Elle

At the Firehall Arts Centre until February 18, 2017
Whether or not you find the increasingly fantastical elements compelling, Thompson’s performance is riveting as we watch Marguerite transform from noblewoman to wild woman at one with Nature and the First Nations: a very Canadian – at the same time universal – story. Back to Nature, back to the Garden.

Severn Thompson as Marguerite in Elle. Credit: Michael Cooper

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Foreign Radical

At Studio 1398 February 6-11, 2017
This review was posted in April 2015. For further information regarding the 2017 production, contact Theatre Conspiracy at www.conspiracy.ca. Foreign Radical won the Critics’ Choice Award for Innovation in 2015 and is even more relevant in view of President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven, predominately Muslim nations.

Milton Lim (front) and Aryo Khakpour in Foreign Radical

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The Audience

At The Stanley until February 26, 2017
Don’t go to The Audience if you think the Royal Family is irrelevant. Do go if you think, in changing times, having a stalwart, gracious, well-spoken, committed, dog-loving Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, is something worth holding onto.

Anna Galvin (centre) as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. Credit: David Cooper

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Odysseo

At White Big Top, extended until March 5, 2017
Bring out all the superlatives that can be mustered: Odyssey by Cavalia is awesome, spectacular, fabulous, beautiful, heart stopping, magical and ethereal.

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The City and The City

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At the Russian Hall until February 5, 2017
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Posted January 31, 2017

When two of Vancouver’s most experimental theatre companies – Upintheair theatre and The Only Animal – collaborate, you can expect the results to be ‘out there’.

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As I Lay Dying

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At Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 12, 2017
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Posted January 28, 2017

I don’t remember ever thinking William Faulkner spun good yarns.

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Sunday in the Park with George

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At Jericho Arts Centre until February 12, 2017

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Posted January 22, 2017

After seeing the off-Broadway premiere of Sunday in the Park with George in July 1983, composer Leonard Bernstein sent a note to Stephen Sondheim calling the show “brilliant, deeply conceived, canny, magisterial.

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By Heart

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By Heart: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

At Performance Works

January 20 and 21

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Posted  January 20, 2017

Portuguese playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues evokes disparate writers – Shakespeare, George Steiner, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Brodsky, Boris Pasternak and others – while teaching Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 to ten volunteers.

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The Fighting Season

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At The Cultch until January 21, 2017

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Posted January 13, 2017

There’s no good season for war; broken bodies, broken hearts and broken minds are shipped back to their loved ones in spring, summer, fall and winter.

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Year In Review

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January 2016 kicked off with the effervescent Blackbird Theatre production of The Rivals. Everyone’s favourite character in this 18th century comedy is Mrs. Malaprop and, almost bursting out of her bodice, actor Gabrielle Rose showed once again her spectacular dramatic versatility.

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