents the musical cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Ghost Light Projects presents the musical cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Oct 2-Nov 2).

You Should Have Stayed Home opens the Firehall season as Tommy Taylor presents a personal and humorous account of his accidental participation in the Toronto G20 riots (to Oct 5).

The Foreigner follows the hilarious antics of Charlie who pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t speak English during his stay at a rural fishing lodge (to Oct 12).

The Arts Club’s 50th anniversary season is underway with the Canadian premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s sizzling comedy of family secrets, Other Desert Cities (to Oct 20).

Forget Team Edward and Team Jacob.  How about Team Oberon and Team Bottom instead? Studio 58 opens its new season with a vampire inspired A Midsummer’s Night Dream (to Oct 20).

The zombies take over the streets of Vancouver as the Virtual Stage gets all interactive with the undead once again with The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island (Oct  1 – Nov 30).

gayflagGhost Light Projects teams up with Laughing Monkey Productions and Carpe Ictus Music to present the musical cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer  (Oct 2-Nov 2).

The Frank Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Vancouver playwright Jan Derbyshire's new play All In.

The Frank Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Vancouver playwright Jan Derbyshire’s new play All In (Oct 15-17).

The Cultch & Upintheair Theatre presents the political comedy Inside the Seed set in a giant bio-genetics corporation that aspires to grow the perfect seed (Oct 2-12).

gayflagTwenty Something Theatre presents Stephen Karam’s dark comedy Speech and Debate that tells the story of three teenage misfits who discover they are linked by a sex scandal in their hometown of Salem, Oregon (Oct 3-12)

The Arts Club gets all kinky with Venus in Fur which sees the tables turned by the writer-director of a new play based on the 1870 novel that inspired the term masochism (Oct 3-Nov 2).

That sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania makes an appearance as Fighting Chance Productions presents The Rocky Horror Show.  Leave the squirt guns at home, but rice and toast are welcome (Oct 4-26).

The award-winning Assassinating Thomson from Monster Theatre comes to the Firehall in which Bruce Horak not only tells his story of becoming a visually-impaired visual artist, but will simultaneously painting a portrait of the audience live (Oct 8-19).

Hardline Productions brings John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking American classic Of Mice and Men to the stage

Hardline Productions brings John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking American classic Of Mice and Men to the stage (Oct 11-26).

Richmond Gateway Theatre presents tales of real-life danger and fictional perils in the multi-media The Highest Step in the World (Oct 10-26).

Hardline Productions brings John Steinbeck’s heartbreaking American classic Of Mice and Men to the stage (Oct 11-26).

gayflagThe Frank Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Vancouver playwright Jan Derbyshire’s new play All In Inspired by the real-life stories of participants at the All the World’s A Stage workshop in May, the play explores themes of marginalization and belonging (Oct 15-17).

Back by popular demand, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest with new visuals and music exploring  the Zelda franchise (Oct 16).

Ballet BC kicks off its season with Tilt featuring Walking Mad from Johan Inger and a new work from Emily Molnar (Oct 17-19).

Zee Zee Theatre joins the political conversation with NYET: A Cabaret of Concerned Citizens, a cabaret of new work by esteemed queer and allied playwrights from across the country.

Zee Zee Theatre presents NYET: A Cabaret of Concerned Citizens (Oct 27).

Playwright Daniel MacIvor puts down his queer quill to tackle Catholicism in Ruby Slippers Production of Communion (Oct 25-Nov 9).

Opera geeks get their fill as Vancouver Opera presents Puccini’s Tosca, a gritty drama of love, corruption and evil (Oct 26 – Nov 3).

gayflagZee Zee Theatre joins the political conversation with NYET: A Cabaret of Concerned Citizens, a cabaret of new works by esteemed queer and allied playwrights from across the country followed by panel discussion of politicians, community leaders and former Olympians (Oct 27).

The Chan Centre presents the return of Portuguese-Mozambican artist Mariza as part of her five continent world tour (Oct 27).

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