At Performance Works until May 5, 2013
From the moment the Player and the Beggar, in white-face, black lipstick and bowler hats, soft-shoe it across the Performance Works stage, we know we are in for a very different production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Off the top, Daniel Deorksen (Beggar) and Phyllis Ho (Player), rigged out like vaudeville clowns tell us, “You’ve never seen anything like this.”
Tallulah Winkelman and Nick Fontaine in The Beggar’s Opera. Credit: David Newham
At Waterfront Theatre until April 28, 2013
Arthur may have been the king of all Britain, but in this Carousel Theatre for Young People production Kayvon Kelly (as Kay) rules the stage: the kids love him.
Kayvon Kelly in Arthur: Boy King. Credit: Tim Matheson
At The Cultch until April 20, 2013
I’m not one for epiphanies. But Evalyn Parry, SPIN creator/performer/spoken word poet, sent me freewheeling back to my nine-year-old self.
Evalyn Parry in SPIN. Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh
At CBC Studio 700 until April 20, 2013
“Creep”. “Moron”. “Drip”. “Eunuch”. Why does Ben, after rescuing a naked, delusional woman out of the surf in the middle of the night, put up with her abuse?
Morgana Wyllie and Blake Cuthbertson in Seascape With Sharks and Dancer.
Credit: William W. Ting
At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until May 4, 2013
Written by Vancouver Island writer Marion Farrant, My Turquoise Years will be a blast from the past – especially for women who grew up in the 50s and 60s. Remember hearing, “Boys are only after one thing”, “If you get boobs early you turn into a slut” or “Girls don’t carry beer. It looks cheap”.
Bridget Esler in My Turquoise Years. Credit: David Cooper
At Studio 1398 until April 13, 2013
It’s hard to imagine the celebrated Canadian actor/writer/director Nicola Cavendish as “shy” and lacking in confidence but that’s the way she describes herself as a child. She grew up to become one of the most fearless – and most beloved – actors here and abroad.
Nicola Cavendish as Shirley Valentine
At PAL Studio Theatre until April 13, 2013
Home ownership is The Canadian Dream that has turned into a nightmare. Who but millionaires can afford to buy houses in our world-class city? How many twenty-somethings – underemployed and with student loans to pay off – can get a down payment together? Answer: ones with rich parents.
Adam Lolacher and Julie McIsaac in Us & Everything We Own. Credit: Emily Cooper
At Performance Works until April 13, 2013
You might have thought composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim was having a pipedream when he envisioned a musical based on assassins who targeted US Presidents. But Assassins went on to win a load of awards and now Pipedream Theatre Project is realizing a dream of its own as it presents Assassins on the Performance Works stage.
Kurt Schindelka as Guiseppe Zangara in Assassins. Credit: Keith Opatovsky
At The Cultch (VanCity Culture Lab) until April 20, 2013
If Chekhovian means bo-ring to you, here’s an opportunity to turn your head around. Directed by Jane Heyman for the newly formed The Only Child Collective, this production is romantic, funny and heart wrenching in Amiel Gladstone’s fresh and lively adaptation.
Manami Hara, Richard Newman and Rachel Aberle in Three Sisters Credit: Emily Cooper
At Jericho Arts Centre until April 21, 2013
Oh, Mr. Gill, what have they done to you? First they give you a hunchback, then they put you in tight, tartan knickers and a button-popping vest, and finally – the coup de grâce – they make you speak in rhyming couplets for two hours. Good grief.
Stephanie Dyck and James Gill in The Prince’s Play. Credit: Doug Williams