At Performance Works until November 8, 2015
If there’s anything more crazy making than my own dithering indecision it’s watching someone else’s dithering indecision.

Duncan Fraser, Shawn Macdonald and Donna Soares in Cock. Credit: Tim Matheson

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Tender Napalm

At Havana Theatre until November 8, 2015
Directed by Sabrina Evertt, Tender Napalm is as sensual, poetic and as gorgeous a vision of love unravelling as you may ever have seen.

Sean Harris Oliver (Man) and Claire Hesselgrave (Woman) in Tender Napalm. Credit: David Cooper

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The Dining Room

At PAL Studio Theatre until November 8, 2015
The Dining Room  is a eulogy of sorts, not only for the dining room but also for bygone days.

Photo credit: Marlee Walchuk

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Empire of the Son

At the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch until October 24, 2015

Writer/performer Tetsuro Shigematsu (the self-confessed “trouble son” of Akira Shigematsu) did not have a very good relationship with his father but he’s making up for it now. Night after night in the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch he admits he never said, “I love you” to his dad. He’s saying it now.

Tetsuro Shigematsu in Empire of the Son.

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At Presentation House until October 25, 2015
It’s hard to say how well I WISH will work with Grades 4-8, its target audience. Kids these days seem so sophisticated. But the goals of the show, featuring Jay Brazeau and Emilie Leclerc, are valuable.

Jay Brazeau as Leo in I WISH. Credit: Chris van der Schyff

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Deux Ans de Votre Vie

At Studio 16 until October 24, 2015
Two words: complètement charmant.

Julie Trépanier as Chloe and Cory Haas as Jeremy in Deux Ans de Votre Vie. Credit: Emily Cooper

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A Doll’s House

At Jericho Arts Centre until October 24, 2015
What strikes you right away is how modern A Doll’s House, written in 1879 by the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, feels.

Genevieve Fleming as Nora in A Doll’s House. Credit: Ryan McDonald

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Smoke on the Mountain

At Pacific Theatre until November 1, 2015
Directed by Sarah Rodgers, this Midnight Theatre Collective Production is well done: good voices, sublime harmonies and a cast of a dozen all of whom play a variety of musical instruments including guitar, upright bass, piano, banjo, fiddle, spoons and washboard.

Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau and Gordon Roberts in Smoke on the Mountain. Credit: Midnight Collective Theatre

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The Waiting Room

At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until October 31, 2015
Colorectal cancer are not two words with which you want to begin writing – or reading – a review. But The Waiting Room takes us far beyond a terrifying medical diagnosis into the realm of family, healing and hope.

John Mann (left) and Jonathon Young in The Waiting Room. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Romeo + Juliet

At Studio 58 until October 18, 2015
I have met a lot of Romeos in my time. Let me re-phrase: I have met a lot of Shakespeare’s Romeos over the years. And I have never found one more winsome, brighter-eyed and more appealing than the one in Studio 58’s production of Romeo + Juliet. The role is played by a young woman (Camille Legg).

Camille Legg as Romeo and Adellah Furseth as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet. Credit: David Cooper

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