Remember when we were children in math class and wondered how math would relate to the real world? Long Division, is a play that seeks to show us how math works its way into every aspect of our lives.
From April 26th to 30th, Pi Theatre presents a remount of Peter Dickinson’s Long Division, at the Annex Theatre. Directed by Pi Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Wolfe with choreography by Lesley Telford and a musical score by Owen Belton, the work combines multimedia and physical theatre to explore the mathematics of human connection.
“Math is a secret language hidden in plain sight. So much of what we see in the world around us
– traffic patterns, the growth of plants, our ubiquitous mobile devices – are governed by logic and patterns that can be expressed purely in numbers,” says Richard Wolfe.
Long Division’s story revolves around seven diverse characters who are traveling to a downtown bar on the occasion of a complicated anniversary. Despite their eclectic backgrounds, the Venn Diagram of their lives overlap in a singular, unresolved traumatic event that binds their pasts together.
Long Division is a play about the search to discover and understand all of the profound and painful ways we are tied to one another. In life, as in math, it is often difficult to see the patterns that link us, or the connections we make until we experience them from different angles.
This bold and innovative work demonstrates how the seven characters need each other, the audience, and a healthy dose of mathematical history and theory to find the answer to the question they all share.
Long Division runs April 26 – 30, 2017 at Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street. Tickets are available online at pitheatre.com/tickets
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre recently pulled back the curtain to reveal their 2017-2018 season line-up. A selection of classics and new works the season’s theme is Reflections in Time as the four mainstage productions are set in different eras of the past.
Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy says, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”
The mainstage season opens October 12, 2017 with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning A Little Night Music. Set at the turn of the 20th Century, A Little Night Music includes the Sondheim classic “Send In The Clowns”
Gateway Theatre’s signature Christmas show is always a treat for the family, this year Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol carries on the tradition December 7 – 24, 2017
February 15 – 24, 2018 sees a Canadian tale, Salt-Water Moon come to the mainstage. A love story set in 1926 Newfoundland with a paired down production by director Ravi Jain
The final mainstage production of the season, Nine Dragons, is a new work by Gateway Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. A gritty detective story, which Jovanni says was inspired by his love of mysteries in the Raymond Chandler theme.
The Gateway Theatre season also includes two Studio B productions. Sink or Swim, November 16 – 25, 2017 is another semi-autobiographical set of songs and stories from the great Beverley Elliott.
I Lost My Husband by Catherine Leger, March 15 – 24, 2018, is a comedy about Evelyn, who loses her husband but finds herself.
Season Ticket subscription packages are on sale now at gatewaytheatre.com/subscribe. If you subscribe before May 15th, you will be automatically entered to win a Helijet Getaway Package. If a Season Subscription is not for you, keep your eyes out for single show tickets to go on sale later in the year.
Returning for a second year of sips and suppers, Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival pops the cork April 21 – 23, 2017 throughout Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.
Harrison Uncorked brings together the village’s eateries with the region’s local wineries and farm fresh fare for three days of wine-makers dinners and tastings.
Uncorked by Day offers afternoons of tasting at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Fifteen local wineries are on hand for tastings with small bites by from Muddy Water Cafe with cheese & meat from FarmHouse Natural Cheeses and Hopcott Meats. Old Settler Liquor Store is on hand to help take home your favourite sips.
Tickets for Uncorked by Day are available online for $45 each day, with $5 going to support the Harrison Festival Society.
Uncorked by Night is a series of winemakers dinners in the restaurants in and around Harrison Hot Springs. Pairing a restaurant and winery for a tasted experience each evening of the Festival.
-Harrison Corner Cafe with Backyard Wines
-Morgan’s Bistro with Orofino Vineyards (Friday) and Kettle Valley Winery (Saturday)
-Rowena’s Inn on the River with Fort Berens Estate Winery
Reservations for Uncorked by Night are required and should be made directly with the restaurants.
Even though it’s #justuptheroad, to be able to fully enjoy Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, consider staying overnight at one of many great resorts and inns around Harrison Hot Springs.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is underway, ushering in the 2017 Music Festivals season.
Sasquatch! Festival is coming up on the US Memorial Day weekend, starting off the festival season in our corner of the continent.
Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)
Sasquatch! – George, WA May 26 – 28, 2017 – Multi-Genre – Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Change the Rapper, The Head & The Heart, MGMT, The Shins
Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Jack Johnson, Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.
Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Father John Misty, Midnight Oil, Spoon, John Butler Trio, Fleet Foxes
Vancouver’s Hardline Productions latest work, Redpatch, is a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the contribution and sacrifice made by Canada’s First Nations, Metis and aboriginal people.
With an all Aboriginal cast, Redpatch follows the a young Métis, Woodrow or Halfblood, played by co-writer Raes Calvert, who longs to be a warrior so volunteers for the battlefields of WWI, much to his Grandmother’s chagrin. Grandmother uses traditional stories to try to convince Woodrow that he doesn’t need to fight the “White Man’s War” to be a warrior. Through flashbacks we learn of his experiences in the ‘white school’ with his best friend Jonathan. In the battlefields of France, our young soldier endures the trenches, discrimination while becoming a standout scout. The mental and physical stress takes its toll, was this how he thought being a warrior was like?
Co-writer and director Sean Harris Oliver has kept the staging simple and imaginative, incorporating both modern and traditional aboriginal movements to weave the stories together. First Nations legends form a basis for the modern stories. To make sure the stories are faithfully told, Calvert and Oliver spent many hours in libraries and travelling to remote First Nations communities, including Nootka Island, where their fictional soldier calls home. For those of us growing up on the Coast the traditional stories are familiar, and with Vimy in the headlines, the production has a depth and history that makes it feel timeless.
Now playing at Studio 16, the intimacy of the theatre, allows the audience to feel like they’re part of the action. The only drawback is the rake of the seating makes some of the low movements on the floor difficult to see from some seats.
Redpatch runs until April 16th at Studio 17 in Le Centre Cultural Francophone Vancouver on West 7th Ave. Visit hardlineproductions.ca for more information and tickets.
Audience members should be aware that the production includes the use of artificial smoke/fog, flash and strobe lighting and explosions.
The hilarious team of Mom’s The Word returns to The Arts Club Theatre for the threequel – Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty.
Through the years, we’ve followed the moms, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nicol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams, as they experienced the trials and tribulations of becoming new parents, suffered through teenage tempers and hormones, and now they’re back with the kids grown and leaving the nest. After decades of being mom, see what happens when the kids are grown and fly the coop and maybe return. Do you rejoice, worry, or lament?
Even though the kids have moved out, the moms find they can’t stop being Mom. Their own lives keep moving on, and now they have to deal with aging, menopause, divorce, marriage challenges, libido changes, mental health and more. Just like real-life moms, Mom’s The Word 3 handles life’s challenges with wit, compassion, anger, beer and friendship. Along the way the audience is treated to some side-splitting humour, blunt advice, crass insights, hilarious musical interludes, grace and heart-wrenching emotion. Even the heavier story arc, surrounding Jill Daum and her husband John Mann’s challenges living with Alzheimers are handled with dignity and light.
Judging by the laughter and emotion from the audience, the play struck the right notes for the moms present. However, you don’t have to be a mom to enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, you just have to have one.
Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty plays at The Arts Club Theatre Company Granville Island Stage until May 6th.