At Pacific Theatre until November 9, 2013
Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor gets under the skin of his characters Leda, Annie and Carolyn with such intensity that Communion brought me close to tears.
Diane Brown as Leda in Communion. Credit: Tim Matheson
At the Arts Club Revue Stage until November 9, 2013
This script by Colleen Murphy, enjoying its premiere production at the Arts Club Revue Stage, is an excellent vehicle for a couple of young performers.
Matreya Scarrwener as Halley in Armstrong’s War. Credit: David Cooper
At Jericho Arts Centre until October 26, 2013
It’s rude, it’s crude, it’s loud and it’s proud. Buy the $5 bag of authorized ‘props’ and throw your confetti, rice and cards. Wear the silly party hat; blow your party horn. In other words, get down.
Clockwise from top: Jesicca Bryn, Ray Boulay, Seth Little and Kelli Ogmundson in The Rocky Horror Show
At Max Bell Theatre (Calgary) until November 10, 2013
Almost half the cast list of The Great Gatsby reads as if director Kim Collier had cherry-picked her way through Vancouver’s finest: Bob Frazer, Jonathon Young, Craig Erickson, Celine Stubel, Jennifer Lines and Haig Sutherland. But 2010 Siminovitch Prize-winning Collier isn’t directing this show for a Vancouver company; she’s directing for Theatre Calgary.
Amy Rutherford as Daisy in The Great Gatsby. Poster photo credit: David Cooper
At Little Mountain Gallery (195 East 26th) until October 26, 2013
John Steinbeck’s stage adaptation of his classic novella Of Mice and Men is a surprising choice for young director Genevieve Fleming. The play is so early 20th century American and so masculine it smells of dust and sweat: nine men, one woman.
Sebastian Kroon as Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Credit: David Cooper
At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until November 2, 2013
In Venus in Fur, a storm is brewing outside but it’s nothing compared to the storm that’s about to break inside the rehearsal hall where Thomas (Vincent Gale), a playwright and director, has just wrapped up auditioning three dozen actresses.
Vincent Gale and Lindsey Angell in Venus in Fur. Credit: David Cooper
At Studio 1398 until October 12, 2013
High school: the happiest years of your life. Yeah, sure. Directed by Brian Cochrane for Twenty Something Theatre, Speech & Debate is geared more to the fifteen and sixteen-year-old crowd than to the twenty-somethings. But most of us have been there: teenaged, dateless on a Friday night and feeling too geeky for words.
Alex Rose, Claire Hasselgrave and Scott Button in Speech & Debate. Credit: David Cooper
At an undisclosed venue until November 2, 2013. Participants are advised 24 hours prior
My so-called ‘crack team’ of special agents really, really sucked. Our mission: to capture Sgt. William Sullivan, a terrorist on the run. We blew it – bigtime.
Jake Anthony in The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island. Credit: Andy Thompson
At Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch until October 12, 2013
It’s ironic, isn’t it, that with the huge amount and variety of food available to us, we find ourselves scrutinizing labels as if our very lives depended upon it.
Patrick Sabongui as Foster Bryant in Inside The Seed. Credit: Daniel Martin
At Studio 58 until October 20, 2013
One of Shakespeare’s most often produced plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents a real challenge to a director to come up with a fresh new take. Director Scott Bellis, his finger firmly on the pulse of pop culture, goes with zombies and vampires in this Studio 58 student production and shifts the action from Athens, Greece, to the fictitious town of Athens, Romania, circa 1900.