Our weekly roundup of shows currently on Vancouver stages courtesy of Vancouver Presents.
From taking the piss out of the art of making theatre (“You can’t tell actors they are perfect – it gives them hope”) to coming to terms with his mom dying from cancer (“I don’t know what she wants”), playwright David Hudgins’ very personal Small Parts (photo above until Nov 23) attempts to cover a lot of ground in this new piece from Vancouver’s Solo Collective Theatre (photo above). Read more.
Want to see the next generation of Vancouver stars? You only have to look as far as the Studio 58 production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (until Nov 30). Read more.
Broken Sex Doll (until Nov 22) is impossible to categorize and difficult to describe. It’s a smutty sex romp, but also an endearing love story. It’s a sci-fi adventure complete with robots and lasers, but it’s also a farcical comedy with a dude in drag and lady bits with crackly fireworks. It draws on eighties rock operas mixed with circus and a dash of interpretive dance. Whatever it is, your abs will ache from the fun of it. Read more.
In true Mamet style, Speed-the-Plow (until Nov 20) sees the male ego, Hollywood, and the ugliness of the American dream laid bare and skewered in a sparse 80 minutes. Mitch and Murray Productions’ version takes Mamet’s words and builds a show that is a finely wrought treat of contemporary theatre. Read more.
Itai Erdal is an accomplished and award winning lighting designer. He originally wanted to be a documentary filmmaker, but life sometimes surprises you and you don’t always get what you want. As his mother remarks: “There is harsh reality and not so harsh reality.“ Erdal’s mother appears in a film he started to make when she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He returned home to Israel to help out in ways he could not have foreseen. How To Disappear Completely (until Nov 22) is the story of that trip home. Read more.
As P3, or should I say Pee3, partnerships go, the one in Urinetown The Musical (until Nov 29) is about as crappy as this musical’s title. But don’t let my sophomoric attempt at a joke, or the play’s unfortunate name fool you, this satire set to music is sharp, funny and maybe even a tiny bit prophetic. Read more.
Ins Choi, the playwright behind Kim’s Convenience seen in Vancouver earlier this year, brings his one-man show Subway Stations of the Cross (Nov 19-23) to Pacific Theatre. Read more.
Cards Against Humanity. If you know what it is, then you’re probably a horrible person. No really. It says so on the box. The Improv Against Humanity 2nd anniversary show (Nov 19) takes place at the Rio Theatre. Read more.