Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to go see live theatre this year! Here is what is set to play Vancouver stages in January and February 2012, including shows with an LGBTQ! connection.
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
26 January – 26 February 2011
When middle-aged Annie Clarke loses her husband to leukemia, her best friend suggests a—ahem—cheeky new way to raise money for research. But their fellow Women’s Institute members balk at baring—well, almost baring—it all! Gradually, though, these prim tea-and-crumpets ladies “of a certain age” come around and learn to delight in their newfound pluckiness and status as international sensations. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and informatoin.
2 – 26 February 2012
“Beware the Ides of March,” warns the Soothsayer as Caesar returns from battle, and so begins the life-and-death struggle for control of Rome. The conspirators, fearful for the Republic, tormented by uncertainty and driven by questionable motives, plot his assassination. His brutal killing unleashes a tide of violence that drags thousands into a bloody civil war. Julius Caesar investigates the intoxicating effects of power and the dangers of idealism. Visit http://www.studio58.ca for tickets and information.
|I Love You Because
8 – 25 February 2012
This hilarious hit musical arrives on Granville Island just in time for the season of love! With a special Valentine’s Day performance featuring roses for every woman attending and all the champagne you can drink, this show promises to make you laugh, make you cry, make you fall in love or fall in love all over again. Tickets available online.
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
9 February – 10 March 2012
It’s 1905. New York City. 35-year-old Esther is an independent African-American woman who makes a good living sewing exquisite undergarments and corsets for brides-to-be. But she yearns to wear one of her own creations. When a mysterious stranger from the Caribbean strikes up a pen-pal relationship, the romance that blooms promises to fulfill all her dreams. Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
|The Marvelous Wonderettes
8 – 26 February 2012
The show will escort you on a trip down memory lane and transport everyone back to Springfield High school’s 1958 Super Senior Prom. It’s here we meet the Wonderettes; four girls with high hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! Audience members will be singing along to such songs like: “Mr Sandman,” “Lollipop.” “It’s My Party,” “Leader of the Pack” and over 20 more classic hits! So get hip to a whole new sound, put on your best threads, and lose the squares. Visit http://www.marvelouswonderettes.ca for tickets and information.
|The Silicone Diaries
14 – 19 February 2012
Transsexual Nina Arsenault may be perceived as “fake”, but the sixty cosmetic surgeries that transformed her from an awkward man into a 36D-26-40 bombshell are anything but. The Silicone Diaries is a full, frank and fierce exploration of the contradictions associated with the quest for beauty, balanced by an intimate and spiritual account of Arsenault’s adventures in plastic surgery. Visit http://www.thecultch.com for tickets and information.
17 – 26 February 2012
Meet Wolfie, Syd, Barry, and Harriet, a rag-tag bunch of players who use their magic, shape-shifting wagon, musical instruments and their imaginations to tell stories and teach lessons to our young audiences. Visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca for tickets and information.
|Catalyst Theatre’s Hunchback
18 February – 10 March
From the award-winning creators of Nevermore and Frankenstein. A darkly romantic musical set amid the buttresses and shadows of Notre Dame Cathedral, Hunchback tells the tale of a tormented priest, a beautiful dancer and the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo. Swept up in a vortex of lust, fear and the desire to control a destiny that will ultimately destroy them all, they are consumed by love in its most potent, merciless and obsessive form. This surprising new take on Victor Hugo’s famous story comes from the multi-award-winning creative team at Catalyst Theatre. Visit http://vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.
|The Mystery of Edwin Drood
18 February – 3 March 2012
This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale “puts on” its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is madly in love with his student, Miss Rosa Bud, who is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, Edwin Drood. Drood disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve—but has Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunit? It’s a musical mystery marathon to the finish as the audience and actors together decide the fate of young Edwin Drood. Visit http://fightingchanceproductions.ca for tickets and information.
|Blink and You Might Miss Me
Part of the 2012 Chutzpah! Festival
River Rock Casino Show Theatre, Richmond
22 – 26 February 2011
A one-man tour de force, Blink & You Might Miss Me is Hollywood veteran Larry Blum’s humorous look back at his personal journey through the rough and tumble, dishy, glamorous and sometimes cruel world of show biz. Sharing engaging stories along with rare clips and photos from his long and wide-ranging career in TV and film, Larry reflects on the unique opportunity he has had to experience celebrity up close and personal. Visit http://chutzpahfestival.com for tickets and information.
|The Ugly One
Jericho Arts Centre
22 February – 4 March 2012
With a successful career and happily married, Lette thought he was normal. When his career is put on hold, his boss informs him of his complete and utter ugliness. Turning to plastic surgery for help, Lette awakens with an Adonis-like face turning his world inside out. After the bandages come off Lette begins to question … is there such a thing as being too beautiful? The Ugly One is a scalpel sharp comedy about beauty, identity and getting ahead. Visit http://www.theuglyone.info for tickets and information.
23 February – 17 March 2012
This unique production of KING LEAR will take audiences on a journey to the brink of madness. The vast landscape of Lear is condensed into the tiny space of the Havana. This is total immersion in an epic. Performers are never more than a couple feet from audience members, producing an experience as intimate as breath. This is full-contact Shakespeare, eye-to-eye and tactile. Visit http://honestfishmongers.blogspot.com for more information.
Previously in January & February
15 – 18 February 2012
In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts was an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believed unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller’s edgy masterpiece, that very belief has poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft. Those accusations multiply to consume the entire village. Visit http://www2.capilanou.ca for more information.
Performance Works, Granville Island
10 – 18 February 2012
What happens when a vintage dinner cabaret hits Vancouver a century too late? Well, it features not only the glitz of traditional trapeze artists, but also the excitement of world-record-breaking acrobats doing back flips on pogo sticks. Vinyl Vaudeville attempts to replicate the century-old tradition of combining a sassy cabaret, dinner theatre, and after-show swingin’ dance soiree together with a twist. Visit http://www.vinylvaudeville.com for tickets and information.
|Problem Child and The End of Civilization
9 – 18 February 2012
Two blistering one-act plays from George F. Walker’s sextet of plays, the smash hit “Suburban Motel.” One seedy motel room houses the deliciously dark and comic world of English Canada’s most accomplished playwright. Both are terrific tales of tenderness from the gritty side of life. Visit http://www.theatre.ubc.ca for tickets and information.
Richmond Gateway Theatre
2 – 18 February 2012
The first British settlers to arrive in Newfoundland found the climate too harsh and headed south to Virginia. It took sterner stuff in the form of London-born nurse, Myra Bennett, to endure the region’s bleak weather and conquer its stubborn inhabitants. Nurse Bennett traveled by foot, horse, dogsled, and boat to deliver babies, set bones, and extract teeth on an isolated 320-kilometer stretch of roadless coast. Visit https://www.gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.
| Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata
Revue Stage, Granville Island
19 January – 18 February 2012
Irregular hats for cats, mounted lobsters, autographed copies of the Bible: this premiere from composer Veda Hille and the CBC’s Bill Richardson explores what humanity has to offer and turns it into sidesplitting musical fare. Who wouldn’t want a broken time machine, for free? Come and take a look at the vagaries and intimacies of the internet! Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
|Beauty and the Beast
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8 – 12 February 2012
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Tickets and showtimes are available online.
|Duet For One
Jericho Arts Centre
20 January – 12 February 2012
Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend, she engages the help of a psychiatrist. Through a series of highly charged encounters, Stephanie is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music. Visit http://www.unitedplayers.com for tickets and information.
|Risky Nights: Soul Resource
6 – 11 February 2012
Studio 58, the nationally renowned professional theatre training program at Langara College, presents the Risky Nights production of Soul Resource, a classic story of jealousy and greed that looks at our abuse of natural resources in a very human context, directed by Rachel Peake. Visit http://studio58.ca for more information.
| Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
21 January – 4 February 2012
Danny has an out of control temper and may have killed a man. Roberta is haunted by an even darker secret that overshadows any possible joy in her life. When these two hopeless lives collide they ruthlessly reveal themselves to one another, resulting in a brutal exposure that is as dark and frightening as it is hopeful and funny. Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.
14 January – 4 February 2012
Red introduces audiences to the compelling artist Mark Rothko and his young assistant, Ken. Set in his studio in the late 1950s, the play is a fictionalized account of one of Rothko’s historic artistic commissions: to create a series of murals for the new Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York City. As he paints, Rothko begins to question the project he’s committed to and his role as an artist. When he sees that his great commission will reduce his paintings to being merely decorative rather than transformative, he confronts this new truth through a visceral and passionate debate of ideas, art and relevance. Visit http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.
Vancouver Playhouse Recital Hall
23 January – 3 February 2012
Set in a piano bar in a second-rate hotel, this musical pastiche of the hard-boiled detective story tells the tale of a world-weary private eye solving the mystery of a missing blonde, while lounge singer Buddy Toupee narrates and comments on the action through song. Visit http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.
| Glory Days
18 – 28 January 2011
The Cultch Culture Lab
What a difference a year makes. In The Boys Upstairs Equity Co-op’s production of Glory Days, a musical by Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner, four best friends meet up a year after graduating high school. The plan is to catch up, relive some of those good old (glory) days, and pick their friendships up right where they dropped off. Turns out that’s not so easy. Visit http://www.glorydaysvancouver.com for tickets and information.
| Waiting For Godot
Through 29 January 2012
Brilliant? Absurd? A lot of meaningless nonsense? Blackbird Theatre presents THAT play – Samuel Beckett’s profound comedic masterpiece Waiting for Godot. Visit http://blackbirdtheatre.ca for tickets and information.
| All The Way Home
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10 – 14 January 2012
Tad Mosel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a beautifully crafted journey of love and spiritual transformation. In a quiet, rural town in the early 1900s, a family is shaken to its core by the untimely and accidental death of one of its own. Even as the loss is deeply felt and shared across the divide of many generations, a mother quietly clings to the promise of renewal and life. Visit http://www.electriccompanytheatre.com for tickets and information.