The New Year brings with it a whole host of new live theatre offerings, including those with an LGBTQ! connection. Here is what is set to play on Vancouver stages in January and February 2011.
|My Name is Asher Lev
Through 26 February 2011
Pacific Theatre presents Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potock’s beloved novel My Name is Asher Lev. A poignant coming of age story where a young Hasidic Jewish prodigy must choose between his need to paint and his faith. Tickets are $16.50 – $29.50 available online or by calling 604.731.5518.
|August: Osage County
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
Now through 27 February 2011
For the Westons, one hot summer weekend changes everything forever. This is the funny and poignant account of a dysfunctional family in the midst of a spectacularly entertaining meltdown. Widely regarded as the first great classic of the 21st century, this is a not-to-be-missed theatrical event. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.
|Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
10 February – 12 March 2011
A late-night invitation for drinks at George and Martha’s descends into a boozy game of cat and mouse in this raw portrait of a marriage mired in regret and bitterness. A maelstrom of accusation and recrimination, this modern classic is cruelly funny and absolutely compelling. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.
Various Locations in Vancouver
10 – 27 February 2012
The Chutzpah! Festival is a dynamic multi-disciplinary performing arts festival featuring both established and emerging professional artists from across Canada and around the world. Visit http://chutzpahfestival.com for tickets and information.
|Death of a Salesman
12 February – 5 March 2011
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman made household names of both playwright Arthur Miller and the character Willy Loman. Willy Loman is the American everyman: the dreamer chasing unsuccessfully after greatness until he becomes consumed by the dream. He’s a tragedy on a small scale, made great by his embodiment of all our fears and failures. Visit http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.
|[title of show]
15 – 26 February 2011
Arts Club Revue Stage, Granville Island
[title of show] is an original musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Best friends, Hunter and Jeff decide to write a musical starring themselves and their wacky and sassy ladyfriends Heidi and Susan. [title of show] chronicles the inspiring and completely true story of how this little-musical-that-could went from the New York Musical Theatre Festival, to off-Broadway, then finally to the Great White Way. Tickets are $25 available online or by calling 604-629-VTIX (8849).
Jericho Arts Centre
17 February – 6 March 2011
An eerily dark black comedy about a writer, taken into police custody when a series of real-life killings start to resemble some of his stories. It’s clever, brash, hilarious and unsuitable for viewers under 16. Visit http://www.wildgeesecoop.com for tickets and information.
|The Sea Horse
19 February – 14 March 2011
Irresistible force meets immoveable object! On the coast of northern British Columbia, hard-bitten Gertie owns The Sea Horse, a run-down waterfront bar. Gertie has seen it all, liked none of it, and is bound and determined that no one will change her mind. Enter Harry, a seaman of limited means but unlimited dreams. Two forces of nature that attract and repel each other in equal measure drive this stormy romance filled with humour and drama. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tour and ticket information.
22 – 27 February 2011
Adam Rapp’s highly acclaimed play Nocturne begins as a former piano prodigy recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart. Directed by Sabrina Evertt, Twenty-Something Theatre’s Artistic Producer, Nocturne, is on stage at the Havana Theatre from February 22nd – 27th, 2011. Visit Tickets Tonight for tickets and information.
|The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Cultch Culture Lab
25 – 26 February 2011
Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2006, the play is set on the island of Inishmore in Ireland. When Mad Padraic’s cat, Wee Thomas is killed on a lonely road, no one is quite prepared for the Irish Liberation Army enforcer’s reaction. He loves his cat more than life itself and when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland, someone is going to pay. Tickets are $17 – $27 and are available at the door, on the VECC website at http://www.vecc.bc.ca or at 604-251-1363.
Previously in January & February:
4 – 19 February 2011
Set in gorgeous Cape Breton, in Marion Bridge we watch three sisters who couldn’t be more different from each other, not only cope with a dying mother, but also start to deal with who they have become themselves. Each in their own way search to sort out the loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life, while also dealing with each other, and not-so-forgotten family expectations. Tickets are $15 – $35. Advance tickets are available online.
3 – 19 February 2011
Charles Dickens’ tale of love, loyalty, and ambition follows the fortunes of a blacksmith’s apprentice made wealthy by a secret benefactor. Pip’s change in circumstance begins with an introduction to the eccentric Miss Havisham, mad guardian to a beautiful and icy girl for whom he develops an enduring and desperate love. Pip’s shocking discovery about the source of his good fortune and its tumultuous consequences is riveting entertainment. Visit http://www.gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.
|Comedy of Errors
Through 20 February 2011
Studio 58 presents a hilarious and raucous comedy of mistaken identity – one of Shakespeare’s all time favourites. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Tickets are $12 – $22 available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787.
|Vancouver Theatre Sports: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Improv Centre on Granville Island
Through 14 February 2011
Featuring both local and international talent, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre pits worldclass improv teams from across the continent against each other – resulting in some of the craziest, most hilarious improvised comedy ever seen. Follow your favourite team as they duel their way to the final match. Visit http://www.vtsl.com for tickets and information.
|High Flying Bird
Firehall Arts Centre
9 – 13 February 2011
Just in time for Black History Month, High Flying Bird is the story of a young girl of mixed race who tumbles back in time to the historic black community of Vancouver, where in losing herself, she comes face to face with her past and future. Visit http://www.firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.
|Ring Around the Moon
Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre
9 – 12 February 2011
The play follows two twins: Hugo, a scheming playboy, and his much gentler, kinder brother Frederic. Frederic is madly in love with Diana, the spoiled daughter of a self-made millionaire. Diana, however, is in love with Hugo. To ‘save’ his brother, and show him that Diana is not worthy of his affections, Hugo invites to a ball Isabelle, a lower-class dancer, whom he transforms into the belle of the ball. Hugo and Frederic, in a twist of theatricality, are played by the same actor, and all the ensuing plot twists and turns lead to a Cinderella-like ending. Visit http://www.capilanou.ca/exit22 for tickets and information.
|Double Double Foil and Fumble
The Dorothy Somerset Studio, UBC
9 – 12 February 2011
A joint production between UBC’s Theatre and Creative Writing faculties, the show follows the story of five university-aged friends as they get together to weave some magic; only none of them know what they’re doing, half of them don’t believe in magic, and some of them have ulterior motives. Add to that the gender-bending reality that every time a character exits and returns their gender changes, though the character and relationships stay the same. Tickets by donation. All proceeds to Pride UBC. Visit http://www.foilandfumble.webs.com for more information.
2 – 13 February 2011
Peter Panties is a radical re-imagining of the Peter Pan story and a ground-breaking examination of the creative process, an interrogation of what it means to grow up with difference, and a wildly imagined world where fairy tales, myth, pop culture and everyday life intertwine. Visithttp://www.theclutch.com for tickets and information.
|Here on the Flightpath
Through 12 February 2011
John Cummings, a screwed up divorced nerd, is a long time resident of the Canadian Aurora Terrace Apartments, which are a mile from downtown and on the flight path of a busy airport. The man’s social life is built around his buddies and the ever changing tenants, particularly the three unattached women who move into the apartment with the balcony adjoining his. Tickets are $18-$21 available by calling 604-266-7191 or at the door.
|PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Through 6 February 2011
The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe. Visit http://pushfestival.ca for tickets and information.
The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
1 – 5 February 2011
Avenue Q is the smash-hit Broadway musical about real life in New York City, as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent, Tony-winning book and score. Tickets are $48 – $73 available online.
Arts Club Revue Stage
Through 5 February 2011
A Welsh island makes a break from Britain, and reality, in this inventive adventure. In 1982, the island of Anglesey miraculously tears free, taking the bewildered residents on a journey that reaches as far as the Arctic Circle—but will they ever get home again? Do they even want to go back? Visithttp://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.
|Dead Man’s Cell Phone
20 – 29 January 2011
In a café one day, Jean becomes frustrated, irritated and then finally outraged as the phone of a man across the way trills insistently. He makes no move to answer, so she gingerly approaches, only to find that the man is not afflicted with rudeness but with a case of rigour mortis. Visithttp://www.theatre.ubc.ca for tickets and information.
8 January – 29 January 2011
This is a crisp, smart urban comedy about modern relationships in crisis and Vancouver playwright Melissa James Gibson received critical acclaim for its recent off-Broadway production. Jane is a promising poet without a muse and a single mother without lessons to pass along. Visithttp://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.
17 – 22 January 2011
Agokwe (pronounced “agoo-kway; meaning “wise woman” or “Two-Spirited”) explores unrequited love between teenaged boys from neighbouring reserves. Mike is a hockey player and Jake is a dancer. The boys notice each other at the Kenora Shoppers Mall and ultimately connect through a mutual love of movement while Mike is skating and Jake is dancing “like grass blowing in the wind.” Visithttp://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.
|Tuesdays With Morrie
11 – 21 January 2011
A constant on The New York Times Bestseller List, Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after his graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. For tickets call 604-990-3474 or visitwww.phtheatre.org.
Firehall Arts Centre
8 – 23 January 2011
Peter and Kari haven’t seen each other since the day Peter left twenty years ago… and now he’s come to get her back. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari are led, through their interactions with a host of characters all played by a virtuosic Narrator, to face the consequences of choices made long ago and start back into life with new found strength and bittersweet resolve. Tickets are $25 each available online or by calling 604.689.0926.
|White Christmas: The Musical
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
Through 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.
|Christmas on the Air
Through 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.orgfor tickets and information.