This week on Vancouver stages: Mamet and new seasons

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Classic Chic Productions presents an all female cast in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross

While another production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross may not be surprising, the fact it is being done entirely by a cast of women may very well be to some. Following its success with an all-female version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale last summer, Classic Chic Productions is now tackling Mamet’s machismo-fueled story of real estate agents willing to do anything to unload questionable land. Rather than toying with the gender of such iconic roles as Ricky Roma and Shelly “The Machine” Levine though, this all woman cast tackles the story by playing them as intended, as men. Read more.

Grammy award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and iconic African singer Youssou N'Dour perform as part of the 2015/2016 Chan Centre season

Grammy award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and iconic African singer Youssou N’Dour perform as part of the 2015/2016 Chan Centre season

The Chan Centre announced another eclectic mix of concerts for its 2015/2016 season. From flamenco to American folk, from West African pop to Indian sitar music, the coming season’s schedule once again transcends genres. Read more.

The Studio 58 2015/2016 season is filled with world premieres

The Studio 58 2015/2016 season is filled with world premieres

Vancouver’s Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College, celebrates fifty years with a season of world premieres. Read more.

Gili Roskies and Matthew MacDonald-Bain in the 2014 production of Julie McIsaac's The Out Vigil. Photo by David Cooper.

Gili Roskies and Matthew MacDonald-Bain in the 2014 production of Julie McIsaac’s The Out Vigil. Photo by David Cooper.

The Firehall Arts Centre 2015/2016 season may be another eclectic mix, but it is its focus on female playwrights that makes it standout. Now in its 33rd season, the upcoming Firehall season features six of its twelve theatrical works written by female playwrights. Of that six, four are premieres by Canadian writers including Meghan Gardiner’s new musical Love Bomb, Julie McIsaac’s modern maritime fable The Out Vigil, Tricia Cooper’s middle-class comedy Social Studies, and Jordan Hall’s romantic comedy How to Survive an Apocalypse. Read more.

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