Diversity is the key to Vancouver’s theatre scene in May and June

From a puppet show for adults to a musical that promises sheep and goats, Vancouver’s theatre scene continues to be red hot and diverse. Here is the line-up of some of the shows, including those with a QUEER! connection, set to play local stages in May and June 2010.

Vancouver’s summer theatre season continues. Check out what is playing on stage in July and August.

Previously in May and June:

The Buddy Holly Story

The Buddy Holly Story Review
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
13 May – 11 July 2010

“Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away”—the list of hit songs penned by Buddy Holly goes on and on. By his untimely death, the legend had already changed popular music forever. Vibrant and celebratory, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story highlights the talent and passion that lives on in his music and continues to thrill audiences long after they dance out of the theatre!  Call 604.687.1644 or visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.


Godspell More Review
Pacific Theatre
28 May – 3 July 2010

Singing! Dancing! Sheep! Goats! Thou shalt be thrilled! Pacific Theatre and Theatre at TWU are delighted to celebrate the greatest story ever told with one of the most popular musicals ever staged. Godspell, born out of a master’s thesis project, became the longest running off-Broadway musical of all time in a turn of Hollywood-style fortune when it caught the eye of New York producers at its college premiere. Tickets are $17 – $34 available online or by calling 604.731.5518.

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach More More Review

Vanier Park
3 June – 25 September

The anchor production in the Mainstage tent will be the witty romance Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra. In the intimate Studio Stage, Bard will continue with the second year of “The Kings” History Cycle. In a new adaptation by Errol Durbach, Henry IV, Parts I & II will be blended as Falstaff and will play in repertory with the third history play, the powerful Henry V.  Visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org for tickets and information.

The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Review
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
June 17 to July 31, 2010

The H-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s Musical Comedy! It’s the funniest thing in seven consonants! Jubilant and touching, this Tony Award–winning musical comedy pits quirky pubescent overachievers against one other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime.  Tickets are $25 and $45. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit artsclub.com.

Twentieth Century Twentieth Century Review
Metro Theatre
19  June – 17 July 2010

Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1932 screwball comedy has rolled into town at Metro Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18 available by calling the Metro Box Office at 604 266-7191 or at the theatre. Visit http://www.metrotheatre.org for more information.

A Chorus of Disapproval

A Chorus of Disapproval
Deep Cove Stage Society
25 June – 10 July 2010

A diffident widower attempts to escape loneliness by joining the local amateur light operatic society. By accident, rather than by design, (in fact by not saying “no” to anything, be it a request to obtain confidential information from his Company or an offer of illicit sex) he advances from a small part to the lead. Tickets are $8-$15 available online.

Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Review
PAL Theatre
17 – 26 June 2010

After its successful run of Reefer Madness! last summer, newly named Point B Theatre (formerly j.e. productions) is back with a taste of European flair with Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris directed by Maddison Popov and Brianna Wiens. It runs at the PAL Theatre at 8pm on June 17 to June 20, and June 23 to 26, with a 2pm matinee on June 26.  Tickets are $18 – $22 available online from Tickets Tonight.

Priscilla, Queen of the Damned

Priscilla, Queen of the Damned: Drag Queens vs. Vampires More
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
16 – 19 June 2010

Transylvania’s only modern musical theatre group battles the undead in this uproarious mashup up of musicals and monsters. It takes a queen to fight a queen, so when the Vampire Queen next door abducts the second soprano section, a trio of cross-dressing crowd-pleasers turn hero and wage war. To reserve tickets e-mail ashley.lm@ubc.ca or call 778-322-7182. Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors, students, and children (and $15 for the preview night).

Herr Beckmann's People

Herr Beckmann’s People
PTC Studio, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
10 – 19 June 2010

Winner of the Third Annual Canadian Peace Play Competition and selected for the 8th International Women Playwrights Conference in Mumbai India. Art, war and the politics of culture collide in Sally Stubbs’ poetic and moving account of a family’s legacy of beauty and brutality.  June 10 – 19 at 8pm. Tickets $18 – $22 at 604-684-2787 or at http://www.ticketstonight.ca.

Love at First Bite

Love at First Bite
Presentation House, North Vancouver
10 – 12 June 2010

Written, directed and performed by youth from ages 13-19, Love at First Bite is a hilarious musical take on the massively popular “Twilight” series. When Bella gets involved in the world of vampires and werewolves, she’s in for the craziest time of her life– she’s just too dumb to figure it out. Tickets are $15 available by calling 604-990-3474 or online at http://www.phtheatre.org

An Electrifying Evening of Sam Shepard

An Electrifying Evening of Sam Shepard Review
DreamLife Studios
4 – 13 June 2010

Forgoing the more well-known works by Sam Shepard, Hardline Productions presents three of the acclaimed American playwright’s earlier, shorter, avant-garde pieces: 4H Club, Cowboys #2 andKiller’s Head.  Tickets are pay-what-you-can ($12 suggested) and are available at the door or by emailing hardlinevancouver@gmail.com.

Why Torture is Wrong

Why Torture is Wrong, And the People who Love Them
PAL Theatre
2 – 13 June 2010

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity”.  Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.  Tickets are $10 – $20 available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684-2787.


Nine Review
Performance Works, Granville Island
2 – 6 June 2010

Based on Fellini’s film 8 ½, this award-winning musical tells the story of film director Guido Contini as he faces a stalled film project, a complicated love life, and his fortieth birthday. Nine first appeared on Broadway in 1982, and enjoyed a successful revival in 2003. A film version directed by Rob Marshall premiered in December 2009 and earned four Oscar nominations. Pipedream is excited to bring this fresh and entertaining musical to Vancouver audiences… so come join us and “Be Italian”!  Tickets are $25 – $35 available online at Tickets Tonight.

You Are Not Dead

You Are Not Dead: A Guide to Modern Living Review
SFU Harbour Center
May 27 – 5 June 2010

Black Pants Productions whose work draws upon the multidisciplinary tradition to highlight the absurd and the significant is pleased to present the world premiere of an original work You Are Not Dead: A Guide To Modern Living by Meg Holle. The first ever full length live performance based on an online novella, You Are Not Dead presents itself as the seminal wellness seminar sweeping up the nation. A multimedia must-see event. Tickets are $20 – $25 avaialble at Tickets Tonight or at the door.

Mump and Smoot

Mump and Smoot: Cracked
The Cultch
26-29 May & 1-5 June 2010

After an eight-year hiatus, the famed Canadian clown duo, created and performed by Michael Kennard and John Turner, return to The Cultch with a new work that promises to liberate Vancouver audiences into the giddy, scary world of pure imagination. The duo will once again turn conventional clowning on its head in this darkly humourous new work that ranges from zany to macabre. Not for Children! Tickets $27-$45 available online or by calling 604-251-1363.

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None
Metro Theatre
7 May – 5 June 2010

Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a lavish estate on an island. The tension mounts as, one by one, the number of people are reduced through the ingenious plotting of the unseen killer. Finally only two are left and each is uncertain as to whether or not the other is the murderer. Tickets are $15-$18 available by calling 604 266-7191 or at the Metro Box Office.

Becky's New Car

Becky’s New Car Review
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
6 May – 5 June 2010

Finding the On-Ramp to Happiness. Becky is married. Check. With one son, in college. Check, check. Living a perfectly ordinary life. Check. But she wants more. When an unexpected offer for just that—from a dashing millionaire, no less—falls into her lap, Becky embarks on a comic and poignant joyride that may change everything forever.  Tickets are $25 and $45, inclusive of all tax and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit artsclub.com.


The Boy Who Went Outside Queer Content! More
Performance Works, Granville Island
26 – 30 May 2010

An original play-with-music exploring the impossible enterprise of a writer attempting to write an impossible play based on the life and struggles of an impossible artist. Tickets are $15-$20 available at http://www.brownpapertickets.ca or 1-800-838-3006.

planb Plan B
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
13 – 29 May 2010

High-level meetings to negotiate the departure of Québec from Canada are charged by personal impulses toward seduction and betrayal, union and division, intimacy and distance. The action takes place in a hotel bedroom and a boardroom – a private space and a public space. Music, humour, sex and politics are the key metaphors in this truly Canadian farce.  Call 604-990-3474 or go tohttp://www.phtheatre.org for tickets and information.

The Wild Party

The Wild Party
5 – 28 May 2010

With the ANZA Club (built in 1935) transformed brimming over with ‘speak-easy’ detail, including cigarette girls and classic cocktails, ticketholders will be invited to get in the mood for Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 tale of jealous chorines, brutal boyfriends, shadowy club creatures and other denizens of the 1920s glittery New York demimonde.  Tickets are $12-$34 available at Tickets Tonight.

Dangerous Corner

Dangerous Corner Review
Vancouver Playhouse
1 – 22 May 2010

At a dinner party, a guest makes a chance remark that ignites a series of devastating revelations leading to a tangle of infidelities, dark secrets and possibly murder. What secrets does the musical cigarette-box hold?  As time is reversed, we see what might have happened if the chance remark had never been made, the secrets remaining hidden and the “dangerous corner” avoided.  Tickets are $30-$56 available by calling 604 873 3311 or online at vancouverplayhouse.com.

The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer Review
Jericho Arts Centre
27 April – 22 May 2010

Based on the 1998 film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this musical version is peppered with 80’s references and a rock/pop score that will make it the perfect cure to a rainy Vancouver May. Tickets are $25-$30 and are available at the door or by calling 604-224-8007 ext. 3.

My Granny the Goldfish

My Granny the Goldfish Review
Arts Club New Revue Stage
15 April – 15 May 2010

Hypochondria, claustrophobia, germaphobia—oh, my! When Nico, a young Indian student in Vancouver, is hospitalized, his grandmother, armed with nothing more than a whiskey bottle, arrives from Bombay. Despite Nico’s protests, her visit may be just the cure-all he needs. Irreverently funny,My Granny the Goldfish is a tale of finding truth and love in the midst of morphine and bedpans. Tickets available online or by calling 604.687.1644.

Refuge of Lies

Refuge of Lies Review
Pacific Theatre
9 April – 1 May 2010

All’s fair in love and war? Rudi Vanderwaal left Holland as a refugee after WWII and found faith as a Mennonite. Now quietly retired in Vancouver, Rudi’s peaceful life is disrupted when a Dutch reporter forces him to confront his dark wartime past and revisit long-buried secrets. As his community is compelled to take sides, everyone is driven into a world where memory and fantasy collide. Is he guilty? Will he pay? What is the cost of redemption? Tickets are $17-$34 available online or by calling 604.731.5518.

Dirty White

Dirty White More!
The Cultch
22 April – 1 May 2010

A reimagining of Ovid’s The Raven and the Crow, dirty white by Susanna Uchatius, is a sensual parable that sets the natural world against the purity of ideas; the physical against the heavenly.  Tickets are available by calling 604.251.1365 or online at www.thecultch.com; $20 Adults; $15 students and seniors. April 27th: Pay What You Can; April 28th: 2-4-1.

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy
The Cultch
27 April – 1 May 2010

The Tooth Fairy is a dream-like odyssey, an epic of paradise lost. It rumbles onto the stage like a wooden colossus, diving into the unconscious to discover the sea-monsters of the soul. It’s a children’s puppet show for adults, and adult theatre for children. Tickets are available by calling The Cultch box office at 604-251-1363 or online at https://tickets.thecultch.com.


Havana Theatre
26 April – 2 May 2010

Set in a small bar in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, six young underachievers await the results of a murder trial that’s hit close to home. Their world of drinking, sarcasm and missed opportunities is flipped upside down when a former friend returns from Toronto to testify in the trial, reopening old wounds and creating some new ones as well. Tickets are $10 – $15 available at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604-684-2787.

Stephen Sondeim's Follies, In Concert

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, In Concert
Performance Works, Granville Island
28 April – 1 May 2010

Follies is a retrospective of the “Ziegfield Follies,” in which Stephen Sondheim blends the nostalgia of popular songs of the past with his own style of sentimental ballad. The show is a love letter to musical theatre, complete with songs in the styles of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter. Tickets are $15-$25 available online or by calling 778.329.2371.


10 THINGS you’ll HATE about ME Review
The Cultch
3 – 8 May 2010

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s famous children’s story The Happy Prince, 10 THINGS you’ll HATE about MEpresents a series of ten deeply personal solo vignettes choreographed by Gagnon. This brave new work tramples the borders between art and life, obliterating the lines between lived experience and theatrical extrapolation.  Tickets are available by calling The Cultch box office at 604-251-1363 or online at https://tickets.thecultch.com.

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