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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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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rEvolver Festival: Vampires in Barcelona

At the Green House Studio June 1, 2 and 3, 2017
Go Green. The Green House Studio, I mean, for the most wryly funny, most charming solo show that I’ve seen thus far in Upintheair Theatre’s 2017 rEvolver Festival.

Brian Cochrane in Vampires in Barcelona. Credit: Christine Quintana

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rEvolver Festival: SPAWN

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At The Cultch until June 4, 2017
Theresa, a young First Nations dancer, is haunted by the memory of her mother who drowned and was pulled out of the river when Theresa was just a child.

Tai Grauman as Theresa in SPAWN. Credit: Jessica White

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The Hunger Room

At PAL Studio Theatre until June 10, 2017
In The Hunger Room, Tyler, Caitlin and Anna are three super-smart but messed up kids with messed up or absent parents.

Raylene Harewood as Anna and Camille Legg as Caitlin in The Hunger Room. Credit: Tim Matheson

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Outside Mullingar

At Pacific Theatre until June 10, 2017
Outside Mullingar is unapologetically sentimental but it might charm your socks off because it’s just so darned Irish.

Ron Reed, John Emmet Tracy, Rebecca deBoer and Erla Faye Forsyth. Credit: Matt Reznek

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Children of God

At The York Theatre until June 3, 2017
There are tears; there is jubilation. Going back to the very roots of theatre, Children of God is a rare experience of communion.

Cheyenne Scott, as Julia, and Trish Lindström, as Sister Bernadette, in Children of God. Credit: Emily Cooper

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