Me and You

Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until
May 6, 2018
While there’s lots of revelry between siblings there’s also rivalry and the pendulum swings back and forth over the years.

Patti Allan and Lois Anderson in Me and You. Credit: David Cooper

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The Explanation

At the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch until April 29, 2017
Who knew you could find love in the literature DVD section of the Central library? That’s where Dick (from the West End) finds John (from Burnaby).

Kevin MacDonald as John and Evan Frayne as Dick in The Explanation. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Cabaret

Massey Theatre until April 29, 2018
It’s Sunday, 2 PM and, wonder of wonders, it’s sunny: a rare day in this rainy, rainy April.  Yet New Westminster’s Massey Theatre is packed. What’s that about? How do you get a full house in Vancouver on a sunny Sunday afternoon?

Andrew Cownden (centre) as The Emcee in Cabaret. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Misery

Arts Club Granville Island Stage until May 5, 2018
I have never read a Stephen King novel and I probably never will.  Horror is just not my thing.  But hair-raising horror, adapted for stage by William Goldman from Stephen King’s novel Misery, is another thing: creepy and hilarious in equal quantities.

Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee in Misery. Credit: David Cooper

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The Humans

At  The Stanley until April 22, 2018
All through Stephen Karam’s The Humans, the Blake family keeps saying they’re okay but they’re not. Things are going bump in the night and it’s not just the “little old Chinese lady” living upstairs.

Kevin McNulty, Nicola Lipman, Briana Buckmaster, Parm Soor, Samantha Rose Richard and Gina Stockdale in The Humans. Credit: David Cooper

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Butcher

At The Cultch until March 31, 2018
Karma is good: what goes around comes around. But it’s slow and by the time the bad guys get their comeuppance, you might not be around to relish it. Revenge, on the other hand, can be quick and satisfying.

Peter Anderson and Daryl Shuttleworth in Butcher. Credit: Tim Matheson

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I Lost My Husband

At Gateway Theatre until March 24, 2018. SOLD OUT
Playwright Catherine Léger puts a completely new spin on the phrase – usually sad –  “I Lost My Husband”.  She has audiences at Gateway’s Studio B laughing.

Meghan Gardiner as Evelyn in I Lost My Husband. Credit: David Cooper

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Betroffenheit 2018

At the Vancouver Playhouse, March 15, 16 and 17, 2018
SOLD OUT. A few no-show tickets may be available at the door. This excerpted review previously appeared in February 2016.
Harrowing. But eventually there’s a little light at the end of a very dark, very frightening tunnel.

Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit. Credit: Michael Slobodian

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Forget About Tomorrow

On the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until March 25, 2018
Despite the shroud of sadness mixed with disbelief that descended on John Mann (lead singer, Spirit of the West) and his wife Jill Daum (writer/actor, Mom’s The Word) following John’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, Forget About Tomorrow (written by Daum) is not all doom and gloom.

Jennifer Lines as Jane and Craig Erickson as Tom in Forget About Tomorrow. Credit: David Cooper

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The After After Party

At The Cultch until March 17, 2018
A month away from highschool graduation, drunk on Fireball, stoned on crack and coming to on a park bench alone in the woods, Fiona and Jules have no idea what they did at “the pre-party, the party and the after party” or where “the after after party” is happening.

Cheyenne Mabberley as Jules and Katey Hoffman as Fiona in The After After Party. Credit: Helenka Boden

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