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

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Andrew McNee stars in the Arts Club production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Photo by David Cooper.

That noise you heard coming from South Granville the other night? That was the collective laughter of the audience at opening night of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Read more.

Mack Gordon and Kaitlin Williams are one of four real-life theatre couples to take on the roles in the Staircase Theatre production of Love Letters

Mack Gordon and Kaitlin Williams are one of four real-life theatre couples to take on the roles in the Staircase Theatre production of Love Letters

Forget the chocolates and flowers, Staircase Theatre wants to entice you with something a little different this Valentine’s Day, a production of AR Gurney’s Love Letters. Read more.

The cast of The Goodnight Bird. Photo by David Cooper.

The cast of The Goodnight Bird. Photo by David Cooper.

West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre, traditionally a venue for touring productions since it opened in 2004, is branching out to produce its own shows. In its initial offering they have partnered with Montreal’s Centaur Theatre Company and have brought that company’s Artistic Director and ex-Vancouverite Roy Surette in to direct Colleen Murphy’s The Goodnight Bird, a funny, touching and somewhat predictable dramatic comedy. Read more.

Vancouver Stage Manager Lois Dawson has a passion for baking. Photo by Laena Brown.

Vancouver Stage Manager Lois Dawson has a passion for baking. Photo by Laena Brown.

The first in our new series from Vancouver theatre artist Kaitlin Williams in which she will explore the creative talent of the actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and directors in our city when they step off stage to play. Lois Dawson grew up in Vernon, BC and moved to the Lower Mainland a little over ten years ago to study communications with plans to go into marketing and PR for the music industry – plans that were derailed by her love of theatre. When she’s not busy working or baking she mentors emerging stage managers through Rumble and The Cultch and serves on the board of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Read more.

Cameron Bond as Gaston and members of the cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Cameron Bond as Gaston and members of the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

One suspects that whether you were to see a production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast in Vancouver, Manila or even a Disney cruise ship, you’d be hard pressed to distinguish between them. Sure the actors may be different, but the guts of the show seem so over-prescribed at times that it becomes so homogeneous, seeming to suck the life from this family-friendly musical. Read more.

#FridayFive: Terri Lyne Carrington and Cécile McLorin Salvant

#FridayFive: Terri Lyne Carrington and Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Chan Centre presents an evening of jazz and cross-genre musical exploration with a double bill featuring Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Here are five reasons we think you should go. Read more.

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