With the holiday season quickly approaching you can expect some seasonal treats along with a wide variety of other shows, including those with an LGBTQ! connection, to play on Vancouver stages in November and December 2010.
|It’s A Wonderful Life
Arts Club, Granville Island Stage
18 November 2010 – 2 January 2011
Returning for a fourth year by popular demand, It’s a Wonderful Life’s magical story and charming warmth remain, but new faces have joined the cast to bring this holiday heart-warmer to life. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.
|Off White Christmas
The Improv Centre, Granville Island
18-27 November & 30 November – 23 December
The Vancouver TheatreSports League is proud to present the funniest holiday show this season! Off-White Christmas takes a humorous, alternative look at Christmas that turns the snowy-white holiday on its head (hence “off-white”). Grab drinks, sit back, and prepare to laugh as the improv players explore Christmastime cultural phenomena and stereotypes. Visit http://www.vtsl.com for tickets and information.
|The Patron Saint of Stanley Park
Arts Club Revue Stage, Granville Island
25 November – 26 December 2010
On a wild and stormy Christmas Eve, a mysterious vagabond rescues two fatherless children and takes them to a fantastical world beneath Stanley Park’s Prospect Point. During the course of the magical night, the children will experience wondrous visions — visions which may help them understand the truth about their father, their mysterious saviour, and the healing power of love. Tickets are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.
|Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter
27 November – 23 December 2010
Switching seamlessly between theatre and film using a combination, we take you back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. The lives and loves of three couples are played out in the famous station tearoom using the words and songs of Noël Coward to create a breathtaking, delightfully funny and tear-inducing show. Tickets are $32 – $59 available online or by calling 604-873-3311.
|White Christmas: The Musical
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
4 December 2010 – 2 January 2011
Return to the musical you’ve been dreaming of. Make your days merry and bright by warming to this unforgettable musical about love and friendship. Based on the classic holiday film, this tap-dancing delight brims with tunes—including “Sisters,” and the ever-popular “White Christmas”—that will fill you with the joy of the season. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.
Richmond Gateway Theatre
9 – 31 December 2010
A favourite of kids, parents, dog lovers and optimists, Annie is the delightfully heart-warming story of a Depression–era orphan who finds happiness with a grouchy millionaire. Adorable orphans, a loveable stray, lots of great singing and dancing, and a happy ending for everyone—who could ask for more? Tickets are available online or by calling 604-270-1812.
|Christmas on the Air
9 December 2010 – 1 January 2011
Journey back to the days when radio was king, as Yolanda and Percival B. Frank present their annual Christmas show before a live studio audience. On-air magic and off-stage romance combine for a show as comfy as a cup of mulled cider and a plate of sugar cookies. Comedy, music and good cheer from the author of Cariboo Magi, Chickens, Holy Mo and Espresso. Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.
Previously in November & December:
|Sub Plots the Musical
Roundhouse Community Centre
15 – 18 December 2010
The 21st production from the ever hilarious Broadway Chorus presents the story of a Love Sub (the world’s first and finest luxury sub cruise experience) filled with passengers eager for romance, and certain to find it in the most unlikely of places. We can’t guarantee a happy ending for every romance, but we promise a lot of music and madness along the way. Visit http://onceupon.org/sub/for tickets and information.
|8 Reindeer Monologues
16-18 December 2010
Are you looking to do something different at holiday time this year? Treat yourself to Santa’s reindeer dishing out the real stuff about ol’ St. Nick. Want to know the truth about him and the elves? About Rudolph’s little secret? About Vixen’s story that was leaked to the press? The reindeer finally speak, and they are not holding back! Adult themes. Tickets $15 in advance online or at the door.
|Sensation of Magic
7 – 12 December 2010
Through the arts and crafts of illusion, Vitaly Beckman creates a performance brimming with bewilderment and wonder. Sensation of Magic is seventy minutes of jaw-dropping, mind-bending magic. Tix: $22 (advance)/$25 (door). 604.251.1363, or online at http://tickets.TheCultch.com.
17 November – 11 December 2010
Boasting a chilling and innovative approach to one of the world’s greatest this emerging director draws from classical and modern influences to create something new for today’s audiences. Featuring some of Vancouver’s most interesting theatrical players, “HAMLET” will shake you to your core, leaving you with the eternal question: To be or not to be? Tickets are $15 available at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787.
|The Secret in the Wings
Studio 58, Langara College
18 November – 5 December 2010
A captivating and quirky contemporary look at rarely told fairy tales including the princess who wouldn’t laugh, 3 blind queens and the snake girl who refused to die, all framed by a unique take on the beloved classic, Beauty and the Beast. The Secret in the Wings sublimely intertwines archetypal tales creating a hypnotic voyage to unexpected lands where the impossible is probable and nothing is safe. This riveting work probes the magic and menace of stories that will delight and enlighten. Tickets are $12 – $22 available online or by calling 604.684.2787.
|The Fastest Clock in the Universe
19 & 20, 24-28 November and 1-4 December 2010
Just like every year self-absorbed Cougar Glass is about to celebrate his 19th birthday. His flat mate and sometimes skivvy, Captain Tock, is getting everything ready for the party. Each task is meticulously completed all to adhere to Cougar’s standard of eternal youth. Part of the ritual also includes Cougar manipulating and seducing a young boy. However, this year the tables are turned when the target, Foxtrot Darling, drops a bomb. Tickets are available at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787.
|Jade in the Coal
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
24 November – 5 December 2010
In 1900, the brutal hardship and homesickness of Chinese coal miners in Cumberland, BC is relieved by the arrival of a touring Cantonese Opera troupe. As the actors rehearse, the mine’s ghosts begin to stir. Professional Canadian theatre artists and world class Cantonese opera performers from China and Singapore collaborate in this original play by award-winning writer/historian Paul Yee. Visit www.JADEintheCOAL.com for tickets and information.
Now through 4 December 2010
Jack, a well known writer of mysteries, and his wife Susie were drowned in a boating accident. They are haunting their cottage in England, which they left to Susie’s Australian niece, and have driven off all possible renters. Tickets are $18 – $21 are available to calling 604-266-7191 or at the door. VIsit http://www.metrotheatre.org for more information.
Studio 700, CBC
25 – 27 November 2010
APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert begins it’s 2010-2011 season of rare, shelved, and forgotten musical theatre gems with incredibly great news – the rarely performed 1927 musical Good News which is a high spirited musical set in the roaring twenties. Tickets are $15-$25 available online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone 1.800.838.3006.
|This Is Our Youth
24 – 28 November 2010
This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan’s lacerating look at affluent youth, young Manhattanites of the 1980s opens on November 24th in Studio 16. Tickets are $20 available at the door.
The Performing Arts Theatre of Capilano University, North Vancouver
18 – 27 November 2010
Exit 22, the production company of Capilano University’s Theatre Program, presents J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story of danger and adventure: The Hobbit. A new adaptation by Kim Selody, The Hobbit is directed by Stuart Aikins and features an original musical score by Kevin Michael Cripps. Nov 18-27, 8 pm plus weekend matinees. Tix: $20/$14/$8. Tix/info: 604.990.7810 or www.capilanou.ca/exit22.
Presentation House, North Vancouver
17 – 28 November 2010
A heart-wrenching story of love and compassion about Father Damien de Veuster who lived among the lepers on Molokai Island. The play confronts his challenges of self-doubt and undying compassion towards what he originally describes as a dumping place for human beings. Tickets are $24-28 in advance and can be purchased by calling 604-990-3474 or going to www.phtheatre.org. Nov 16 preview is $12 and Nov 20 4pm show is PWYC.
Gateway Theatre, Richmond
10 – 27 November 2010
Alice is unhappy and Henry’s unfulfilled, so they decide to try and revive their relationship, starting with a weekend in a swanky hotel room and a copy of self-help book “Sex for Dummies”. Far from a sensationalist romp, the play takes an honest, funny and sometimes painful look at marriage and the small grievances that add up to a less-than-healthy whole. Tickets are $18 – $30 available online or by calling 604-270-1812.
Us and Them (the inquiry)
Vancouver’s award‐winning Headlines Theatre presents their latest project, Us and Them (the inquiry)—a fun, moving, and gutsy exploration of how we understand ourselves and how we create divisions between us and ‘others’. Admission is by donation and reservations at 604.871.0508 or at firstname.lastname@example.org are recommended due to the limited space available.
5 – 27 November 2010
New Years Eve, 1989. Two South Africans, a black security guard and a white soldier, meet at a travelling amusement park. A powerful exploration of guilt and damnation, truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. Tickets are available online or by calling 604.731.5518.
|The 39 Steps
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
Now through 21 November 2010
A seductive mystery woman, an accusation of murder, a missing finger, and a mad dash to foil foreign spies! Four gifted actors play over 150 zany characters in this Monty Python-flavoured Hitchcock spoof that just might give you vertigo! Tickets are available online or by calling 604.687.1644.
|The Madonna Painter
TELUS Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
11 – 20 November 2010
The year is 1918. A handsome young priest arrives in a small Quebec town with news that soldiers returning from WWI are spreading the Spanish flu. To avert the epidemic he commissions an itinerant Italian artist to paint a triptych of the Madonna, a talisman which he is convinced will ward off the plague. The painter insists on using local girls as models, and four young women—all named Mary—vie for the honour. Tickets are available by calling 604.822.2678 or online.
|The Sound of Music
Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby
5 – 20 November 2010
It’s one of the best-loved musicals of all time: the tale of strict Captain von Trapp, his seven children, and the rebellious, warm-hearted young woman who changes their lives, all set against the backdrop of 1930s Austria and the looming shadow of the Second World War. Tickets available from Tickets Tonight.
|I R L (In Real Life)
10 – 13 November 2010
When the four characters in “i r l (in real life)” arrive in Los Angeles for a convention of their favorite online game they are thinking of more than just swords and dragons: longtime friends online, they’ve decided to use this convention as an excuse to meet for the first time “in real life.” What they find at the convention hall is sometimes more and sometimes less than what they’d hoped, and they all must struggle to come to grips with the differences between their idealized online personas and their more complicated real-life selves. Tickets are $15 at the door (cash only). Visit http://www.shadowsanddreams.org for more information.
Presentation House, North Vancouver
9 – 13 November 2010
Presentation House Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre present Brooke Johnson’s Trudeau Stories. This charming one-woman show chronicles her 15-year friendship with Canada’s most beloved Prime Minister. November 9-13, 8 pm. Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver). Tix: $24-28. Info/tix: 604.990.3474 or www.phtheatre.org.
4- 14 November 2010
Performance Works, Granville Island
Two stories, two times… about love and betrayal. Adam Underwood’s hilarious blind-date between two unlikely lovers in a modern-day upscale diner is contrasted by Amiel Gladstone’s surreal tale of two women from Sartre’s No Exit wrapped by the circumstances of World War II and their love for each other. Tickets available online.
|What About LUV?
4 – 13 November 2010
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Harry, despondent and depressed, is about to end it all by jumping off a bridge; but his old school buddy Milt (who also happens to be at the bridge that night – to kill his wife, Ellen) coaxes him off the ledge. When neurotic Harry and brainy Ellen fall in love, allowing Milt to run off with the girl from the office, it looks like everything will turn out rosy. But one year later, Ellen no longer loves Harry, Milt wants his wife back, and together they plot Harry’s demise on the same bridge where they’d saved his life. Two men, one woman, a Bridge, a very damp fur coat, neuroses, intrigue, passion, jealousy and a used paper bag all add up to one hilarious musical. Tickets are available online.
Now through 13 November 2010
The Good Company Equity Co-Op presents this intimate portrait of a mother-and-daughter relationship, set in an intense, edge-of-your-seat drama. Tickets are $15/20, available at BizBooks.net or 604-365-9445. Visit www.thegoodcompanycollective.com for more information.
|Dr. Egg and the Man with No Ear
Now through 6 November 2010
Through a distinctive combination of puppetry, stop motion animation, original music and physical performance, this exquisite production playfully explores the moral and ethical dilemmas society faces as new developments are made in science, technology and medicine. Tickets are available online or by calling 604-251-1363.