13: The Musical


At Waterfront Theatre October 4-8. 2017
Everyone fourteen or older knows what it was like to be thirteen – and it wasn’t always a barrel of laughs.

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Livestock Building, Hastings Park until September 30, 2017
How could we not know about 8,000 Canadians of Japanese heritage housed like cattle in the Livestock Building in Hastings Park prior to being shipped off to various internment and labour camps across the country in 1942?

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At Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) until September 29, 2017
It doesn’t happen very often to me in the theatre but I had a couple of adrenalin rushes during Posh, written by British playwright Laura Wade in 2010.

The Cast of Posh. Credit: Allyson Fournier

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Angels in America: Perestroika

At The Stanley until October 8, 2017
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, is a sprawling, epic, two-part play that is both reverent and irreverent, brutal and tender, serious and sardonic.

Lois Anderson, Damien Atkins and Stephen Jackman-Torkoff in Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika. Credit: David Cooper

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The Christians

At Pacific Theatre until October 7, 2017
I know where I stand: if there were a Heaven and if I were Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, I would not deny Mahatma Gandhi (nor my old dog Cody) admission because neither of them was a Christian.

Ron Reed as Pastor Paul in The Christians. Credit: Emily Cooper

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A Chorus Line

At the Waterfront Theatre until September 2, 2017
Auditions: how do performers find the strength and resilience to put themselves through it again and again? Too tall, too short, too much attitude, not enough pizazz – the reasons for being rejected are endless.

The Cast of A Chorus Line

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Free. Under the north end of the Cambie Bridge until September 24. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 9 P.M.
Sous le pont/Cambie Street/Salmon are dancing/Salmon are dancing/ and your heart will dance, too, as the concrete underside of the bridge is transformed into a huge canvas for the story of B.C. salmon returning to the river of their birth to spawn.

Photo credit: Rachel Pick

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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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