Nomadic Tempest

South shore of False Creek, just east of the Cambie Bridge, at 9:45 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday until September 3, 2017
Paul Kirby and Nans Kelder have been taking theatre to the people since 1970 when they toured their one-wagon, horse-drawn puppet show around Vancouver Island.

 

 

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Mary Poppins

At Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) held over until August 26, 2017
Like Mary Poppins herself, this TUTS production directed by Shel Piercy is “Practi-cally Per-fect/In ev-ery way.”

Ranae Miller as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Credit: Tim Matheson

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

At Bard on the Beach. Held over until September 20, 2017
Finally someone has the wit and the nerve to do something about the unsatisfying conclusion of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, making it palatable for a contemporary audience. That someone is director Scott Bellis.

Nadeem Phillip as Valentine and Charlie Gallant as Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Credit: David Blue

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In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

At Jericho Arts Centre in repertory with Master Class and A Prayer For Owen Meany until August 17, 2017
I encourage you to see In the Next Room. Tell me I’m wrong and that you were rolling in the aisles. Or tears filled your eyes as the snow, Kroon’s underpants and the curtain fell.

Lindsay Nelson (as Mrs. Givings), Alexis Kellum-Creer (Annie) and Christine Reinfort (Mrs. Daldry) in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Credit: Javier Sotres

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This Is Our Youth

At the Red Gate Revue Stage (Granville Island) until July 23, 2017
The inaugural production of Midtwenties Theatre Society, This Is Our Youth might be “brilliant, darkly humorous and bittersweet” but, for me, it was deeply disturbing.

Zack Currie as Dennis and Quinn Hinch (foreground) as Warren in This Is Our Youth. Credit: Ken Thorne

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The Drowsy Chaperone

At Theatre Under the Stars until August 19, 2017
There’s nothing snoozy or sleepy about this TUTS production of The Drowsy Chaperone: it’s flat-out, full-on fun. Plus it’s wickedly clever.

Shawn Macdonald, Caitriona Murphy, Peter Stainton and Sheryl Anne Wheaton in The Drowsy Chaperone. Credit: Tim Matheson

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City of Angels

At Performance Works until July 17, 2017
City of Angels, the musical, is so meta-theatrically clever it almost gets itself tied in knots but it’s a whole lot of film noir fun.

Donal Thoms-Cappello as Stine and Michael Lomenda as Stone in City of Angels. Credit: Rhonda Dent

 

 

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The Merchant of Venice

At Bard on the Beach until September 16, 2017
I should probably never see The Merchant of Venice ever again: it makes me crazy.

Warren Kimmel as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Credit: David Blue

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The Winter’s Tale

At Bard on the Beach until September 22, 2017
Tis passing strange, this play. There are lengthy discourses, no swordplay, not a lot of action in the original sense and it shifts over the course of five acts from a tragic beginning to a happy ending.

Kaitlin Williams as Perdita and Austin Eckert as Florizel in The Winter’s Tale. Credit: David Blue

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Bittergirl: The Musical

At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage until July 29, 2017
“We need to talk”. Four little words that almost always mean there’s trouble in paradise.

Cailin Stadnyk and Josh Epstein in Bittergirl: The Musical. Credit: Emily Cooper

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