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JAN 16-29

PuSh, Ronnie, Fiddler and Much More

We enter one of the busiest periods of the theatre year with the PuSh Festival, a touring Fiddler on the Roof, and new plays by Ronnie Burkett, Hiro Kanagawa, Aaron Craven, and Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith leading the way. COVID and the flu have not turned out to be major impediments this winter so far, and things are looking good for a bounce-back season for most everyone. As long as I don’t jinx it!

Check out our On Now page for all the shows running this month. Be sure to look for the BUY NOW ticket buttons. Take a look ahead, too, at the rich theatre offerings through February on our Coming Soon page.

Attention theatre lovers, theatre students, theatre historians—amateur or pro—and even casual readers: browse our ARCHIVES pages to read reviews of what you may already have seen, or missed, over the last two decades of Vancouver-area theatre.

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Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents a series of free readings of plays in progress at the Roundhouse Community Centre: life, so far by Keshia Palm, Jan. 17; Zaboon by PantheaVatandoost, Jan. 18,; Surrender by Jesse Liang, Jan. 19. All readings at 7 pm. https://vact.ca/free-rsvp-to-our-msg-readings-jan17-19/

Fabulist Theatre is holding auditions for Equity and non-Equity actors, Jan. 21-22, for its Or Festival of 10-minute plays, to be staged Mar. 8-11 at Jericho Arts Centre. Send resume and headshot to Act@OrFestival.com by Jan. 20. www.OrFestival.com

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with a staged reading of the play Bun Fun New Year, Jan. 21, 10-11:30 and 1-2:30, for ages 4-9. Tickets $8 at https://gatewaytheatre.com/lny?dm_i=7EZ2,64ZV,2ST6QF,UL1Y,1.

Ruby Slippers Theatre’sAdvance Theatre Festival 2023 runs at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Jan. 29-Feb. 3 & Feb. 16-17. Info: https://www.rubyslippers.ca/. Tickets: https://tickets.shadboltcentre.com/TheatreManager/1/online?event=0.

Theatre Replacement and Company 605 present PushOFF, an artist-run curated platform of tour-ready work and projects in development, live at the Russian Hall and online at www.pushoff.org, Jan. 30-Feb. 4. $15-$35 at https://www.pushoff.org/registration

Ruby Slippers invites submissions for its Advance Theatre Festival, 2023/24, in conjunction with Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Five new plays written and directed by female-identifying and gender-nonconforming IBPOC playwrights and directors will be rehearsed, promoted and workshopped, artists’ fees included. Playwrights should send a synopsis, brief bio and max 10-page script excerpt; Directors send resume and cover letter: info@rubyslippers.ca. Deadline May 15.

Théâtre la Seizième has appointed Cory Haas its new Artistic and Managing Director, succeeding Esther Duquette, who has held those positions since 2016. Vancouverplayswishes Cory and Esther all the best for their creative futures. 

The Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) has launched the CALTAC Artist Database, a list of professional Latinx theatre artists who work across Canada. https://caltacdatabase.ca/.

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre Academy is offering year-long and sessional acting and musical theatre classes for ages 6-18. https://gatewaytheatre.com/academy

Registration is now open forCarousel Theatre for Young People’s is holding spring drama classes, April-June 2023, for ages 3-17. Info and registration at https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/drama-school/.

Please stay healthy. Get COVID-boosted and get your flu shot!

Take care,



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