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
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
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
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.
At the Russian Hall until February 5, 2017
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’.
At Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 12, 2017
Posted January 28, 2017
I don’t remember ever thinking William Faulkner spun good yarns.
At Jericho Arts Centre until February 12, 2017
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.
By Heart: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
At Performance Works
January 20 and 21
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.
At The Cultch until January 21, 2017
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.
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.