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JUNE 2024 | VOLUME 240

 

JUNE 3-16

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US: VANCOUVERPLAYS TURNS 20!

Surely it can’t really have been that long. But this is Volume 240—one per month. Do the math! And just to be sure I’m not hallucinating, I checked our Archives and found nearly 50 reviews from 2004. So it must be true. What a long, strange trip it’s been. I’ve been privileged to see over 1000 plays, to watch our theatre ecology grow and change, to track the careers of so many amazing theatre artists, and to be part of a vibrant, talented, hard-working community that does so much for such relatively little compensation.

I have so many people and organizations to thank. First, CBC Radio, for dissolving the theatre column on The Afternoon Show in 2003, along with my freelance position as theatre critic after 17 years, to be replaced by a sex column (I kid you not). That spurred me to create my own online theatre forum, which I could never have done without the brilliant design concepts of Linda Malloy, who also acted as our superb webmistress for the site for the next dozen years or so, succeeded by current super-webmaster Tim Li. Thanks to Lin Bennett for her sage advice on how to monetize the site so we could at least break even and give local companies an inexpensive means of advertising. (Welcome back home to Vancouver, Lin!) Of the few people besides myself who have reviewed for the site, I owe special thanks to Alan Twigg and Angie Rico for their terrific work. Thanks to the Arts editors of The Province and Vancouver Sun who have let me review for their papers while carrying on with Vancouverplays, especially Dharm Makwana and my wonderful current editor, Aleesha Harris. All the theatre companies who have advertised with us and kept us afloat all these years—thank you so very much. And to my devoted fellow theatre critics who have kept beavering away as long as I have—Jo Ledingham, Colin Thomas, Kathleen Oliver—thank you, brother and sisters. And to everyone who has visited the site, read our theatre news, previews and reviews, and kept our meter at the bottom of the pages clicking so that we are about to reach 1.7 MILLION total visitors, THANK YOU ALL!

I look forward to celebrating our next big anniversary with all of you. Meanwhile, go see a play.

Sad news. My good friend and former UBC colleague Tony Dawson died on June 2 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Tony was a great lover of the theatre. A Harvard PhD,he was a well-known Shakespearean scholar with many books and editions on Shakespeare and Renaissance theatre, and served as President of the American Shakespeare Association for a term. Tony was involved in the founding of Touchstone Theatre in the 1980s and consulted in the early days of Bard on the Beach. He also performed in many Frederic Wood Theatre shows at UBC. Tony Dawson was 82. When his memorial is announced, I’ll let everyone know time and place.

See our On Now page for everything running through mid-June. Be sure to look for the BUY TICKETS buttons. Plot out your theatregoing through mid-July with the offerings on our Coming Soon page.

Theatre lovers, theatre students, theatre historians and casual readers are invited to browse our ARCHIVES pages. Read 1000+ reviews of what you may have seen or missed over the past two decades of Vancouver-area theatre.

Important Note: The BUY TICKETS button on our PREVIEW and REVIEW pages is strictly a convenience for theatregoers. Click on the button and get direct access to the company’s box office for that show. Vancouverplays gets no cut or commission from your ticket purchase. 100% of the money goes directly to the theatre company.

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival takes place June 1-30 with a variety of events at the Roundhouse Community Centre and other venues.https://queerartsfestival.com/

Congratulations to Corey Payette and Urban Ink. Their film adaptation of his stage musical Les Filles du Roi has been nominated for 8 Leo Awards (BC’s film awards), including Best Picture, Best Direction for Corey, and Best Lead Performance for both Kaitlyn Yott and Julie McIsaac. Wow! https://urbanink.ca/project/les-filles-du-roi/

Theatre Replacement invites applications for its Accelerator Lab International Fellowship. Deadline June 3. Info https://www.theatrereplacement.org/accelerator-lab

Western Gold Theatre invites you join them to Raise a Little Heel—a Fluevog fundraiser for the company, June 13, 6-9 pm, at Fluevog’s Gastown store, 65 Water St. Live entertainment, snacks and door prizes. 50% of all shoe sales go to WGT. Tickets $10 at https://westerngoldtheatre.tickit.ca/events/24575.

North Van’s Presentation House Theatre celebrates its donors and volunteers at Backstage BBQ, June 27, 4:30 pm at the theatre. https://www.phtheatre.org/

The Cultch’s 2024-25 season looks to be its usual eclectic mix of 15 shows with a strong dose of Indigenous performance and a new play from the great Ronnie Burkett. https://thecultch.com/ticket-packages/#shows

The Arts Club has announced its 2024-25 season, skewed towards musicals, old chestnuts and new work. https://artsclub.com/season-tickets/packages

United Players’ five-play 2024/25 season includes Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband plus a musical from Lucia Frangione and a Québécoise play in translation with Ruby Slippers Theatre. https://unitedplayers.com/product/2024-2025-season-tickets/

Pacific Theatre’s five-play 2024/25 season includes a new adaptation of The Hobbit, a new one-man show by Kim’s Convenience playwright Ins Choi, and a remount of Western Gold’s excellent A Doll’s House Pt. 2. https://pacifictheatre.org/2024-25/

Metro Theatre announces an 8-play season of mysteries, comedies, musicals and a panto. https://metrotheatre.com/season-20242025

Carousel Theatre for Young People will have a 4-play season including adaptations of classics The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Stuart Little. https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/season2425

UBC Theatre has announced an abbreviated 3-show season. www.theatrefilm.ubc.ca

Theatre Replacement’s summer camps for kids, PantoLand + PantoTown,are available for registration. https://www.theatrereplacement.org/panto-pantoland-and-pantotown

The Improv Centre is offering classes in improv at all levels. For info and registration, go HERE.

Carousel Theatre for Young People offers summer drama camps for kids, pre-teens and teens ages 3-17. https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/dramaschool

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre Academy is offering acting and musical theatre classes for kids ages 6-7. https://gatewaytheatre.com/academy

Perry Ehrlich’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! musical theatre camps for kids ages 9-19 are available in monthly sessions, July and Aug., at the Jewish Community Centre. Info and applications at https://www.jccgv.com/perry-ehrlichs-gotta-sing-gotta-dance/.

Thanks,

Jerry

 

 

THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews