On stage in March & April

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Vancouver’s 2011 theatre season is in full swing, including shows with an LGBTQ! connection.  Here is what is set to play on Vancouver stages in March and April 2011.

Are we missing a show?  Send us the details and we’ll get you listed!  Do you have an LGBTQ! connection – let us know and we’ll even consider a featured preview!

42nd Street 42nd Street Review
Metro Theatre
2 – 30 April 2011

Based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley movie musical, 42nd STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who comes to audition for the new Julian Marsh directed musical about to open on Broadway. While she can’t seem to stay in the good graces of the show’s aging leading lady Dorothy Brock, Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director. On opening night, Ms. Brock breaks her ankle and panic spreads through the company as the show is doomed for closure until it is suggested that Peggy take the role. In only 36 hours, Peggy becomes a star!  Call 604-266-7191 for tickets.  Visit http://www.metrotheatre.org for more information.

Pharoah Sekret Pharaoh Sekret and the Lost Stone of Fire
Waterfront Theatre
8 – 30 April 2011

Journey into the heart of Ancient Egypt with Carousel Theatre for Young People’s final production of their 2010/11 season with the Canadian premiere of Pharaoh Sekret and the Lost Stone of Fire.  A new adventure inspired by the legends of Egypt, playwright John Olive creates a mystical mystery that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.  Visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca for tickets and information.

Mambo Italiano Mambo Italiano LGBTQ Preview Review
Firehall Arts Centre
13 – 30 April 2011

Canadian playwright Steve Galluccio’s hugely successful, Mambo Italiano is a refreshing and feel good comedy playing at the Firehall Arts Centre from April 13 – 30, 2011. Everyone can enjoy Mambo Italiano, a tongue in cheek comedy about a conservative Catholic Italian family who is “shocked” that their son is gay. Visit www.firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.

The Graduate The Graduate Review
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
14 April – 14 May 2011

The Graduate is adapted for the stage from the popular 1967 romantic comedy film that starred Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in the iconic roles of Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson. The story of Benjamin finding his way in life after college spoke to a generation about the ways of the adult world, and the loss of innocence. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine LGBTQ Preview Review
PAL Theatre
14 – 30 April 2011

A death goes far beyond its immediate surroundings. It echoes through a community. It can shatter people. My Funny Valentine enters the minds of people on the fringes of a murder that will forever affect them and seeks to understand the trajectory of the human impact. Visit http://www.zeezeetheatre.ca for tickets and information.

Yeoman of the Guard Yeoman of the Guard
Presentation House, North Vancouver
14 – 30 April 2011

In what may be their most honest operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan both reached for the peak of their talents in The Yeomen Of The Guard. Beneath the delightful surface of this story of a love-lorn Jester lies Gilbert’s saddest (yet still comic) and most personal tale. Then Sullivan raises the stakes even further with his mature and powerful score. For tickets call 604-990-3474 or go to www.phtheatre.org.

Dress me up in your love Dress me up in your love
The Cultch
19 – 23 April 2011

Revealing, sexy and sometimes startling, Theatre Replacement once again delves into the world of biographical examination with their latest performance Dress me up in your love. Using distinct garments collected from around the world, performers dress and undress to reveal in text, song, movement and animation the stories behind the clothes and the closets they came from.  Visit http://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.

The Wiz The Wiz Review
Performance Works
20 – 30 April 2011

This modern take on The Wizard of Oz follows the same story, The Wiz dances through the same old-same old musicals to speak to a generation obsessed with popculture, Twitter, Facebook and consuming.  Visit http://www.ticketstonight.ca for tickets and http://fightingchanceproductions.ca for more information.

Tape Tape Review
The Waldorf Hotel
20 – 24 April & 27 April – 1 May 2011

Tape is staged inside a hotel room at the Waldorf Hotel. With seating for 18 persons max this performance is truly intimate and unique. No black-outs, no transitions. This is live theatre, as real as it gets. A modern morality tale, Tape will keep you guessing until the end. Who’s right? What’s wrong? In the course of an hour, in one hotel room, secrets are revealed and alliances altered, but the truth is illusive … even when it’s on tape.  Visit http://www.tapetheplay.ca for more information.

Fiddler On The Roof Fiddler On The Roof
Vancouver Centre for the Performing Arts
29 April – 1 May 2011

Tevye’s wrestling with the new customs of a younger generation is punctuated by an unforgettable score. When his daughters choose suitors who defy his idea of a proper match, Tevye comes to realize, through a series of incidents that are at once comic and bittersweet, that his children will begin traditions of their own. At the story’s close, the villagers of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and even the sturdy mores that have guided everyday life begin to crumble. Paradoxically, it is the enforced loss of the rigid traditions and home life that Tevye has tried so tenaciously to preserve that leads the family to reconcile and draw closer still.  Tickets are available online or by calling 604-780-3333.

Previously in March & April:

The Forbidden Phoenix The Forbidden Phoenix
Gateway Theatre
7 – 23 April 2011

Combining adventure, martial arts and the coolest ten-piece orchestra you’ve ever seen, this thrilling, eye-popping musical tells the story of a father who comes to Canada looking for a better life. High drama and visual spectacle combine for a unique evening of family entertainment. Performed in English with Chinese surtitles.  Visit http://www.gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.

Another Home Invasion Another Home Invasion Review
Revue Stage
31 March – 23 April 2011

Relocating from their home into a home is tricky enough for Jean and her ailing husband without the added distraction of unwanted strangers appearing. An amazing one-woman performance by Nicola Lipman drives Tarragon Theatre’s courageous story of confronting life’s challenges with humour and dignity. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Basic Training Basic Training
The Cultch
14 – 16 April 2011

Basic Training, the production coming to the Cultch, begins as Kahlil departs for boot camp and his mother reveals a soul shattering family secret that forces Kahlil to question everything he has ever known about his family – and himself. 23 characters guide you through a one-hour evening of break-dancing, comedy and heart-rending drama as Kahlil struggles to make sense of his past. Visithttp://www.kahlilashanti.com for more information.

The Philanderer The Philanderer Review
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
17 March – 17 April 2011

Leonard will do anything to avoid commitment—even get married! Desperate to escape possessive Julia, he proposes to Grace, whose primary allure is an emotional detachment that rivals his own. Shaw’s classic drawing room satire is a hilarious examination of the quest to escape “happily ever after”. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Jake's Gift Jake’s Gift Review
Pacific Theatre
6 – 16 April 2011

When a crusty, down-on-his-luck WW2 veteran reluctantly makes the trip to Juno Beach to honour his brother Chester, his encounter with Isabelle, a precocious ten year-old challenges the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts. Written and performed by award-winner Julia Mackey, Jake’s Gift is a powerful and surprisingly funny one woman show that brings concepts of war and remembrance to a deeply personal level. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

The Trespassers The Trespassers Review
Vancouver Playhouse
26 March – 16 April 2011

Poignant, thought-provoking and sharply sardonic The Trespassers focuses on the relationship between 15-year-old Lowell and his grandfather Hardy. Lowell is no average teenager and hardy is no conventional role model. Whether urging the boy to pilfer a neighbour’s peaches, arranging his sexual initiation or teaching him the finer points of poker, Hardy is the despair of Lowell’s born-again mother, Cash. For tickets call 604 873 3311, order online at www.vancouverplayhouse.com.

A Beautiful View A Beautiful View LGBTQ
Presentation House, North Vancouver
5 – 9 April 2011

A Beautiful View is a seriocomic trek across the intangibles of love, and about our affinity for re-writing history in its name. Two women, both camping aficionados, meet while shopping for tents. Their connection informs their choices for the next two decades, culminating in a quiet note of tragicomedy. Tickets are available at www.phtheatre.org or by calling 604.990.3474.

Sensation of Magic Sensation of Magic
Presentation House, North Vancouver
1 & 2 April

Through the arts and crafts of illusion, Vitaly Beckman creates a performance brimming with bewilderment and wonder. Sensation of Magic is jaw-dropping, mind-bending magic. Info/Tix: 604.990.3474 or www.phtheatre.org.

1984 1984 Preview
The Cultch
25 March – 3 April 2011

This multi-media stage adaptation imaginatively interprets George Orwell’s timeless and prophetic masterpiece. In the bleak society of Oceania, under the constant surveillance of Big Brother and the Thought Police, lowly worker Winston Smith engages in a dangerous and forbidden love affair with Julia. How will they survive in the dystopian world where true love is forbidden and punishable by death?  Visit http://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.

The Last 15 Seconds The Last 15 Seconds
Firehall Arts Centre
23 March – 2 April 2011

The ground-breaking work begins with the tragic death of Syrian-American filmmaker Mustapha Akkad and his daughter Rima during a series of co-ordinated attacks that hit three hotels in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005.The work constructs an imagined physical and verbal dialogue between Akkad and Rawad Jassem Mohammmad Abed, the suicide bomber looking at the imagined lives and memories of both the victim and his killer at the time of the explosion. Call the Firehall at 604-689-0926 or www.firehallartscentre.ca for tickets & information.

Evelyn Strange Evelyn Strange Preview Review
Havana Theatre
23 March – 2 April 2011

Staircase XI Theatre Productions presents the Vancouver Premiere of Stewart Lemoine’s murder mystery Evelyn Strange – a dark comedy inspired by film noir and Wagnarian Opera to explore themes of identity, greed, and passion through word play and personal revelation. Visit http://www.staircasexi.com for tickets and information.

How The West Was One How The West Was One LGBTQ Preview Preview Review
The Cultch
23 – 26 March & 30 March – 2 April 2011

The Leaping Thespians present their original comedy How The West Was One, a hilarious soap opera is about the BC gold rush of the 1850’s with an all-female twist. The play is set in the saloon of the fictional town of Bridesville, founded and run by Miss Kitty. With an iron fist she manages her daughter Ramona, the town drunk, the card shark and the Outlaw, but is she a match for the femme fatale who sashays into town for the big blackjack game? There is singing and dancing in the saloon, a blackjack game, a hold-up, a shootout, and of course, romance in typical Leaping Thespians playful girl-on-girl style Tickets $17-20 at www.leapingthespians.ca or http://tickets.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363.

Jesus Hopped The "A" Train Jesus Hopped The “A” Train Review
Pacific Theatre
11 March – 2 April 2011

Rikers Island. Two men sit in solitary confinement, 23 hours a day. Lucius Jenkins is a serial killer who awaits execution, Angel Cruz stands accused of a murder he doesn’t believe was a crime. One has found God, the other needs to find himself. Visceral, gritty, harrowing – an uncompromising drama about contradiction, contrition and hypocrisy by the author of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.  Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown The Unsinkable Molly Brown (In Concert)
CBC Studio 700
24 – 26 March 2011

APPLAUSE! Musicals In Concert continues their 2010-2011 season of rare, shelved and forgotten musicals presented “on-book”, in concert in an intimate setting, with the spirited musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, running four performances, March 24-26 at CBC Studio 700.  Visithttp://www.applausemusicals.com for tickets and information.

Cinderella Cinderella Review
Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre, North Vancouver
17 – 26 March 2011

Exit 22, the production company of the theatre program at Capilano University, is pleased to present its biggest show of the year: the timeless enchanting story of Cinderella. This modern musical adaptation by Rogers and Hammerstein is directed by Gillian Barber and is musical directed by Kevin Michael Cripps, and stars the graduating class from Capilano’s Musical Theatre program. Tickets are $20/$14/$8, and are available by calling 604.990.7810, or for purchase online atwww.capilanou.ca/exit22.

Wild Honey Wild Honey Preview
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
17 – 26 March 2011

Platonov has a way with women, and it’s both his blessing and his curse, in Michael Frayn’s re-visioning of Anton Chekhov’s unfinished play. Wild Honey swings between the polar opposites of melodrama and farce, and shakes them into an intoxicating cocktail. Visit http://www.theatre.ubc.cafor tickets and information.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Five Women Wearing the Same Dress LGBTQ Review
Little Mountain Gallery
15 – 26 March 2011

The story takes place in an upstairs bedroom and features five very different bridesmaids (and a groomsman), each of whom has her/his own reason to want to avoid the wedding reception below. Despite the massive differences between these women, ranging from “Virginal to Maneater” (The New York Times), they are able to find a common bond – beyond their bridesmaid dresses. Tickets: $15 Available at the door or in advance at www.fivewomenwearingthesamedress.com.

The House of Yes The House of Yes
Havana Theatre
15 – 19 March 2011

In the Pascal family’s house, people get what they want. Jackie-O gets everything she wants. She even made people start calling her ‘Jackie-O’ after a costume party. Jackie has returned home after a stint in a mental hospital she was sent to after shooting her twin brother Marty. It is now Thanksgiving and Marty is on his way home for a visit. Jackie, the twins’ younger brother Anthony and mother Mrs. Pascal wait expectantly at home for his arrival. It’s not until Marty arrives home with his new fiancé, Lesly, that Jackie begins to lose control of herself again and it’s anyone’s guess what it is she wants this time. Call 778.995.7287 for tickets.

Burning In Burning In Review
Gateway Theatre, Richmond
10 – 19 March 2011

In the middle of a war, a reporter is photographed comforting a young boy whose parents have just been killed. The image becomes an iconic photograph representing the aftermath of war, and launches the journalist’s career. A decade later, just released from an overseas hostage situation, the now-famous war correspondent must face the aftermath of her recent trauma, which is compounded by a meddling sister, a troubled teen living in her apartment, and a budding relationship with a man who appears on her fire escape. Visit http://www.gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.

Speed The Plos Speed the Plow
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
3 – 19 March 2011

An accelerating roller coaster ride of tension is put in motion as wannabe producer Charlie Fox brings a potential blockbuster movie to his old friend and newly-made Head of Production, Bobby Gould. Time is of the essence, as the deal must be locked-down or lost. Neither of them realizes the key role that will be played by young temp Karen, who gets a taste of power and the opportunity to wield it. The play is a nail-biter right down to the gripping conclusion and nothing is quite as it seems. Visit http://www.phtheatre.org for tickets and information.

The Story of My Life The Story of My Life Review
Revue Stage, Granville Island
2 – 19 March 2011

An intelligent musical with a warm heart The Story of My Life, by Canadian writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, is a tale of friendship lost and found.  Combining meaning and melody, wit and emotion, The Story of My Life is a soaring tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change our lives forever. Tickets are available at vancouvertix.com or 604-629-8849.

The Sea Horse The Sea Horse
On Tour
Through 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.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Review
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
Through 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. Visithttp://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Legally Blonde, The Musical Legally Blonde, The Musical Review
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
1 – 6 March 2011

The hilarious MGM film is Broadway’s new smash hit musical, and now Legally Blonde, The Musical is coming to Vancouver. Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Tickets areavailable online.

The Pillowman The Pillowman Review
Jericho Arts Centre
Through 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.

Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman Review
Vancouver Playhouse
Through 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.  Visithttp://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.

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