On stage in November & December

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Winter is a great time theatre in Vancouver – from the conventional Christmas fare to the more untraditional, here is what is set to play Vancouver stages in November and December 2011, including shows with an LGBTQ! connection.

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Off White Christmas Off-White Christmas
Through 23 December 2011
Vancouver TheatreSports

Off-White Christmas takes a humorous, alternative look at Christmas that turns the snowy-white holiday on its head (hence “off-white”). Grab drinks, sit back, and prepare to laugh as the improv players explore Christmastime cultural phenomena and stereotypes.  Visit http://www.vtsl.com for tickets and information.

Blood Brothers Blood Brothers Click here for a review of this show.
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
Through 31 December 2011

Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann will thrill you in this emotionally charged tale of twins separated at birth, written by Shirley Valentine’s Willy Russell. The brothers grow up unaware of the other’s existence and lead drastically different lives – one of privilege, the other of poverty – but destiny draws them together when they fall for the same girl, leading a mother to reveal untold truths. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Penny Plain Penny Plain
Through 17 December 2011
The Cultch

From Canada’s foremost puppeteer and award-winning theatre artist Ronnie Burkett, comes the highly anticipated production of Penny Plain. True to Burkett’s provocative style, this gothic thriller marks an “end to civilization,” a world which could only be imagined by Burkett himself. Visit http://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.

La Cage aux Folles La Cage aux Folles Queer Content! Click for more information! Click here for a review of this show.
Through 24 December 2011
Vancouver Playhouse

A tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together … stay fabulous … and above all else, stay true to themselves! Georges owns a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez and his partner, Albin, is the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!  Visit http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.

The Patron Saint of Stanley Park The Patron Saint of Stanley Park Click here for a review of this show.
1 – 24 December 2011
Arts Club Revue Stage

It’s a ferociously stormy Christmas Eve in Vancouver’s historic park. A scruffy vagabond, who may be more than he appears to be, helps a struggling family to see that Christmas really can illuminate the strength of the human spirit. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz Click for more information! Click here for a review of this show.
2 – 31 December 2011
Waterfront Theatre

This holiday season Carousel Theatre invites young audiences to follow the Yellow Brick Road as Dorothy and friends learn about courage, compassion, and the meaning of home in the beloved family musical, The Wizard of Oz. Visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca for tickets and information.

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol Click here for a review of this show.
2 – 31 December 2011
Pacific Theatre

A midnight haunting brings a lone man to the edge of his own demise – sounds more like Paranormal Activity than a children’s Christmas story. In this one-man adaptation, the thrilling originality, wit and fire of Dickens’ masterpiece of storytelling is restored – glorious language, vivid characterization and compelling social conscience.  Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

White Christmas White Christmas Click here for a review of this show.
2 – 28 December 2011
Arts Club Stanley Theatre

The beloved holiday favourite is back! 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 “Blue Skies,” “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.

The Last Piece The Last Piece Queer Content! Click here for a review of this show.
6 – 17 December 2011
Havana Theatre

Two women meet in a bookstore and suddenly find themselves on a date. Kate, a librarian, has just ended a nine-year relationship and is not looking to start another one. Lee, a furniture builder, has had many a woman in her time but is still trying to find “the one”. $15 @ the door or by calling 778-329-3707.  Visit http://www.littlebaskettheatre.com for more information.

A Child's Christmas in Wales in Concert A Child’s Christmas in Wales in Concert
8 – 18 December 2011
PAL Theatre

In Dylan Thomas’ 1952 poem, a grandfather regales his young grandson, Dylan, about one particular magic Christmas day in Wales. This new version is a beautifully written and wistful piece about strange relatives, snowy adventures, awful holiday food and the anticipation of presents.  Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 604.684.8028.

The Christmas Carol Project The Christmas Carol Project
18 – 20 December 2011
The Cultch

Western Canada’s hippest holiday tradition comes to Vancouver! An enchanting musical version of Dickens’ tale, The Christmas Carol Project is a unique and captivating blend of classic literature and contemporary music.  Visit http://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.


Previously in November & December:

Hotel Bethlehem Hotel Bethlehem
7 – 14 December 2011
Studio 16 & Shadbolt Centre

Join Ruby Slippers Theatre for the world premiere of a new Christmas satire by playwright Drew McCreadie. Hotel Bethlehem dares to entertain the near unthinkable: “What if the men who defined history were … idiots?” Visit http://www.rubyslippers.ca for tickets and information.

After Jerusalem After Jerusalem Click here for a review of this show.
30 November – 11 December 2011
Performance Works

A middle-aged woman travels to Israel during Christmas to find love and adventure only to get tangled up with an ambitious Israeli soldier with big dreams. From the playwright who penned the dark comedies “My Chernobyl” and “The Project”, this poignant comedy plays homage to old movies and new flames. Visit http://www.solocollective.ca for tickets and information.

M/Hotel M/Hotel
Through 10 December 2011
The Holiday Inn

David McIntosh’s new site-specific dance-theatre piece for battery opera, M/HOTEL, on at the Holiday Inn on Howe Street, suggests a much broader spectrum of things to enjoy with strangers in said rooms than hospital corners on bed sheets and those tiny, pre-wrapped toiletries. Visit http://www.batteryopera.com for more information.

The 13th Chair The 13th Chair Click here for a review of this show.
Through 4 December 2011
Studio 58

It’s the spring of 1929, just outside New York City the Crosby’s are hosting a party to celebrate their son’s engagement to Helen O’Neill. Among their guests is Madame Rosalie La Grange, an eccentric Irish medium asked to spice up the evening by conducting a séance. When the lights come up and one of the guests is found dead, everyone in the room, including dear Helen, are suspects. When the local police are unable to find the weapon or the murderer, Madame La Grange turns to the spirits to solve the crime.  Visit http://www.studio58.ca for tickets and information.

The Priory The Priory Queer Content! Click for more information!
Through 4 December 2011
Jericho Arts Centre

Michael Wynne’s The Priory tells the witty and thrilling tale of Kate and her invited guests at a converted priory turned vacation home. The comedic tale shines a light on dilemmas about love, life, and retro board games. Visit http://www.unitedplayers.com for tickets and information.

Stages of Sin Stages of Sin
3 December 2011
Sin Bin Sports Grill

The classic crime drama gets a full Burlesque treatment. Stages of Sin is a throwback to the classic style of Film Noir. Suspense meets seduction in this inventive fusion of theatre and burlesque; a whodunit with a tantalizing twist. This is ‘Burlesque Noir.’ Visit http://vexembers.wordpress.com for tickets and information.

The Temperamentals The Temperamentals Queer Content! Click for more information! Click here for a review of this show.
Through 3 December 2011
PAL Theatre

In the early 1950s, “temperamental” was code for “homosexual,” part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate in order to protect themselves from persecution and violence. The Temperamentals tells the story of two men—the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich—as they fall in love while building the Mattachine Society, the first gay rights organization in pre-Stonewall United States.  For tickets and information visit http://www.ticketstonight.ca.

My Three Angels My Three Angels
Through 3 December 2011
Metro Theatre

An engaging comedy about three endearing convicts employed as roofers, set their objectives to preserve the business of their employer when his ruthless family return to take it over.  Visit http://www.metrotheatre.org for tickets and information.

Arabian Nights Arabian Nights
Through 26 November 2011
Capilano University

In this spellbinding adaptation of Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke, tells the story of the King’s new bride Sharazad. It’s her wedding night and in the morning she is destined to be put to death, like a thousand brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her—the gift of story-telling. Can the young queen transport the vengeful King to the mystical land of her stories? On her side she has a rich array of characters including Ali Baba, Es-Sindibad the Sailor and Princess Parizade. Adventurers in strange and magical worlds populated by giant beasts, talking birds and crafty thieves. But will her silver-tongued story-telling save her life? Visit http://tickets.capilanou.ca for tickets and information.

The Penelopiad The Penelopiad Click here for a review of this show.
Through 20 November 2011
Arts Club Stanley Theatre

A husband absent for twenty years, a sullen teenage son giving lip, tiffs with the mother-in-law—who wouldn’t be desperate? From one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers comes this fresh and witty retelling of The Odyssey myth. In Margaret Atwood’s contemporary interpretation, Penelope, the long-suffering wife of the hero Odysseus, finally gets to tell her side of the story. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Mary's Wedding Mary’s Wedding
Through 19 November 2011
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre

With the sweep of a romance novel, Mary’s Wedding begins and ends in sweet dreams of love. Mary and Charlie meet in 1914, with the world on the brink of The Great War. In Mary’s dream, she relives her first meeting with Charlie, falling in love, and reading his letters from the trenches. A moving memorial to the human cost of war, this is the haunting journey of one woman who must deal with the past before she can look to the future. Visit https://www.gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.

Snowman Snowman Queer Content! Click for more information! Click here for a review of this show.
Through 19 November 2011
Revue Stage

Denver and Marjorie are drifters who have found a routine: find a town, find an apartment, get jobs, walk around, make friends, and stay for a month or a year before packing up and moving on. Over ten years they’ve made their way up to a small Canadian town on the edge of the glacial shield where they meet and befriend Jude, a young gay man who was abandoned by his parents and has an affinity for German porn. When Jude finds a prehistoric body frozen in the glacier, everyone’s lives begin to shift and thaw in unexpected ways. Visit http://vancouvertix.com for tickets and information.

Us and Them Us and Them Queer Content! Click here for a review of this show.
Through 12 November 2011
The Cultch

Vancouver’s award-winning Headlines Theatre presents their latest interactive production, Us and Them – a fun, moving, and gutsy exploration of how we understand ourselves and how we create divisions between us and ‘others’. Visit http://www.headlinestheatre.com for tickets and information.

Re:Union Re:Union Click here for a review of this show.
Through 12 November 2011
Pacific Theatre

November 2, 1965. A young Quaker named Norman Morrison sets himself on fire in protest of the Vietnam War with his baby daughter at his side – thirty-six years later in light of a new war in a new millennium, can she carry his legacy?  Pacific Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre present RE:UNION, a new play by Sean Devine. Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

Falling In Time Falling In Time Queer Content! Click for more information! Click here for a review of this show.
4 – 12 November 2011
Performance Works

Falling in Time is an epic exploration of armed conflict, savage masculinity, flagrant sexuality, unqualified forgiveness and unexpected love. Set in Vancouver in 1994, the year of the death of North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, the play criss-crosses two hemispheres and spans more than forty years. Visit http://www.screamingweenie.com for tickets and information.

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