Always a sure sign of summer in Vancouver, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is set to unshutter the open-air stage at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl for its annual offering of family-friendly Broadway musicals. This year, TUTS presents two shows with big heart from opposites sides of the Atlantic. First up is the effervescent Hairspray, with its story of racial tolerance in Baltimore, and the second is Oliver!, the story of the young orphan caught up in a grand adventure through the underbelly of Victorian London. Read more.
Richard Sheridan’s The School for Scandal would be an ambitious production unto itself. In adapting the 1777 social satire about our collective love for gossip and rumour to appeal to a modern Vancouver audience though, The School for Scandal of Vancouver feels at times like there are two plays competing with each other. Read more.
This has not been a good year for Shakespeare’s comedies at Bard on the Beach. Like its mainstage counterpart that attempts to out-do Shakespeare, its production of Love’s Labour’s Lost gets lost inside a jukebox musical that obscures, rather than enhances its story. Read more.
Clocking in at over three hours, King Lear is not for the faint-of-heart. In the current Bard on the Beach and Theatre Calgary co-production though, thanks to a masterful performance and a laser focus on story, it is as powerful as anything you will ever see. Read more.
There is a reason that even after forty-plus years, Godspell endures. Not only does it benefit from its source material, it is one of those rare musicals that insists on being reinvented for audiences of the day. In the Arts Club Theatre Company production, director Sara-Jeanne Hosie reinvigorates Godspell, successfully making its central message that much more powerful and relevant. Read more.