Our (gay) guide to November’s arts scene in Vancouver

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The weather outside may be getting cooler but Vancouver stages are on fire this November.  Here’s what we’re most looking forward to this month in theatre, music and dance.


Ryan Alexander McDonald in the Ghost Light Projects production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Photo by Graham Spence Photography & Fine Art. There are only a couple more opportunities to see this powerful show! Ghost Light Projects teams up with Laughing Monkey Productions and Carpe Ictus Music to present the musical cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch, about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer (closes Nov 2).

gayflagRaving Theatre opens its tenth season with My Big Gay Italian Wedding, a hilarious high-energy comedy that has been keeping Off-Broadway audiences in stitches for more than ten years. (closes Nov 3).

Presentation House puts a new spin on the much-loved story of Jack and the Beanstalk in this family-friendly show (1-10 Nov).

Western Gold Theatre presents Alan Ayckbourn’s smart and saucy farce Relatively Speaking which follows a pair of couples who find themselves navigating a tangled web of mistaken identity, misunderstanding, and adultery on a sunny Sunday afternoon (closes Dec 1).

Sassy and sexy but also very smart, The Arts Club gets all kinky with Venus in Fur which sees the tables turned by the writer-director of a new play based on the 1870 novel that inspired the term masochism (closes Nov 2).

The Firehall Arts Centre presents the world premiere of a new Canadian play that illuminates the impact of Gulf War Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on returning veterans and their families in People Like Us (2-16 Nov).

Metro Theatre continues its season with another Ken Ludwig penned comedy.  The Tony nominated Moon Over Buffalo centers on  George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s, who on the brink of a disastrous split-up  receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom (2-30 Nov).

Halloween doesn’t have to be over.  For those that want to extend their scares into November, the Ninja Pirates Theatre Company presents Victor Gialanella’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (closes Nov 3).

Opera geeks get their fill as Vancouver Opera presents Puccini’s Tosca, a gritty drama of love, corruption and evil (closes Nov 3).

gayflagClick those ruby slippers together as we’re off to see the Wizard in a brand new adaptation of the all-time classic The Wizard of Oz.  Totally re-conceived for the stage, this new production doesn’t shy away from embracing its gay side either (5-10 Nov).

It'll be a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious November Mary Poppins flies in for a visit with the Banks' family in this fun-for-all ages musical comedyIt’ll be a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious November as Mary Poppins flies in for a visit with the Banks’ family in this fun-for-all ages musical comedy  (7 Nov – 5 Jan).

Playwright Daniel MacIvor puts down his queer quill to tackle Catholicism in the Ruby Slippers Production of Communion (closes Nov 9).

Studio 58 presents 4Play: New Work by Excited Writers, its annual festival of one-act plays featuring original work by its students (13-24 Nov).

Staircase Theatre Equity Collective presents Stewart Lemoine’s Cocktails at Pam’s, a real-time cocktail party gone horribly wrong (13-30 Nov).

We suspect it won’t really matter whether or not you’ve actually read the E.L. James novel before taking in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, the new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life (14-16 Nov).

Sarah McLachlan gets the Alberta Ballet treatment in Fumbling Towards Ecstasy in their ongoing portraits of living music icons (14-16 Nov).

gayflag The 2013 Vancouver Short Film Festival features Jason Karman’s timeless gay Christmas film Kimchi Fried Dumplings as part of its line-up this year. (15-16 Nov).

Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre team-up to present the world premiere of Except in the Unlikely Event of War, a darkly comic exploration of art, politics, war, and the messy areas where they become indistinguishable (15-30 Nov).

Inspired by true stories in Cold War Germany in which West German secretaries were targeted and psychologically profiled to determine their “perfect man”, Touchstone Theatre presents The Romeo Initiative (14-24 Nov).

Yogurt Theatre presents The Woman in Black, a hybrid theatrical experience that combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir (closes Nov 16).

The Chan Centre presents an uplifting and spirited evening with Rokia Traoré, a Malian singer-songwriter and human rights champion whointerweaves blues, rock, and pop with traditional African instruments and sounds (17 Nov).

Vancouver’s contemporary dance scene takes centre stage as The Dance Centre presents Dance In Vancouver with eight companies performing excerpts of new works and recent hits in four mixed programs (20-23 Nov) .

gayflagGhost Light Projects brings the groundbreaking Boys in the Band back to Vancouver for a limited run at the Havana to celebrate the play’s 45th anniversary (21-30 Nov).

The stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries returns to the Arts Club’s Revue Stage (21 Nov-21 Dec).

Genus Theatre celebrates their ten-year anniversary with the announcement of their latest production, a wildly inventive tribute to the beloved 1984 film.Who you gonna call?  There’s no green screen here as Genus Theatre celebrates its tenth anniversary with a tribute to the 1984 supernatural comedy with Waiting for Ghostbusters (21-30 Nov).

Cool Beans sounds like it was made for Vancouver audiences. The latest work from Anton Lipovetsky, it is described as a romantic musical comedy involving identity crises, hipsters, wannabes and a coffee shop (21 Nov – 1 Dec).

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents  Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton. This unique concert features Elfman’s film scores performed live by the VSO and accompanied by visuals of Burton’s original film sketches and drawings (23 Nov).

gayflagThe 29th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival returns with an exciting roster.  This year author John Schwarz reads from his book Oddly Normal, about the challenges in raising their gay child and queer author Karen X.Tulchinsky presents her new novel The Shoemaker’s Daughter  (23-28 Nov).

Carousel Theatre for Young People and Axis Theatre presents Lightwire Theater’s new take on a pair of classic tales with The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare. (24 Nov – 1 Dec).

The Arts Club’s classic It’s Snowing on Saltspring makes a return engagement to celebrate the theatre company’s fiftieth season (28 Nov – 28 Dec).

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