St. Joan

At The Stanley until November 23, 2014
The buzz before the opening of the Arts Club production of St. Joan went, “If anyone can breathe life into George Bernard Shaw’s 1924 script it will be Kim Collier” (one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative directors) “and Meg Roe” (as Joan, The Maid of Orleans.)

Meg Roe as Joan in St. Joan. Credit: David Cooper

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The Four Horsemen Project

At The Cultch until November 2, 2014
Okay, I confess: the poetry of bpNichol never did it for me and, worse, I’ve never read any of the poetry of Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton or Steve McCaffery who, along with bpNichol, are known amongst the literati as The Four Horsemen, a 1970s, Toronto-based group of poets.

Jennifer Dahl, Naoko Murakoshi, Graham McKelvie and Andrea Nann in The Four Horsemen Project. Credit: John Lauener

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Three Tall Women

At the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) until November 9, 2014. Curtain 7:30PM.
Telus tells us the future is friendly. I’m not convinced. Playwright Edward Albee takes a hard look at old age in Pulitzer prize-winning (1994) Three Tall Women and, frankly, it doesn’t look like a lot of fun: incontinence, loss of mobility, loss of memory, and the inability to stop blithering about the past.

Anna Hagan, as ‘A’ in Three Tall Women. Credit: Tim Matheson

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At the Firehall Arts Centre until October 25, 2014
Dancer and storyteller supreme, Denise Clarke isn’t wagging her own tail – or what she refers to in the show as her “luscious butt” – in the sense my mother meant; she’s wagging her tail out of rediscovered joy in the face of what was for her a very bad year.

Denise Clarke in wag. Credit: Trudie Lee

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Carrie The Musical

At Jericho Arts Centre until October 25, 2014
Pig’s blood. You know there’s going to be pig’s blood even if you didn’t see the movie.

Ranae Miller as Carrie in Carrie The Musical. Credit: Allyson Fournier

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The Rainmaker

At Pacific Theatre until November 1, 2014
Predictability usually kills a play but in The Rainmaker predictability is as comforting as homemade pumpkin pie.

Pippa Johnstone as Lizzie in The Rainmaker. Credit: Emily Cooper

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My Rabbi

At the Firehall Arts Centre until October 18, 2014
With Prime Minister Harper taking Canada into the Middle East conflict, My Rabbi could hardly be more relevant.

Joel Bernbaum and Kayvon Kelly in My Rabbi. Credit: Derek Ford

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Kosmic Mambo

At Studio 58 until October 19, 2014
Bold and brash, this world premiere marries sci-fi and Romantic poetry sans words; it’s a leap into uncharted territory and you might experience g-force just watching it.

Markian Tarasiuk in Kosmic Mambo. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Our Town

At the First Christian Reformed Church (2670 Victoria Drive) until October 18, 2014
As a young man back in the 1930s, American playwright Thornton Wilder was dissatisfied with the theatre: “I felt that something had gone wrong….I began to feel that the theatre was not only inadequate, it was evasive.” His artistic reaction to this dissatisfaction was Our Town.

Bob Frazer as the Stage Manager in Our Town. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Educating Rita

At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until October 25, 2014
Director Sarah Rodgers must have been pulling her hair trying to secure a leading man in time for opening night of Educating Rita.

Holly Lewis and Scott Bellis in Educating Rita. Credit: Murray Mitchell.

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