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

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A love story that is not your typical love story, a play inspired by U.S. government initiatives, a flea circus, a wedding, plus an intellectual workout are all on tap this week in our weekly arts round-up from Vancouver Presents.

While the musical Once has all the hallmarks of a beautiful love story, it is much more than that. Once is a story about love. On its surface, Once is a typical love story between a guy and a girl, but you don’t have to dig very far into Enda Walsh’s wonderful book and in the equally beautiful music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová to find more than that. The love of family and even culture find themselves wrapped inside our sometimes inexplicable human desire and need for music.

While the musical Once has all the hallmarks of a beautiful love story, it is much more than that. Once is a story about love. On its surface, Once is a typical love story between a guy and a girl, but you don’t have to dig very far into Enda Walsh’s wonderful book and in the equally beautiful music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová to find more than that. The love of family and even culture find themselves wrapped inside our sometimes inexplicable human desire and need for music. Read more.

Set in a not so distant future, The North Plan, the latest from Upintheair Theatre, follows a shady military faction that have taken over the American government, forcing an unlikely band of heroes to work together to expose the new regime. Inspired by real-life U.S. government initiatives, the play asks how far we should go when the world gets dark? Read more.

Set in a not so distant future, The North Plan, the latest from Upintheair Theatre, follows a shady military faction that have taken over the American government, forcing an unlikely band of heroes to work together to expose the new regime. Inspired by real-life U.S. government initiatives, the play asks how far we should go when the world gets dark? Read more.

Don’t let its title fool you, the upcoming production of FLEE really does have everything to do with Pulex irritans, the tiny human blood suckers that have all but been eliminated in the industrialised world. Read more.

Don’t let its title fool you, the upcoming production of FLEE really does have everything to do with Pulex irritans, the tiny human blood suckers that have all but been eliminated in the industrialised world. Read more.

Playwright Aaron Bushkowsky tries to cover a lot of ground in his new dark comedy Dressing for a Wedding. As the base for its story, mother Carolyn is planning her daughter Dee-Dee’s wedding. Gathered for the wedding rehearsal, we quickly discover that the day is more about Carolyn than it is about her daughter. As Carolyn fusses, her daughter makes it clear that she would rather be married in the forest, with the reception consisting of a doobie on the beach. Read more.

Playwright Aaron Bushkowsky tries to cover a lot of ground in his new dark comedy Dressing for a Wedding. As the base for its story, mother Carolyn is planning her daughter Dee-Dee’s wedding. Gathered for the wedding rehearsal, we quickly discover that the day is more about Carolyn than it is about her daughter. As Carolyn fusses, her daughter makes it clear that she would rather be married in the forest, with the reception consisting of a doobie on the beach. Read more.

Rapture, Blister, Burn is a romcom for the Mensa set. Even while that characterization might seem a bit slight for this heady exploration of feminism and the pursuit of happiness, it has many of the hallmarks of the genre. Minus the happily ever after. Read more.

Rapture, Blister, Burn is a romcom for the Mensa set. Even while that characterization might seem a bit slight for this heady exploration of feminism and the pursuit of happiness, it has many of the hallmarks of the genre. Minus the happily ever after. Read more.

The Arts Club Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story: The Musical until December 27 at the Stanley Theatre. Photo by David Cooper.

The Arts Club’s production of A Christmas Story: The Musical is like a great big holiday feast, bursting with scrumptious goodness. Read more.

Ballagpipe. Grumpet. Saxcycle. Glube. They may sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but in reality they are four of the instruments created by Vancouver musician Paul Snider for the upcoming production of The Music of Junk! Read more.

Ballagpipe. Grumpet. Saxcycle. Glube. They may sound like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but in reality they are four of the instruments created by Vancouver musician Paul Snider for the upcoming production of The Music of Junk! Read more.

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