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PushOFF Artist-Run Curated Event Takes The Stage At The Russian Hall January 30 – February 4

13 Jan

PushOFF comes to the Russian Hall January 30 to February 4, 2023.  PushOFF is an independently produced artist-run curated platform featuring tour-ready work and projects in development. This hyper-local event fosters the artistic practices of a community of artists and allows them to share bold new work with Canadian and international audiences. Now in its 13th season PUSHoff will present live in-person shows at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, between January 30 to February 4, 2023. If you prefer to take in a performance from the comfort of home, you can check out their digital offerings at pushoff.org. Tickets range from $15 to $20 for in person and on-line shows. For more information, visit pushoff.org.

Beauty And The Beast An Immersive Cocktail Experience At Vancouver Alpen Club Until January 15th

3 Jan

Something different has landed in the space of the Vancouver Alpen Club (Victoria Ave & 33rd Avenue) this January.  Beauty and The Beast Cocktail Experience is now running until January 15th.   This is billed as an escape room, theatre show and adventure all blended into one.

The event is based on the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairytale. You are invited on a 90-minute journey that steps into the enchanted and cursed world of Beauty & The Beast.   The theme is an elegant Victorian cocktail party (dress-up is encouraged). You’ll be invited to dance, sample from the Castle’s finest delights (of the alcoholic and edible variety), but they say to be careful not to overstay your welcome to take anything that’s not yours – or you may not get home at all.  The event is bill as theatrical, alternate reality experience that dives into some magic and fantasy along with fabulous cocktails. The event is brought to you by the interactive team behind The Wizard’s Den, Beyond Cinema and The Alice. Tickets are $45 and available now at Explore Hidden.

The Daisy Theatre Is Back With A Twisted Retelling Of Romeo And Juliet ‘Little Willy’

7 Dec

The Daisy Theatre is back with their take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Little Willy. If you haven’t attended one of Ronnie Burkett’s shows, you are missing out on fun night out. Burlesque star Dolly Wiggler starts the show with an Elizabethan striptease in this riotously funny improvised mash-up of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. All the leading ladies of the Daisy ensemble battle for the role of Juliet, including faded diva Esme Massengill in a boozy interpretation of the lovesick ingénue.  Beloved audience favourites Schnitzel and Mrs. Edna Rural are back in supporting roles, and adding to the fun and mayhem, The Bard himself joins The Daisy Theatre cast for a twisted retelling of this timeless tale. Tickets start from $35 and are now available online at The Cultch. The production runs from January 10 – 29, 2023.   Tickets to this show would make a great gift of experience this holiday season.

Firehall Arts Centre Presents A Christmas Carol

21 Nov

The Firehall Arts Centre invites you to celebrate the holiday season with its presentation of A Christmas Carol from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 24, 2022. Sanjay Talwar plays all 40 characters in this one-version of the familiar tale produced by Blue Ridge Repertory Theatre.   Tickets start at $25 and are now on sale at the Firehall Arts Centre.

A Heart Wrenching Cabaret, The Cave, Hits The Stage at The Cultch November 10-20, 2022

26 Oct

The Cultch hosts a heart wrenching cabaret, The Cave, from Tomson Highway, music from John Millard and book from Martha Ross from November 10 – 20, 2022. It’s an important one to see that shows the climate crisis through the eyes of a group of animals trapped together in a bear’s cave as a forest fire draws near. As they await their inevitable demise, they sing. Their tales—reflections on their lives, their ‘lost garden,’ and their impending doom—slowly reveal the reality of a land exploited by humans. At times hysterically comical, at times dramatic and tragic, the four performers—Andrea Koziol, Derek Kwan, Alex Samaras, Maryem Tollar—sing seventeen stirring songs in English and Cree, playing abstractions of Bear, Moose, Beaver, Skunk, Snake, Wolf, Crow, and Fox. And presiding over everything, the cabaret is hosted by a wry and charming MC played by the composer, Millard, himself.

An online version of The Cave was part of The Cultch’s 2021 digital season. It was an immediate hit with critics and audiences alike, who expressed their desire to see it in person when it became possible. The newly staged in-person version comes to Vancouver with new animations.

“I was born and raised in a completely natural environment,” recalls lyricist Tomson Highway. “It was completely safe, and a blissful experience to live in that ‘garden’. And a true garden it was. Now, a half-century later, it is no longer safe to live up there. The reason? Forest fires. Hundreds of them every summer. In Fort McMurray’s fire some 2,000 people lost their homes. How many animals lost theirs? The destruction was, and is, gargantuan. That is to say, the current state of global warming is THEIR eviction from the garden. And it is ours.”

Tickets are available online now at The Cultch. What people are saying about The Cave:

“Messages on climate crisis delivered in a creatively charged cabaret that defies expectations” 
Janet Smith, Stir

“Playfulness abounds… But there are operatic thrills, too, and heartbreaking lyricism.”
Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

“The Cave is never preachy, always entertaining.”
Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

Photo Credit: Cassandra Popescu

Yaga – A Crime Thriller Comes To The Cultch October 27 to November 5, 2022

23 Oct

Just in time for Halloween, The Cultch hosts a crime thriller from October 27th to November 5th. Yaga is a play that features a mysterious disappearance and suspected murder of a college bad boy. The disappearance finds a small-town sheriff, a young private detective and a university professor with a taste for younger men into a labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic and multiple suspects. You are invited to check out this genre-bending crime thriller that we hear conjures up the dark magic of a wicked old witch, BabaYaga. Yaga will lead you on an unforgettable world of trickery and revenge. Tickets are on sale now and available online at The Cultch.

Bad Parent Premieres At The Cultch October 13-23

20 Sep

The Cultch and vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) present Bad Parent, a brand new play from renowned award-winning playwright, Ins Choi. Bad Parent will have its Vancouver premiere at The Cultch Historic Theatre, October 13-23, 2022. It was originally scheduled to run in the spring of 2022, but had to be postponed due to COVID.

The production features Norah and Charles who are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, is a billed as a hilarious new feel-good comedy from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim’s Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.

Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience. “There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why,” says playwright Ins Choi. “Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other’s needs and the needs of a newborn.”

Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works by some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada’s most famous contemporary playwrights continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. “Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realize how similar we all are,” says Choi. “Through stories, we’re entertained as a group and comforted to know we’re not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny.”

Bad Parent takes the stage in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from October 13 to 23, 2022.  Tickets start at $29 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

POSTPONED – Bad Parent Comes To The Cultch April 21 – May 1

11 Apr

Norah and Charles are trying to navigate their lives as parents of a toddler, but are figuring out who they are in relation to their son, to each other, and to the audience. Bad Parent, is a hilarious new feel-good comedy from Ins Choi, the creator of the hit CBC sitcom and play Kim’s Convenience, is an honest, no-holds-barred portrait of young parents struggling to find their way through the messy reality of parenthood.

Like all the best fiction, Bad Parent was born of true experience. “There was a turbulent time, early in our marriage, when my wife and I argued a lot. I began writing long unfiltered rants in an attempt to clarify how I was feeling and why,” says playwright Ins Choi. “Many years later, I came across those rants and felt sorry for that couple back then trying to make ends meet, meet each other’s needs and the needs of a newborn.”

Renowned award-winning Vancouver theatre company vAct has gained a reputation in the city for premiering groundbreaking works by some of the biggest names in Canadian theatre. They are one of the only theatre companies in the country to focus on Asian Canadian creators, and they have been responsible for creating and producing some of the most exciting theatre on Canadian stages. Bad Parent, the latest of their Mainstage productions, written by one of Canada’s most famous contemporary playwrights continues the legacy of telling great stories from incredible Asian Canadian talent. “Stories disarm by inviting us into the lives of others wholly different from ourselves only to help us realize how similar we all are,” says Choi. “Through stories, we’re entertained as a group and comforted to know we’re not alone both in our struggles and what we find funny.”

Bad Parent takes the stage in the Historic Theatre at The Cultch from April 21 to May 1, 2022.  Tickets start at $26 and are available online at The Cultch.

Photo: Emily Cooper

Firehall Arts Centre Presents Mary’s Wedding February 25 – March 13

21 Feb

The Firehall Arts Centre invites you to witness an unforgettable story of love and survival in their production of Mary’s Wedding. This is a play that weaves a theatrical spell of hope, regret, memory and dreams.

When Mary and Charlie – young, passionate, vulnerable, and impulsive – unexpectedly take shelter in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times.


Mary’s Wedding is written by Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte and directed by Donna Spencer, the Firehall’s production of this award-winning script features two teams of performers: Sarah Roa (Mary) and Tanner Zerr (Charlie); and Emma Ross (Mary) and Jacob Leonard (Charlie). This play is an in person production with Covid safety protocols in place. To purchase tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

The Cultch Presents Beautiful Man February 24 – March 5

20 Feb

The Cultch presents Beautiful Man, from Pi Theatre, at the Historic Theatre, February 24 – March 5, 2022.

Governor General Award-winning playwright Erin Shields’ Beautiful Man examines traditional gender roles as they are portrayed in popular media, and turns them on their head. In this satirical play, three women chat about the Hollywood movies they have been watching. Only, in the world of Beautiful Man, men are the objects, while women are the subjects. From genre to genre—everything from cop shows to greek tragedies—the absurdity of traditional conventions are brought to the surface. Beautiful Man not only mocks the media’s representation of women, it exposes the underlying violence of objectification with a sharp wit.

Vancouver’s Pi Theatre has made a reputation producing plays that are “intellectually alive and emotionally charged.” In business since 1984, and under the leadership of Richard Wolfe since 2008, they have produced over 100 shows, and been awarded 34 Jessie Awards. “I chose to produce Beautiful Man here in ‘Hollywood North’,” says Wolfe, “because I feel Erin Shields’ relevant play takes an incisive look at how capitalism packages bodies, most often women’s bodies, and sells them as mere objects of entertainment.” Chosen specifically for the task of directing, Keltie Forsyth feels that rage is a powerful tool. “I have shared that rage many times in my life. As has every femme person I know,” she says “… In this piece, Shields finds a way to channel her rage and use it to target the ways the media feeds and upholds patriarchal structures.” Part of The Cultch’s fifth annual Femme Festival, Beautiful Man brings a powerful feminist perspective. Here’s what people are saying about Beautiful Man:

“Erin Shields’s Beautiful Man is a razor-sharp satire that hilariously skewers the tropes of female characters in film and TV.”
Samantha Edwards, Now Toronto

“Shields is a very talented, intelligent, and funny writer with a powerful message”
Ilana Lucas, Mooney on Theatre

“Beautiful Man is a deeply insightful criticism of gender roles enforced by society through the media we consume…”
Isabella Perrone, Broadway World review 

“[Shields is] still writing directly in dialogue with contemporary culture, getting inside it, wrestling with it, taking the royal piss and then throwing it down.”
The Star


This is an in person production with Covid-19 protocols in place. To purchase your tickets, visit The Cultch.

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

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