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

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The case for traditions: a madhouse and some showgirls

The holidays are usually a time of tradition. For many, that means a trip to see the Alberta or Goh Ballet productions of The Nutcracker. For others it means a night with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at their Traditional Christmas concert. For my partner and I though, it is an opportunity to escape the Christmas rush at home, take what we think is a well-deserved break from covering the local arts scene, and exchange it for another type of rush: our annual pilgrimage to Sin City. Read more.

 This week on Vancouver stages: last chances

This week on Vancouver stages: last chances

As the holiday season quickly comes to a close so do the holiday shows. Here are a three that are only around for the next few days, but well worth catching if you can. Read more.

Kayak plays the Firehall Arts Centre in January. Photo by Chena San Martin.

Kayak plays the Firehall Arts Centre in January. Photo by Chena San Martin.

Jordan Hall’s critically acclaimed Kayak, named one of our best productions in 2013, returns to Vancouver in a new co-production between Alley Theatre and the Firehall.  And while its cautionary tale focusing on the potentially catastrophic consequences of global warming may be reason enough to write, it was actually Hall’s disappointment in the re-election of Stephen Harper in 2008 that was its real impetus. Read more.

Leanna Brodie, Gerard Plunkett, Adam Henderson and Lee Van Paassen in the Blackbird Theatre production of All That Fall. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Leanna Brodie, Gerard Plunkett, Adam Henderson and Lee Van Paassen in the Blackbird Theatre production of All That Fall. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Blackbird Theatre specializes in classic theatrical works by such masters as Ibsen, Chekov, Moliere, and Albee – often with astonishing results. Their latest offering, Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall is equally astonishing, but provides some challenges.. Read more.

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