Cucci & Cabana

At Studio 16 until May 11, 2013
Cucci & Cabana is a clown show in the style of Mump & Smoot but, rather than speaking in gobbledygook as Smoot and Mump do, Cabana and Cucci speak French which, I’m ashamed to say, I understand only marginally better than those other two clowns. Thank goodness for surtitles in English.

Emilie Leclerc in Cucci & Cabana. Credit: James Loewen

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Highgate

At The Cultch until May 4, 2013
“Oh, Death, where is thy sting?” It isn’t at The Cultch from April 30-May 4 where brilliant dancer/choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and four dancers perform the world premiere of Friedenberg’s new work, Highgate.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg in Highgate. Credit: clancy

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How to Write A New Book For The Bible

At Pacific Theatre until May 25
I don’t know that the Bible needs a new book but Jesuit priest/ playwright Bill Cain has some ideas about what that book should look like.

Anthony F. Ingram in How To Write A New Book For The Bible. Credit Emily Cooper

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The Beggar’s Opera

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

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Arthur: Boy King

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

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SPIN

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

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Seascape With Sharks and Dancer

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

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My Turquoise Years

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

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The Life Game

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

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Us & Everything We Own

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

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