On Vancouver stages: our weekly round-up from Vancouver Presents

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There is a lot of great stuff happening on Vancouver stages right now. From the devastating Annapurna, to the same-sex makeover of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the fall arts season is off to a great start.

Lucia Frangione and Darryl Shuttleworth give electric performances in Annapurna. Photo by Anne Marie Slater. - See more at: http://vancouverpresents.com/theatre/theatre-review-annapurna-is-devastating/#sthash.b9abrc4s.dpuf

Lucia Frangione and Darryl Shuttleworth give electric performances in Annapurna. Photo by Anne Marie Slater.

The payoff in Sharr White’s Annapurna is so devastating that you may very well find yourself sobbing in the end. Reunited with her dying husband Ulysses in his dilapidated mobile home in Paonia, Colorado after leaving him some twenty years earlier, Emma is looking to reconnect. Referring to it as the “ass crack of the Rockies”, there is not a little irony as Ulysses makes his first appearance in nothing more than an apron and an oxygen tank that is helping him to stay alive. Read more.

Members of the cast of the Studio 58 production of Romeo + Juliet. Photo by David Cooper.

Members of the cast of the Studio 58 production of Romeo + Juliet. Photo by David Cooper.

From a steampunk inspired The Comedy of Errors to a Love’s Labour’s Lost set in the Jazz Age, Vancouver audiences have seen Shakespeare pushed and pulled into a variety of times and settings already this year. As the opener of its 50th season, Studio 58 continues that trend with a production of Romeo and Juliet, set inside Andy Warhol’s The Factory of 1965. Read more.

The Slamming Door Collective presents Ibsen's A Doll's House

The Slamming Door Collective presents Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Local audiences will have an opportunity to see Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, following a twenty year absence from the professional stage in Vancouver, with a new production set to play the Jericho Arts Centre in October. We caught up with Vancouver actor Genevieve Fleming, who will play Nora in the upcoming production, to find out what’s in it for a modern audience. Read more.

Landline: Vancouver to Kitchener is a theatrical experience like no other.

Landline: Vancouver to Kitchener is a theatrical experience like no other.

Have you ever spilled your secrets to a stranger? Boca Del Lupo’s latest piece of micro theatre explores moments of fleeting human connection in Landline: Vancouver to Kitchener. In a creaky room above a parking garage on Granville Island Boca Del Lupo has succeeded in creating a theatrical experience like no other.  With little more than a headset and the phone number of a stranger, you set out to ramble around the city guided only by the whispering voice on a recording. Read more.

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