There are a small handful of films that age well. These films, some say, transcend time. It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra in 1946, is one of those films. It hits that remarkable pinpoint of sweetness and nostalgia that has made it a part of family Christmases for decades. Competing with such iconic cinematic chemistry would be nigh on impossible on stage, but Pacific Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show manages to enhance, rather than compete with the original. It is, in a word, brilliant. Read more.
Another company tackling a show outside the usual holiday fare found this time of year, the Fire Escape Equity Co-op presents a gorgeous presentation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Read more.
Perhaps because the characters in Brendan Gall’s Wide Awake Hearts are so self-centered, trying to relate to any of them was a lesson in futility. And while a selfish unlikability isn’t necessarily a recipe for a bad script, in Gall’s blurred world there is no easy way in for an audience that can’t care for its characters. Read more.
Mixing eye-wrenching colour and slapstick humour, the traditional English pantomime is a family tradition that plays for the kids while nudging the adults. But Cinderella: An East Van Panto preaches rather than entertains, tossing aside the unrestrained glee of children’s theatre for a tired hipster joke. Read more.
Musical theatre may be built upon the music, but success also relies on a clever script and exciting choreography. Sadly, Little Women: The Musical, while musically strong, falls short in those marks of success. Fighting Chance puts up a strong effort, but ultimately cannot overcome the obstacles inherent in this book to musical adaptation. Read more.
Meet Canadian musical theatre couple, Sharron Matthews and George Masswohl. Read more.