Stripes: The Mystery Circus
May 6, 2010

Sarah Hayward tells us why we should see

Stripes: The Mystery Circus

Written by: Sarah Hayward

Music Arrangements by: Marguerite Witvoet

Coached by: Marguerite Witvoet and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Produced by: Mystery Circus Media (link)

Stripes: The Mystery Circus is a play about an audition that humorously and touchingly goes awry. People-pleasing Pollyhymnia will do anything to get into the circus as she launches into eight out-of-this-world circus acts. The Escape Artist becomes the woman evading romantic capture, The High Wire Act becomes the High Wired Act, The Juggler is juggling the demands of care giving. Secret theories, mysteries and Leonard Cohen are just a few of Pollyhymnia’s passions. In this metaphysical musical, Pollyhymnia finds her way through song, memories and sheer determination.

Last chance to see Stripes in Vancouver before its New York debut!

Moberly Arts & Culture Centre

Friday May 28th at 8pm

Saurday May 29th at 8pm

Sunday May 30th at 2pm

Tickets $15 adults; $10 students

Tickets available at the door

7646 Prince Albert St.

(one block east of Fraser St.; south of 59th), Vancouver

Phone 604-718-6521


Plan B
May 2, 2010

Jacques Lalonde, France Perras and Adam Henderson tell us why we should see

Plan B

Written by: Michael Healey

Directed by: Bill Devine

Starring: Adam Henderson, France Perras, Howard Siegel and Jacques Lalonde.

Presented by: Sea Theatre (link)

High-level meetings to negotiate the departure of Québec from Canada are charged by personal impulses toward seduction and betrayal, union and division, intimacy and distance. The action takes place in a hotel bedroom and a boardroom – a private space and a public space. Music, humour, sex and politics are the key metaphors in this truly Canadian farce.

Friday, May 14-29, at 8 pm  (Sunday and Monday nights dark).

There will be one pay-what-you-can preview on May 13, and one Saturday matinee at 2pm on May 29.

All performances are at Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver).

Tickets are $22/28, except Tuesdays, which are 2-for-1.

Tickets are available at the Presentation House Box Office: 604.990.3474 or

Bridge Mix
May 2, 2010

Ryan Hauser, Chelsea Haberlin and David Benedict Brown tell us why we should get out to

Bridge Mix

9 Theatre Companies + 1 Parking Garage = Bridge Mix

Produced by: ITSAZOO Productions and Enlightenment Theatre

Bridge Mix is a project designed to unify emerging theatre companies through a shared public presentation in a found space in the city of Vancouver. The companies include: ITSAZOO Productions, Enlightenment Theatre, Tiger Milk Collective, Upintheair Theatre, Genus Theatre, Spectral Theatre, Slam Ink, SNAFU, and the Peter and Chris Show. Each company will perform an original, 10-minute installation. The audience will be led through out the parkade to observe how each scene integrates this urban backdrop and converts it into a performance space. Bridge Mix will also feature music and a roving bar.

Each of the pieces will reflect, in some way, the environment in which they are performed: a parking garage in Downtown Vancouver.

For example, Spectral Theatre’s segment, Eastside Ghosts, is about an east Vancouver predator haunted by the ghosts of his victims. It is designed to challenge and confront the audience about the plight of women in the eastside and hopefully create a discussion about empowerment and solutions. The Vancouver comedy duo of Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone will riff on The Soloist. Their piece tells the story of a journalist desperately searching for his own “prophetic bum,” but finding the opposite in a man whose less than epic tale hilariously unfolds for the audience.

ITSAZOO continues to explore the role of the clown in the urban landscape with its first foray into horror.  A young businessman, returning to his car after an office party, finds himself caught in a nightmare scenario when he innocently stomps on a balloon. Unfortunately, the parkade housing his car is populated by sinister clowns who don’t take kindly to stomped balloons.

Finally, Tiger Milk Collective will present a piece about memory, and Enlightenment Theatre will draw inspiration directly from its surroundings by presenting a situation in a parking garage. Which sounds like it might not be a big deal, but is it?

May 6 – 8 & May 11-15 at 8 pm

There will be a pay-what-you-can preview on May 5.

All performances take place at the Metro Parkade, 1070 W Pender St.

Tickets are $14-18, and are available at, or for cash only at the door.

At the Corner of Virtue and Sexmore
April 20, 2010

Producer William Maranda and Director Elizabeth McLaughlin tell us why we should see

At the Corner of Virtue and Sexmore

A Serendipitous Farce

Where the chase for virtue becomes a stampede of desire

Written by: William Maranda

Directed by: Elizabeth McLaughlin

Starring: Kate Bennison, J.P. McGlynn, Marita Eason, Matt Kennedy, Jeffrey Flieler, Meeshelle Neal and Patrick Germain

Produced by: William Maranda Productions (link)

Seven Characters find themselves at the same crossroads, in the same Hotel, desperate to change the path they are on but unsteady in the step they must take.

One man wants to hold a sex marathon. Another has never been kissed before. But when the celibate housewife wants nothing to do with him, he turns to the hotel’s recovering sex addict for help.

Meanwhile an old woman with her walker is preparing to die in her last orgasm and the hopelessly romantic librarian is trying to see the virtue in it all. All of this might be go un- noticed if it weren’t for the landlady, Della Casa, who keeps a close (but blind) eye on the ‘goings on’ of her once virtuous hotel. In the end, only one prophecy is clear,

“There will always be Action at the V&S!”

Studio 16

1545 West 7th Ave, at Granville

April 23 – May 7, 2010

Wed,Thurs,Fri,Sat @ 8pm Sat,Sun @ 2pm

Adult $18
Students/Seniors/Equity Members $16
Matinees $14

April 3, 2010

Performers Luisa Jojic, Kathleen Pollard, Simon Driver and Jordan Bodiguel tell us why we need to see


Written and directed by: Jeremy Waller

Starring: Luisa Jojic, Kathleen Pollard, Jordan Bodiguel, and Simon Driver

Presented by: Craning Neck Theatre (link)

How is trauma transmitted through time and blood?

Seeking revenge for years of abuse, Holick locks himself inside the physical manifestation of the trauma his father suffered during the Second World War. As his father’s psychosis becomes more dangerous, Holick becomes trapped in a phantasmagorical nightmare.

A story about personal catastrophe and communal redemption, Trunk, is written and directed by Jeremy Waller (director of last year’s controversial smash hit, Biographies of the Dead & Dying).

Trunk will transform Box Studios into an unhinged Alice in Wonderland world, totally immersing the audience in a site-specific location of the sub-conscious. The set, designed by Edith Artner and lit by Kyla Gardiner, will be constructed largely from moving scaffolding, giving Trunk a dynamic of height and depth to support Waller’s compelling, visual imagination. The production also features original music and soundscore by David Meshia.

Trunk is sexy, violent theatre that turns over the hard packed earth of our waking states and in the process examines the deepest secrets we carry.

April 9 – 17 8:00pm

Box Studios; 1622 Franklin Street (1 block west of Commercial & Hastings)

Tickets are $15.00. To reserve call 778 846 8776

Collected Stories
April 3, 2010

Director Mel Tuck tells us why we should see

Collected Stories: Two Women’s Tales of Love and Betrayal

Written by: Donald Margulies

Directed by: Mel Tuck

Starring: Karen Austin and Deborah English

In Collected Stories, we meet older, well-established writer Ruth Steiner, who begins to mentor a young student, Lisa Morrison, in post-Second-World War Greenwich Village. Over the next six years, we watch their relationship evolve from mentor and protégée to friend to adversary. In the end, is Lisa’s betrayal of Ruth a product of Ruth’s teaching, or her own callous heart?

“Everybody has been mentored – we seldom get to hear both sides of the story,” says Director Mel Tuck. Tuck is a long-time member of the Vancouver community, and has a respected professional career as an actor, director and teacher.

April 14-17th and 21-24th

8 pm at the PAL Theatre, at 3rd floor, 581 Cardero Street.

Tickets are $20 and on Wednesdays students and seniors are 2 for 1.

For tickets (604)633-1124 or email:

A Year With Frog and Toad
March 27, 2010

Artistic Director Carole Higgins and Performer Todd Talbot tell us why we should see

Book and Lyrics by WILLIE REALE


Based on the Frog and Toad children’s stories

written and illustrated by ARNOLD LOBEL

Featuring Todd Talbot as ‘Frog’ and Allan Zinyk as ‘Toad’.  With Darren Burkett, Janet Gigliotti and Kaylee Harwood

Directed by Carole Higgins

This amazing Broadway musical is coming to Vancouver! Following hot on the heels of two sold-out runs of Seussical, Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop, sing and dance their way from the page to the stage! Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad follows the cheerful and popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, these two great friends proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.

APRIL 17 – MAY 8, 2010

The Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street, on Granville Island

For Ages 2 +

No babes in arms.

TICKETS 604.685.6217 or click here to buy online.

Queen Lear
March 14, 2010

Director Colleen Winton tells us why we should see

Queen Lear

Presentation House Theatre, in association with Western Gold, are pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Eugene Stickland’s Queen Lear. The older generation has much to teach the younger generation about theatre… and life. Or is it the other way around? Queen Lear runs March 25-April 11 at Presentation House Theatre.

An accomplished aging actress, suffering a dearth of decent roles for older women, is cast in the title role in an all-female production of King Lear and, terrified that her memory will fail her, employs a young girl to help her memorize her lines. Text messaging meets iambic pentameter in this amusing and touching story about courage and the strength of spirit. Both women struggle with fear, loss and challenge, illustrating how time and experience both separate and unite them. This new play, featuring celebrated actor Shirley Broderick, newcomer Jennifer McPhee, and acclaimed cellist Peggy Lee, is not to be missed.

Queen Lear previews Thursday, March 25, and opens Friday, March 26 at 8 pm.

It then runs nightly (Sunday evenings and Mondays dark) through until April 11. There will be weekend matinees on Saturdays at 4, and Sundays at 2.

All performances are at Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver (3 blocks from the Seabus).

Tickets are $24 for Adults, $22 for Students/Seniors. All tickets are $2 more at the door, and $2 more on Friday and Saturday evenings. All seats for the preview are $12.

For tickets or more information, please call 604.990.3474 or email

February 19, 2010

Director Gillian Barber tells us why we should go check out


Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford, Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.

Directed by: Gillian Barber

Presented by: Capilano University (link)

Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful until city boy, Ren, arrives. Breaking every taboo, Ren brings dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar- and Tony-nominated top-40 score (Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It for the Boy and, of course, the title track Footloose), and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

March 25-27, and March 31-April 3 at 8 pm.

March 25 is the preview, and March 26 is opening.

There will also be matinees at noon on March 30 and 31, and at 2 pm on March 28 and April 3.

Tickets are $20/$14/$8.

Performing Arts Theatre at Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, in the Birch Building.

For more information, or to buy tickets, phone 604.990.7810 or email

February 18, 2010

James Foy and Michael Scholar Jr. tell us about the upcoming

HIVE is the stuff of theatrical legend in Vancouver. Sold-out shows at Chapel Arts in 2006 built the buzz. Sold-out shows at Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2008 amplified that buzz. Now HIVE returns for a third edition as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Grab a drink at the central bar then dive into the HIVE, where 12 theatrical inventions play continuously. The wildly distinct shows are short — up to 15 minutes; and for small audiences — from one person to a few dozen. After your exploration, get ready to party with bands from across Canada.

For a taste of HIVE and HIVE2 and info about HIVE3 visit

Under the banner of Progress Lab, 12 of B.C.’s most adventurous companies cross-pollinate and collaborate to create new directions in theatre. Together these companies have reshaped the landscape for contemporary live theatre in the Pacific Northwest in recent years. Their projects have appeared on major stages across Canada and the U.S., Europe, and Asia. They have exploded old notions of what a live theatre experience can be, and continue to create jaw-dropping evidence that Vancouver is a world leader in performance. HIVE celebrates this unique Vancouver scene in a fun,
friendly, provocative atmosphere.

For HIVE 3, Pi Theatre joins the group along with three mentee companies: November Theatre, GasHeart Theatre and Tigermilk Collective.

HIVE 3 presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and Boca del Lupo, Electric Company, Felix Culpa, Leaky Heaven Circus, neworldtheatre, The Only Animal, Pi Theatre, Radix, Rumble Productions, Theatre Replacement, Theatre Conspiracy and Theatre SKAM,

British Columbia Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Government of Manitoba, the Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Saskatchewan, and the City of Vancouver.

Eight late nights. Twelve hot theatre installations. Ten hot bands. One big party.
March 11 – 14 and 17 – 20, 7 p.m. ‘til closing.
The Centre for Digital Media, 577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
TICKETS: $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors CALL: 604 629 VTIX (8849)