The Piano Teacher

At the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until May 14, 2017
Playwright Dorothy Dittrich gives us a most elegant, thoughtful commentary on music: “Music is about relationships”. It’s the space between one note and next. “It’s about stories”.

Caitriona Murphy as Elaine and Megan Leitch as Erin in The Piano Teacher. Credit: David Cooper

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Parade: The True Story of Leo Frank

At the Norman Rothstein Theatre until April 29, 2017
Nothing – short of a snowstorm in April – is going to rain on this Parade.

Riley Sandbeck (left) as Leo Frank in Parade. Credit: Allyson Fournier 

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Mom’s the Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

At the Arts Club Granville Island Stage held over until May 20, 2017
Who let the Moms out? Bill Millerd, Artistic Managing Director, Arts Club Theatre, and we’re so happy he did.

Barbara Pollard, Deborah Williams, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol and Jill Daum. Credit: Emily Cooper

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The Watershed


At Gateway Theatre until April 15, 2017
How much you enjoy The Watershed might depend on whether you say ‘oil sands’ or ‘tar sands’.

Liisa Repo-Martell as Annabel Soutar and Alex Ivanovici as Alex Ivanovici in The Watershed. Credit: Guntar Kravis

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Genetic Drift

At The Fishbowl April 7 and 8, 2017
Want to know what the end of the world looks like? If Pi Theatre is right, it’s godawful. Even if Pi Theatre is wrong, it’s probably godawful.

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At Presentation House until April 9 and at Studio 16 from April 12-16, 2017
With so many blood-curdling, realistic depictions of war in the movies and on TV, it’s challenging to stage a war on stage – especially in an intimate setting like Presentation House.

Deneh’Cho Thompson as Jonathon and Raes Calvert as Half-Blood in REDPATCH. Credit: Mark Halliday

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Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches

At The Stanley until April 23, 2017
Big, big, big. Under the direction of award-winning Kim Collier (co-founder of the Electric Company Theatre and winner of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for Directing), Angels in America: Part One, written by American playwright Tony Kushner, is epic.

Damien Atkins and Ryan Beil in Angels in America: Part One. Credit: David Cooper

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The Train Driver

At Jericho Arts Centre until April 16, 2017
The Train Driver is one of the best shows United Players has ever produced: a scorching yet poetic script by South African playwright Athol Fugard; taut, intelligent direction by Adam Henderson; a vast, dusty set by John Taylor; and two masterful performances.

Paul Herbert as Roelf in The Train Driver. Credit: Nancy Caldwell

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The Refugee Hotel

At Studio 58 until April 9, 2017
Two very interesting shows are happening simultaneously in Vancouver right now: Refuge at the Firehall Arts Centre until April 1 and The Refugee Hotel at Studio 58 until April 9.

Elizabeth Barrett as Flaca in The Refugee Hotel. Credit: Emily Cooper

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Firehall Arts Centre until April 1, 2017
Timely, disturbing and powerful, Refuge is a window on the refugee process in this country and the horrifying alternatives facing unsuccessful claimants who are doomed by the Immigrant and Refugee Board to be returned to their homeland.

Nicola Lipman as Interviewer and Aadin Church as Mebrahtu in Refuge. Credit: Emily Cooper

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