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East Van Panto Returns With Alice In Wonderland November 24 – January 2

12 Nov

We are excited to hear that the East Van Panto is back for its 9th year! This year it’s a trip through the looking glass with a terribly bored Alice who follows a White Rabbit onto the Skytrain, she falls down a hole only to find herself in a Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland. While tracking this elusive bunny, she encounters transit police officers Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, a busking Cheshire Cat, gets some questionable advice from a cannabis connoisseur caterpillar, and has a heck of a time at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party. Once Alice discovers that the dastardly online mega-store owner, The Queen of Hearts, is using cookies (chocolate chip, that is!) to secretly steal East Van-ers data, she decides to stop her before all the local shops are priced out of existence!

The Cultch and Theatre Replacement are thrilled to welcome everyone back to live in person theatre at The York for all the fun. If you aren’t quite ready for attending in person, you also have the option of joining them online. To grab your tickets, visit The Cultch online. Online tickets start from $35 and in-person tickets from $69.

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson

Havana Theatre Hosts Funday In The Neighbourhood: A Night At The Museum June 17

12 Jun

It’s back baby! Live theatre that is at Havana Theatre located within Havana Vancouver, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is a great spot that features a variety of live performances including comedy, dance, drag, trivia and live podcasting. On June 17th they are officially back with an in person performance. The first performance in their line up is Fundays in the Neighbourhood: A Night at the Museum!

What is Funday in the Neighbourhood? If you ever wanted to see a show described as “Mr. Rogers after dark”? then this is the show for you. The show features local actor and comedian John Hannah who explores the ins, outs, peoples, places, vibes, moods and talents from around our neighbourhood, hint Commercial Drive. The show is co-hosted by a skeleton puppet named Slappy and musical director Julien Amar. Each performance is a little different and could feature a musical guest, a game show, epic music videos, stand up comedy, an introduction to bird watching, or even improv. Havana Theatre invites you to come on down and put a little FUN in your day. And honestly after the last year and a half, I think we could all use a little more fun. Tickets are $10 for a table for 2 and available through Showpass.

Award Winning PSS PSS Will Be At The York February 20 – March 4, 2018

13 Feb

PSSPSSInspired by Chaplin and Keaton, PSS PSS comes to the York Theatre February 20th to March 4th.  Compagnia Baccalà brings physicality and exquisite expression that is winning accolades the world over. The production has received 13 international prizes including the Cirque du Soleil prize.  This is an all ages show.  Tickets for kids (18 years and under) are $22. There are also family packs available for $125 for 2 adults and 2 children.  To get your tickets, visit The Cultch.

Check out what people are saying about PSS PSS:

Award-winning double act Baccalà Clown bow in triumph
The Independent

London international mime festival…have found gold…packed with ideas and ingenuity…outstandingly funny – The Stage

Hilarious possibilities of mishap and mayhem
The Herald

Instantly captivating…virtuoso comic clowning….a sheer delight to witness
Edinburgh Guide

Heart-stealing classic clowning at the very top of their game
The List 

After … Conversations After Sex at Havana Theatre Until April 5th

26 Mar

AfterCome join four people in their 20s and 30s, each at different stages in their lives, discuss life after sex. The discussions are part of play called ‘After’ now playing at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, until April 5th.  The play marks the world premiere of this originally-written work by Martha Herrera-Lasso. Her characters get themselves caught up in complicated, and sometimes, emotional and confusing conversations after sex. And really haven’t we all been there at some point with miscommunication and things taken out of context?  In this day and age, with ever changing norms and increasing expectations, the play promises an exploration into love in the modern day.  After is now on at the Havana Theatre until Saturday, April 5th. Tickets are available for $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.


Clue: The Musical At Havana Theatre February 20th – March 8th

17 Feb


Ghost Light Projects presents Clue: The Musical at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive.  All your favourite characters will be brought to life from this classic board game. On stage starting February 20th you will find Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock and Mr. Green.  Expect to find a funny twisted tale of crime and passion to music.  Each night you will see the demise of the victim, Mr. Boddy, but the question is in which room was the crime committed and with what weapon? The Detective played by Meggie McKinnon will help you uncover who the real killer is.   Best of all, this magical experience has 216 possible endings. Which one will you be there for?

Will it be Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room with the Candlestick? OR
Will it be Professor Plum in the Dining Room with the Rope?  OR
Will it be Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Revolver?  OR
Will it be Mrs. Peacock in the Kitchen with the Knife? OR
Will it be Mr. Green in the Conservatory with the Lead Pipe? OR ….

Find out for yourself and see Clue: The Musical which starts Thursday, February 20th with performances running Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm with special Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm until Saturday, March 8th. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is by general admission. Tickets are available from $20 – $40 at Brown Paper Tickets.

Uncle Vanya At The Cultch December 23 to January 14

23 Dec


Blackbird Theatre presents Uncle Vanya at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street starting December 23rd.  This is classical theatre with Anton Chekhov’s heart-wrenching 19th century masterwork rich in improbable love, yearning and folly. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor’s late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local Doctor, both fall under Yelena’s spell. 

Blackbird Theatre has received multiple Jessie awards and nominations since 2006 so you can be assured of a great performance.  Tickets start at $17. The show runs until January 14, 2014 with post show talkbacks on Dececember 29, January 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 2014. 

Theatre For The Living Presents “Corporations In Our Heads” at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

8 Oct

TheatreforLivingCorporations2The Theatre For The Living announces a BC/Alberta tour of “Corporations in Our Heads”.  This tour consists of 26 events in British Columbia with 7 around Vancouver. The project investigates how corporate messages are planted in our minds hundreds of times per day, in ways we may not even notice.  Many of the messages planted in our collective psyche tell us what to buy, how to feel, how to perceive and what kind of person we aspire to be and how we relate to the world around us. Corporations In Our Heads uses theatre to “evict” these messages with a desire to move to transformative action. There is no play, no actors and no script. They are touring a process in which the theatre comes from the audience each night. Corporations In Our Heads will be taking place at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway, on October 10th and 11th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by donation and RSVP is requested by emailing RSVP@theatreforliving.com.  You can learn more about Theatre for Living at www.theatreforliving.com or contact them at 604.871.0508.

Mind Games Starts October 3rd at Simply Delicious Galleria Sushi Lounge On Main

30 Sep


Aether Avenue presents Mind Games at Simply Delicious Galleria Sushi Lounge, 4316 Main Street, this Thursday, October 3rd.  Aether Avenue is a Vancouver based theatre group that focuses on elements of the extra dimensional and supernatural. They have a simple motto. Entice, Engage, Enthral. They promise that all their productions will fuel your imagination and peak your curiosity. Engage the audience, as every show is interactive. They will enthrall you with their riveting plots, compelling characters, and thought provoking stories of an abundant variety. They will explore the obscure, odd, and eccentric weaving tales that promise to captivate you. Their Thrilling Thursday Mind Game pays homage to the Twilight Zone. They tell fun, quirky stories, using elements of the supernatural with an ironic twist.

The show starts at 7:00 pm with seating beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at Eventbrite.  If you miss this week’s show, there will be further shows on October 10th, 17th and 24th.  If you are set on attending this event, advance ticket purchase is recommended. This production was wildly popular during a recent run at Falconetti’s on the Drive, but quickly outgrew the venue.  They have now moved this show to a larger venue, but if you want to be sure you have your spot, best get your ticket(s) in advance.

Children’s Hour Coming To Havana Theatre Sept. 19 – 28th

17 Sep


Ghost Light Projects presents a provocative drama beginning this Thursday, September 19th at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. Children’s Hour, originally written in 1934, was banned in five cities for its themes but found a home on Broadway.  Even though the topic of homosexuality was not permitted on Broadway at the time, audiences flocked to the show. The play examines the relationship between truth, power, and sexuality in a way that transcends the setting of the play. With school yard bullying, class privilege, and accusations of same sex desire providing the basis of this piece.

The journey of the Children’s Hour begins with a boarding school for girls run by Martha and Karen who have worked tirelessly and sacrificed to make their dream into a reality. Their vision is of an environment that fosters young women’s scholastic and personal development, readying them to enter a complex and changing world. However, a series of events leads one of the children to tell a vicious lie about the head mistresses. This act affected each of the characters in ways that will forever change them.

Directed by Randie Parliament and Greg Bishop, the production features a great line up of Vancouver talent.  Tickets range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Shows take place in the evenings at 8:00 p.m. with matinees on Saturday, September 21st and 28th at 2:00 p.m.

Don’t Forget Your Pants On Now At The Havana Theatre

18 Jul

Don'tForgetYourPantsShare Production brings you a fun filled comedy Don’t Forget Your Pants at the Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. This is an original play with colourful characters, witty dialogue and absurd situations. You follow the misadventures of four characters as they struggle to assert themselves in society.

The play contains three major narratives that weave together. After making a series of questionable decisions, Chauncey touches on a moral core that he has ignored for years. Lewis, neurotic and insecure, tests the limits of his relationship with Serena and his unreasonable demands.  Serena only wants to get married. Meanwhile, Todd, just wants a hug.

The play is satirical, comical and at times savage but is essentially light hearted fun. It deals with morality, friendship, loneliness and compromise in relationships. It is on now at Havana Theatre  until July 27th.  Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available through www.brownpapertickets.ca.

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