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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At Performance Works until April 13, 2013
You might have thought composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim was having a pipedream when he envisioned a musical based on assassins who targeted US Presidents. But Assassins went on to win a load of awards and now Pipedream Theatre Project is realizing a dream of its own as it presents Assassins on the Performance Works stage.

Kurt Schindelka as Guiseppe Zangara in Assassins. Credit: Keith Opatovsky

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Three Sisters

At The Cultch (VanCity Culture Lab) until April 20, 2013
If Chekhovian means bo-ring to you, here’s an opportunity to turn your head around. Directed by Jane Heyman for the newly formed The Only Child Collective, this production is romantic, funny and heart wrenching in Amiel Gladstone’s fresh and lively adaptation.

Manami Hara, Richard Newman and Rachel Aberle in Three Sisters Credit: Emily Cooper

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The Prince’s Play

At Jericho Arts Centre until April 21, 2013 
Oh, Mr. Gill, what have they done to you? First they give you a hunchback, then they put you in tight, tartan knickers and a button-popping vest, and finally – the coup de grâce – they make you speak in rhyming couplets for two hours. Good grief.

Stephanie Dyck and James Gill in The Prince’s Play. Credit: Doug Williams

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Blood Relations

At Frederic theatre until April 6, 2013
“Did you, Lizzie?” “Lizzie, did you?” One hundred and twenty years later, we’re still asking the question Lizzie Borden’s sister Emma repeatedly asked her over the years – even after Lizzie had been acquitted of the murder of their father and stepmother.

Mercedes de la Zerda in Blood Relations. Credit: Tim Matheson

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Balm in Gilead

At Studio 58 until April 7, 2013
The despair in Balm in Gilead is enough to keep these Studio 58 student actors on the straight and narrow for the rest of their lives – not that these over-achievers are at any risk of blowing it.

Chris Cope and Masae Day in Balm in Gilead. Credit: David Cooper

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2 Pianos 4 Hands

At The Stanley until April 14, 2013
2 Pianos 4 Hands. Right: two guys, four hands, two pianos. But Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt are so good they could each do a show that might be called 2 Hands 4 Pianos – but why would they?

Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra in 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo: Courtesy of Mirvish Productions

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At PAL Studio until March 23, 2013
If I were an entertainment editor I wouldn’t send me to review this show. I’m just all wrong for it. Heterosexual grandmother – what could be a worse perspective from which to view a play about a gay couple – older guy/younger guy – hitting the doldrums in their ten-year relationship?

Credit: Itai Erdal

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