The Drowsy Chaperone

At Theatre Under the Stars until August 19, 2017
There’s nothing snoozy or sleepy about this TUTS production of The Drowsy Chaperone: it’s flat-out, full-on fun. Plus it’s wickedly clever.

Shawn Macdonald, Caitriona Murphy, Peter Stainton and Sheryl Anne Wheaton in The Drowsy Chaperone. Credit: Tim Matheson

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City of Angels

At Performance Works until July 17, 2017
City of Angels, the musical, is so meta-theatrically clever it almost gets itself tied in knots but it’s a whole lot of film noir fun.

Donal Thoms-Cappello as Stine and Michael Lomenda as Stone in City of Angels. Credit: Rhonda Dent

 

 

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The Merchant of Venice

At Bard on the Beach until September 16, 2017
I should probably never see The Merchant of Venice ever again: it makes me crazy.

Warren Kimmel as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Credit: David Blue

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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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Cinerama

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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Hamlet

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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