The Winter’s Tale

At Bard on the Beach until September 22, 2017
Tis passing strange, this play. There are lengthy discourses, no swordplay, not a lot of action in the original sense and it shifts over the course of five acts from a tragic beginning to a happy ending.

Kaitlin Williams as Perdita and Austin Eckert as Florizel in The Winter’s Tale. Credit: David Blue

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Bittergirl: The Musical

At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until July 29, 2017
“We need to talk”. Four little words that almost always mean there’s trouble in paradise.

Cailin Stadnyk and Josh Epstein in Bittergirl: The Musical. Credit: Emily Cooper

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At Spanish Banks until June 30, 2017
Be prepared to space out and have your perceptions totally messed with.

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Much Ado About Nothing

At Bard on the Beach until September 23, 2017
If you’re looking for a fresh take on Much Ado About Nothing, director John Murphy is your man.

Kevin MacDonald and Amber Lewis in Much Ado About Nothing. Credit: Emily Cooper and David Cooper

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At the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch, June 8-10, 14-17 and 21-24, 2017
Heard at curtain from an enthusiastic pair of patrons: “Bravo” and “Well done”. It’s a good reminder for a critic that has seen at least a dozen productions both big and small, that there’s a Hamlet for everyone.

Kurtis Maguire as Hamlet. Credit: Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

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These Are The Songs I Sing When I’m Sad

At The Fishbowl (100 – 1398 Cartwright, Granville Island) until June 10, 2017
Jane Miller, actor/singer/composer, is fearless, funny and smart. She and Brian Quirt, playwright/director/dramaturge have been exploring the complexity of elements that bring tears to our eyes when we hear certain music. And more, why we like to feel so bad.

Jane Miller in These Are The Songs I Sing When I’m Sad

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The Game of Love and Chance

At Jericho Arts Centre until June 25, 2017
Shakespeare was not the first nor will he be the last to use mistaken identity as a comedic device. Even as we scoff at it, we love it.

Elizabeth Willow and Peter Robbins. Credit: Nancy Caldwell

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Hand to God

At the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until June 25, 2017
As Hand to God proves, you CAN get too much of a good thing.

Tyrone with Oliver Castillo. Photo: David Cooper

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