Vancouver’s theatre scene is red hot and diverse. From a new musical about debt, to a serial killer’s story told with puppets, here are a few of the shows, including a few with a QUEER! connection, set to play in January and February 2010.
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
16 January – 13 February 2010
Vancouver’s longest running amateur theatre group presents this Brian Clemens’ thriller. Set against the backdrop of the approaching storm as Hitler marches into Poland and Neville Chamberlain declares Great Britain is at war with Germany, the plot is full of twists and turns. Tickets are $15/$18 and may be obtained by calling the Metro box office at 604-266-7191. Visit http://www.metrotheatre.org for more information.
| Fear of Flight
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
A chorally sung movement and story piece featuring twelve passengers and two stewardesses on a one hour and fifteen minute journey through the cause and effects of fear. Each passenger has their own story, commissioned as character monologues from a roster of Canada’s finest playwrights. Tickets are $22-$40 available by calling The Cultch box office at 604-251-1363. Visit http://www.theclutch.com for more information.
A young woman has disappeared at the edge of the city. Four women are drawn into the race to find her. Mentor and protégé, lovers and sisters, we move through the shattering events of their recent lives that have left them as lost as she is. Tickets are $15-$20 available at Tickets Tonight. Visit http://www.terminaltheatre.tk for more information.
Jack and Dillon are living out their own Romeo and Romeo fairytale. But when their “happily ever after” is destroyed by a brutal gay-bashing, one of the lovers vows his revenge. Told entirely through rap, spoken word and poetry this satiric and high-energy musical will leave you wondering: what would it take to push you to the edge? Tickets are $20 – $35 available by calling The Clutch box office at 604-251-1363. Visit http://www.theclutch.com for more information.
16 – 21 February 2010
Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion jump-cuts between the everyday and the mythic. Combining violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals, Delusion tells its story in the colorful and poetic language that has become Anderson’s trademark. Tickets are $45 – $55 available online or by calling the Playhouse box office at 604-873-3311.
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
9 – 13 February 2010
An interactive, duration-based performance event inspired by the physically grueling spectator sport from Depression-era North America. Tickets are $25 – $99 available online at BrownPaperTickets.
Where the Blood Mixes
Taking a fearless look at the Native community’s most painful emotional scars while still casting a ray of light, this Vancouver Playhouse/ Belfry Theatre/Savage Production presentation received rave reviews and awards in its first production. Tickets are $16 – $24 available online or by calling 604.689.0926.
The Cultch’s Curators in Residence Program Presents: Sam and Ben and the Big Oops
Part naive children’s show, part interpersonal drama, Sam and Ben and the Big Oops takes on contemporary social mores with abnormal humour and pathos. Tickets $15, available through The Cultch’s Box Office by calling 604-251-1363.
Gay Australian-born photographer-storyteller William Yang shares a deeply beautiful account of his personal pilgrimage to China—the country of his ancestors. Returning to a motherland he never knew, he searches for a deeper understanding of his roots in a delicate meditation on the meaning of culture, of heritage, and of belonging. Part of the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival. Tickets are $24-$30 available by calling 604.822.2678. Visit http://www.pushfestival.ca for more information.
| Best Before
Historic Theatre at the Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
29 January – 6 February 2010
A PuSh Festival commission that pulls the multi-player video game out of the virtual realm and plugs it into an intimate theatre setting. Taking its inspiration from Vancouver’s gaming industry, BestLand evolves and devolves as the audience clashes and collaborates while making personal, social and political decisions. Tickets are $22-$40 available through The Cultch box office by calling 604-251-1363. Visit http://www.thecultch.com for more information.
|The Passion Project (Read our review here)
Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue
27 January – 6 February 2010
Part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Pacific Theatre presents this performance piece by video artist Reid Farrington compressing Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc into a 30-minute concentration of movement, projection, installation, and sound collage. Mesmerizing, meticulous, transformative. Tickets are $17-$24 available by calling 604.731.5518 or online at http://www.pacifictheatre.org.
The professional theatre training program at Langara College, presents STEW, 4 new recipes for delicious theatre (previously known as FourPlay). This popular festival of one-act plays features original work by Studio 58 students and for the first time the line-up includes an original musical! All tickets only $11 available online at Tickets Tonight. Visit http://www.langara.bc.ca/studio58 for more information.
|Nevermore (Read our review here)
Arts Club Theatre Company, Granville Island Stage
21 January – 6 February 2010 Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, the great master of the macabre, this whimsical, chilling musical fairytale reveals the psychology of a man whose haunting writings continue to resonate. Fused with music, Poe’s lingering myths are the basis for this Gothic dreamscape of his life. Tickets are $25 and $45. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit http://www.artsclub.com.
|Beyond Eden – (Read our review here)
Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton & Dunsmuir
16 January – 6 February 2010
Based on the 1957 expedition by Wilson Duff and Bill Reid to Haida Gwaii to remove the last remaining ancient totem poles from the deserted Haida village of Ninstints, Beyond Eden is a story of struggle, love, loss, redemption and transformation all triggered by the harsh clash of European cultures and the ancient arts and culture of the Haida Nation. Tickets are $20 – $56 available by calling the Playhouse box office at 604 873 3311 or online at http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com.
|Mrs Dexter and Her Daily – (Read our review here)
Arts Club Stanley Theatre, 2750 Granville Island
7 January – 7 February 2010 Nicola Cavendish and Fiona Reid, two of Canada’s most acclaimed actresses, star in this finely crafted portrait of Mrs. D and Peggy, whose longstanding employer–servant relationship may be coming to an end. Tickets are $25, $40, and $59, inclusive of all taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit http://www.artsclub.com.
|the Edward Curtis Project
Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, West Vancouver
21-31 January 2010
Depressed and estranged from her family, a Métis journalist finds herself slipping from existence – a situation mirrored in a turn-of-the-century book she finds called The Vanishing Indian. Angeline finds herself face-to-face with the controversial photographer obsessed with capturing the Indian way of life he thought was dying out. Tickets are $24-$28 available by calling 604-990-3474 or online at http://www.phtheatre.org.
|Romeo & Juliet – (Read our review here. Read our preview here)
Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC
20-30 January 2010 Expect a brave and twisted approach to Shakespeare’s iconic story of lovers in a dangerous time. Drawing from the traditions of Bouffon, Clown and Cabaret, this theatre-in-the-round production will tickle, thrill and tantalize. Audiences will experience theatre as it was meant to be – live. Regular tickets are $15-$25 available by calling 604.822.2678. Visit http://www.theatre.ubc.ca for more information.
|Debt, the Musical – (Read our review here)
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street
13 – 30 January 2010 The Firehall Arts Centre presents the World Premiere of DEBT- the Musical! a 90 minute musical satire. Tickets are $16-$28 available by calling the Firehall box office 604 689-0926 or online at http://www.firehallartscentre.ca.
|QUEER! Jerk – (Read our review here. Read our interview with Director Gisèle Vienne)
Vivo Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street
21-24 January 2010 A story told from the vantage point of David Brooks, the real life accomplice to Texas serial killer Dean Corll who was responsible for the deaths of more than 25 teenage boys in the early 1970s. Tickets are $24/$30 in advance at $26/$32 at the door and are available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787. Visit http://www.pushfestival.ca for more information.
|Forbidden Broadway (Read our review here)
PAL Theatre, 581 Cordova Street
6 – 16 January 2010
A wickedly funny send-up of the musical theatre genre. Tickets are $21.50 – $27.50 available online through Tickets Tonight.
|QUEER! The Little Dog Laughed (Read our review here)
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive
6 – 16 January 2010
Follow the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren’t for a teensy-weensy problem. His agent Diane can’t seem to keep him in the “closet”. Tickets are $18-$20 available at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684-2787.