Fall is always a hotbed of activity in Vancouver’s arts community as we seek shelter from the inevitable rain. Our Vancouver fall arts preview includes the theatre, music and dance productions, including many with gay content, that we are most looking forward to over the next few months in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sep 5-15) kicks off the season with eleven days of just about every kind of theatre imaginable. LGBTQ shows this this year include 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Model Wanted, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, The Troll and Three Lesbians Gruff ,The Last Piece and Mac Attack.
A play within a play, United Players’ production of The Habit of Art (Sep 6-29) centres on a fictional meeting between W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten. Britten’s rumoured affection for young men is explored as a rent-boy he has hired gets mistaken for the duo’s biographer.
Dances for a Small Stage 29 (Sep 12-14) combines dance and pierogi with its move to the Ukrainian Centre. Included in the line-up is the premiere of a new work by gay Vancouver choreographer, teacher and performer Daelik of MACHiNENOiSY.
Ghost Light Projects opens an aggressive seven show season with the The Children’s Hour (Sep 19-28). Set in an all-girls boarding school, an angry student runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair.
The Arts Club begins its milestone 50th anniversary season with the Canadian premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s sizzling comedy of family secrets, Other Desert Cities (Sep 19-Oct 20)
Pacific Theatre opens its 30th season with the comedy The Foreigner (Sep 20-Oct 12). In an attempt to find some peace and quiet, Charlie pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t speak English during his stay at a rural fishing lodge; all is well until he finds out more than he should.
Rumble Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Penelope (Sep 25-Oct 13) that promises to be a “riveting, savage and wildly funny take on the classic Greek myth”. We’re just looking forward to seeing the boys in their swim trunks.
Shakespeare with fangs! Studio 58 presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sep 26-Oct 20) set in a rural farming village in the Carpathian mountains, circa 1900, whose woods are filled with vampire fairies, taunting and terrorizing all who wander there.
The zombies take over the streets of Vancouver as the Virtual Stage gets all interactive with the undead once again with The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island (Oct 1-Nov 30).
Ghost Light Projects teams up with Laughing Monkey Productions and Carpe Ictus Music to present the musical cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Oct 2-Nov 2), about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer.
Twenty Something Theatre presents Stephen Karam’s dark comedy Speech and Debate (Oct 3-12) that tells the story of three teenage misfits (the gay, the nerd and the frump) who discover they are linked by a sex scandal in their hometown of Salem, Oregon. They team up with Staircase XI by offering a double play pass that will get you into both Speech and Debate in October and Stewart Lemoine’s Cocktails at Pam’s (Nov 13-30) for a single discounted price.
The Arts Club gets all kinky on us with Venus in Fur (Oct 3-Nov 2) which sees the tables turned on the writer-director of a new play based on the 1870 novel that inspired the term masochism.
That sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania makes an appearance as Fighting Chance Productions presents The Rocky Horror Show (Oct 4-26). Leave the squirt guns at home, but rice and toast are welcome!
The Frank Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Vancouver playwright Jan Derbyshire’s new play All In (Oct 15-17). Inspired by the real-life stories of participants at the All the World’s A Stage workshop in May, the play explores themes of marginalization and belonging.
Men in tights! Ballet BC kicks off its season with Tilt (Oct 17-19) featuring two world premieres.
The Instant Theatre Company presents The Drive-in Double Feature (Oct 17-19), a Halloween double-bill that includes both a parody of the classic slasher films and a story of a pack of teenage super-sleuths hunting for ghosts and mystery. All we want to know though is if the Mystery Machine will make an appearance?
Playwright Daniel MacIvor puts down his queer quill to tackle Catholicism in Ruby Slippers Production of Communion (Oct 25-Nov 9).
Opera geeks get their fill as Vancouver Opera presents Puccini’s Tosca (Oct 26-Nov 3), a gritty drama of love, corruption and evil.
Click 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 was developed from the original MGM screenplay plus new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Arts Club’s Mary Poppins (Nov 7-Jan 5) probably doesn’t need another spoonful of sugar as this family-friendly musical blows into town.
Get ready to be SPANK’d as the Fifty Shades of Grey Parody (Nov 14-16) arrives in Vancouver, bringing all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life on stage (tie included).
Sarah McLachlan gets the Alberta Ballet treatment in Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Nov 14-16) in their ongoing portraits of living music icons.
Ghost Light Projects brings the groundbreaking Boys in the Band (Nov 21-30) back to Vancouver for a limited run at the Havana to celebrate the play’s 45th anniversary.
The Vancouver Symphony presents Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (Nov 23) performed live by the orchestra while featuring the visuals on the big screen of Burton’s original sketches and drawings from story boards. The only thing missing is Johnny Depp.
For those of you that are tired of the same old holiday fare comes the Canadian premiere of the Off-Broadway hit Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas (Dec 5-21) where a greedy family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma’s money.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents its annual A Traditional Christmas (Dec 12-22) with music and carols in seven different venues around the Lower Mainland.