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

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Patrick Pevehouse (center) plays Lumiere in the touring production of Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Ryan Everett Wood and Patrick Pevehouse are living their dreams as the Beast and Lumiere in the touring production of the stage musical Beauty and the Beast, set to arrive in Vancouver in February (photo above by Matthew Murphy). Read more.

Anita Majumdar explores cultural identity in The Fish Eyes Trilogy

Anita Majumdar explores cultural identity in The Fish Eyes Trilogy

For many kids, the high school experience can be brutal, but for kids of a visible minority it can be even more so. In Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy (Part 1) that experience is brought to life in a wonderful mix of storytelling and dance that will have you appreciating that for all its warts, there is a reason to celebrate a country that wraps itself in its multicultural fabric. Read more.

Erin Mudry plays Chell in Geekenders production of Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical

Erin Mudry plays Chell in Geekenders production of Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical

On January 15 a photo of the poster for Geekenders’ original show, Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical, was uploaded to reddit. It has since garnered over 4,000 views and commented on 1,285 times. On imgur, the show poster has received over a million views. With its online exposure and with people now purportedly flying in from all over the world for opening night, it is a made-in-Vancouver show that has grown into something bigger than anything the creators ever thought possible. Read more.

Members of the cast of This Stays in the Room.

Members of the cast of This Stays in the Room.

One can’t help but see a tiny bit of irony as the award-winning play This Stays in the Room moves from the Downtown Eastside art gallery in which it was originally staged, to a more traditional theatre space on Granville Island. But don’t let its move to a different room fool you, this “unique and moving experience” isn’t straying far from its intimate roots. Read more.

Matt Kennedy as Pentheus. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Matt Kennedy as Pentheus. Photo by Tim Matheson.

There are so many layers to Charles Mee’s The Bacchae 2.1 that it would be easy for anyone not familiar with the story of Euripides’ tragedy on which it is based to become lost in its dense language and wildly heady trip. Read more.

Rob Drummond performs in Bullet Catch. Photo by Megan Verhey.

Rob Drummond performs in Bullet Catch. Photo by Megan Verhey.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but when you’ve seen a helicopter disappear on stage before your very eyes it puts most magic tricks that come after to shame. That isn’t to say there isn’t an appetite for smaller illusions, but for them to really have an impact they need to be done with skill and not a little showmanship. Read more.

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