This week on Vancouver stages: a musical returns, film noir jumps off the screen and conspiracies abound

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Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical

The Indie-rock musical Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical returns to the Vancouver stage in a remount at The Cultch. Telling the story of six young office workers at a floundering advertising company, the musical features a cast of actor-musicians who, under the real and metaphorical fluorescents of life, dream of bigger and better things. Featuring a diverse score from Mishelle Cuttler, book writer and lyricist Christine Quintana has created a musical that continues to resonate with a new generation of theatre-goer. Read more.

Emma Slipp and Graham Percy in Farewell, My Lovely. Photo by Benjamin Laird.

Emma Slipp and Graham Percy in Farewell, My Lovely. Photo by Benjamin Laird.

Farewell, My Lovely, published in 1940, was Raymond Chandler’s second novel to feature his private detective Phillip Marlowe.It was subsequently adapted into three movies, most notably with Robert Mitchum in 1975. More recently, award-winning Vancouver writer Aaron Bushkowsky secured the rights to adapt the novel for the stage. Read more.

We Oughta Know is the debut book from Vancouver writer Andrea Warner

We Oughta Know is the debut book from Vancouver writer Andrea Warner

Vancouver author and music journalist Andrea Warner uses the music of four of Canada’s most well-known female artists – Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, and Céline Dion – as the basis for her debut book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the ’90s and Changed Canadian MusicRead more.

Milton Lim as The Host in the Theatre Conspiracy production of Foreign Radical

Milton Lim as The Host in the Theatre Conspiracy production of Foreign Radical

I must admit to being just a tiny bit wary as I sat down to do some research on Foreign Radical, the latest show from the aptly named Theatre Conspiracy. As I Googled some of the elements that are presented in the play, including the U.S. government’s “Watchlisting Guidance” that is at the center of the piece, I had this odd feeling that some NSA operative in the heart of Mormon country had just flagged my searches. Then the real paranoia kicked-in as I began to wonder how trouble-free my next border crossing into the USA just might be. Read more.

Evan Frayne as C.S. Lewis and Ron Reed as Sigmund Freud in the Pacific Theatre production of Freud's Last Session. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Evan Frayne as C.S. Lewis and Ron Reed as Sigmund Freud in the Pacific Theatre production of Freud’s Last Session. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Ron Reed laughed at the suggestion he is obsessed by writer C.S. Lewis, but when you consider he played him in a production of Shadowlands ten years ago, adapted The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the stage in 2009, brought The Great Divorce to Pacific Theatre in 2011, and is currently writing his own play that will feature the writer, it does check all the boxes. For Reed though, who is artistic director at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, his fascination with the novelist started innocently enough. Read more

The Comedy of Errors goes steampunk as part of the 2015 Bard on the Beach season. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

The Comedy of Errors goes steampunk as part of the 2015 Bard on the Beach season. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival begins its 26th season in Vanier Park this June with a Victorian steampunk version of The Comedy of Errors. Directed by Bard Artistic Associate Scott Bellis, The Comedy of Errors is joined on the mainstage by the tragedy King Lear, in collaboration with Theatre Calgary. Read more.

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