The Christians

At Pacific Theatre until October 7, 2017
I know where I stand: if there were a Heaven and if I were Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, I would not deny Mahatma Gandhi (nor my old dog Cody) admission because neither of them was a Christian.

Ron Reed as Pastor Paul in The Christians. Credit: Emily Cooper

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A Chorus Line

At the Waterfront Theatre until September 2, 2017
Auditions: how do performers find the strength and resilience to put themselves through it again and again? Too tall, too short, too much attitude, not enough pizazz – the reasons for being rejected are endless.

The Cast of A Chorus Line

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Uninterrupted

Free. Under the north end of the Cambie Bridge until September 24. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 9 P.M.
Sous le pont/Cambie Street/Salmon are dancing/Salmon are dancing/ and your heart will dance, too, as the concrete underside of the bridge is transformed into a huge canvas for the story of B.C. salmon returning to the river of their birth to spawn.

Photo credit: Rachel Pick

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Nomadic Tempest

South shore of False Creek, just east of the Cambie Bridge, at 9:45 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday until September 3, 2017
Paul Kirby and Nans Kelder have been taking theatre to the people since 1970 when they toured their one-wagon, horse-drawn puppet show around Vancouver Island.

 

 

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Mary Poppins

At Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) held over until August 26, 2017
Like Mary Poppins herself, this TUTS production directed by Shel Piercy is “Practi-cally Per-fect/In ev-ery way.”

Ranae Miller as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Credit: Tim Matheson

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

At Bard on the Beach. Held over until September 20, 2017
Finally someone has the wit and the nerve to do something about the unsatisfying conclusion of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, making it palatable for a contemporary audience. That someone is director Scott Bellis.

Nadeem Phillip as Valentine and Charlie Gallant as Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Credit: David Blue

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In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

At Jericho Arts Centre in repertory with Master Class and A Prayer For Owen Meany until August 17, 2017
I encourage you to see In the Next Room. Tell me I’m wrong and that you were rolling in the aisles. Or tears filled your eyes as the snow, Kroon’s underpants and the curtain fell.

Lindsay Nelson (as Mrs. Givings), Alexis Kellum-Creer (Annie) and Christine Reinfort (Mrs. Daldry) in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Credit: Javier Sotres

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This Is Our Youth

At the Red Gate Revue Stage (Granville Island) until July 23, 2017
The inaugural production of Midtwenties Theatre Society, This Is Our Youth might be “brilliant, darkly humorous and bittersweet” but, for me, it was deeply disturbing.

Zack Currie as Dennis and Quinn Hinch (foreground) as Warren in This Is Our Youth. Credit: Ken Thorne

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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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