Laugh with the Christmas Queen at Vancouver TheatreSports

christmas_queen_webUntil December 21st, find the spirit of Christmas at the Improv Centre on Granville Island as Vancouver TheatreSports presents The Christmas Queen, an improv comedy fairy tale. Told in the style of a classic British Holiday Pantomime, Christmas Queen included the narrator and villain along with the usual comedic cast of characters you expect from Vancouver TheatreSports.
As always with improv, it can be a different show every night as the casts alternate and the audience reacts and interacts uniquely with each twist and turn in the show.
Make a whole night of it and upgrade your ticket for just $5 to see the following show and then take your ticket to supporting restaurants around Granville Island for discounts on your aftershow meal.

Vancouver TheatreSports League is located at Vancouver Improv Centre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Visit vtsl.com for tickets and information on The Christmas Queen and other shows.
Follow them on Twitter @VanTheatreSport and Facebook.com/VanTheatreSport

 

The Arts Club Theatre – Venus In Fur

venus-in-furThe Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage got the 50th Anniversary Season underway this week with the opening of Venus In Fur. Venus In Fur is a David Mackay directed production of David Ives’ Tony Award winning play.

The play opens on Thomas, played by Vincent Gale, in a sparsely decorated, brick-walled studio space complaining to his fiance, over his mobile phone, about the inability to find the right actress for his adaptation of Venus In Fur.  As he’s about to leave in walks Vanda, a loud brassy profane blonde bombshell who at first glance seems to be the complete opposite of Thomas’ prayers. Over the course of her audition, whether she is or isn’t is left up to the viewers interpretation as the line between the play within the play is blurred. Played by Lindsey Angell, Vanda is a scenery chewing role that could easily swing into overacting but Angell holds a fine balance between comedy and farce, and, sexy and trashy.

Billed as “A Kinky Comedy”, the two person play lives up the the billing but just how kinky and how much comedy depends on personal perception. From my point of view, I didn’t feel it was too kinky but had plenty of laughs but I’m sure many people would have been scandalized by the amount of profanity, slinky costume on Angell as well as perceived and stated sexual content. I heard a few comments after the play, from my friends and others, that the jumping between the play-within-the-play and the play itself caused some confusion and broke the tension. Occasionally, the larger laughs would drown out the next line of dialogue making it hard to keep up with the scene.  Overall,  it was a thoroughly enjoyable performance from two strong actors who keep the 90 minutes from ever seeming long or unnecessary, everything is poured onto the stage.

Venus In Fur runs at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until November 2nd, 2013. Visit ArtsClub.com for tickets and showtimes.
Follow The Arts Club on Twitter @TheArtsClub or Facebook.com/ArtsClub to keep up to date with The Arts Club Theatre.

Get ready for a ‘Throwdown’ at Vancouver TheatreSports League

throwdown_webTonight, Vancouver TheatreSports League debuts its latest show – THROWDOWN – a knockout, dragging, kicking, laughing bout of improv. Playing Thursday, Friday, Saturday in the 7:30pm spot, Throwdown pits two teams against each other in a round robin match of improv games, each team trying their best and using sometimes questionable antics to win over the referee and audience with the usual ensuing laughter. Audience participation is always part of TheatreSports but at last nights preview we witnesses two audience members join the teams for the two deciding rounds of the games.

Held at the Vancouver Improv Centre on Granville Island, at trip to a TheatreSports show makes a great evening out, dinner on the Island or maybe a pre-show cockail in the Neil Macrae Bar in the Centre (you’re even encouraged to bring your drink into the theatre), then a lot of laughs. If you’re in the mood for more, you can easily upgrade your ticket to include the following 9:15pm show for just a few dollars more.

Vancouver TheatreSports League is located at Vancouver Improv Centre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. Visit vtsl.com for tickets and information on Throwdown and all their many shows. Follow them on Twitter @VanTheatreSport and Facebook.com/VanTheatreSport

Picks Of The Week – August 28, 2013

It’s Labour Day weekend already, hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Let’s pack in some fun for the last long weekend of the season!

Whitecaps BC Place
Watch the Whitecaps under BC Place

PNE: Summer Concert Series plus loads more fun is still tap as the PNE,  this week – Big Wreck, Martina McBride, REO Speedwagon, Lights and Loverboy wrap up the season

Bard: There’s just a couple weeks left before Bard On The Beach Shakespeare Festival closes for another season, on Monday night Sept 2nd join in the special event Operas & Arias Viva Verdi as the UBC Opera Ensemble take over the mainstage at the Bard Village.

Blues: Legendary blues man Jim Byrnes closes out the season of Enchanted Evening Concerts at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden on Friday evening at 7:30

Pigskin: BC Lions roar into BC Place to take on Hamilton TigerCats on Friday night at 7pm

Comedy: Bring the laughs as comedian Brian Regan tickles the funny bone at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts on Friday night at 8pm

Trio: Head out to the Kozmik Zoo on Broadway for a three for one of folk/rock as Mississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty, with Billy Manzik, and Jimmy Baldwin get your feet tapping at 8pm

Concert: In the Park at Ambleside head out for a beautiful night of sights and sounds with FUN. and Tegan & Sara supported by The Mowgli’s and Gold & Youth, on Saturday starting at 4pm

Kicks: Desperate for a MLS playoff berth the Vancouver Whitecaps must win as they take on Chivas USA at BC Place on Sunday September 1st at 4pm

Drag: Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni Alaska Thunderf*ck struts into Five-Sixty for MoneyShot on Sunday night

Afterhours: Keep your weekend going late night at Gorg-o-mish for United: Labour Day with DJ Tony Moran doors open at midnight

 

 

 

 

Picks Of The Week – July 24, 2013

I hope you’re enjoying this long streak of sunny weather don’t forget to come in from the sun and enjoy a few of the great activities in the City.

Arts: Take Pride in Art as the Roundhouse Community Centre plays host to the Queer Arts Festival visual arts exhibits until August 9th.

Laugh: Comedian, radio/tv host and actor Adam Carolla brings his one-man show to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday July 26th

Rock: Don’t hurry, RUSH, spend an evening with the iconic Canadian rock trio at Rogers Arena on Friday July 26th

Race: Take a trip around the world as Teams embark on The Amazing Improv Race until August 31st, just one of the hilarious shows at Vancouver Theatre Sports League

Run: Get out and hit the pavement at Lumberman’s Arch Saturday morning for the annual Pride Run & Walk

Pop: If you hear thousands of high pitched squeals and screams on Saturday night, don’t worry it’s just One Direction fans welcoming their idols to Rogers Arena July 27

Blast: Look up and watch the sky come alive with fireworks as the annual Honda Celebration Of Light takes over English Bay for three nights; July 27, 31 and Aug 1. Find a spot along the beaches and seawall or pre-book your prime view from the bleachers at the YVR Observation Deck.

Benefit: Vancouver Fanclub welcomes The Imperial Collective with local artists Nicki B, Crosslegged Willies and STRIP and benefiting the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society

Soccer: Our Whitecaps FC play host to Philidephia Union as they attempt to bounce back from their road loss in LA last weekend.

On Sale: Some great talent coming to town with tickets going on sale this Friday July 26: R&B crooners John Legend (Nov 24, Orpheum Theatre), British rockers Noah And The Whale (Sept 27, Vogue Theatre), country music’s Lee Brice (Aug 9, Commodore Ballroom) or for something a little harder edged Monster Magnet (Nov 23, Rickshaw Theatre)

 

 

Picks Of The Week: May 29, 2013

Hard to believe May is almost over! How will we wrap up the month and begin June?

Children: Family fun and entertainment abound as the Vancouver International Children’s Festival fills Granville Island with laughter, play and fun until June 2nd

Blues Caravan – June 2nd at Vancouver FanClub

Show: It’s always a great time when Foals comes to perform add in some great support from Surfer Blood and you’ll have a super show this Thursday May 30th, at The Commodore Ballroom.

Friends: Head to Celebrities Nightclub to help Friends For Life celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Actor/Comedian Alec Mapa joins the festivities and raises a glass to toast the organization for two decades of delivering care and compassion to the community. Tickets $30 in advance / $40 at the door

Bhangra: Vancouver International Bhangra Festival fills Metro Vancouver with the sounds and sights of Bhangra as dance troupes from around the world gather from May 30 – June 8th.

Blues: Head to Vancouver FanClub on June 2nd for this year’s Blues Caravan – an annual tour featuring a revolving group of performers from Denmark’s Ruf Records. This year, Canadian Jimmy Bowskill joins Bart Walker from Nashville and British Blues singer Joanne Shaw Taylor for a night of great music. Tickets are $20 in advance

Circus Party: The Queen Of The East, Isolde N Barron, brings The Electric Circus to The Cobalt on Saturday June 1st for some 90’s fun with DJ Kasey Riot and G-Luve.

Jazz: West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Theatre holds it’s annual fundraiser with special guest Holly Cole on Friday night May 31st.

Stand-up: TV and comedy legend Bill Cosby is sure to fill the house with laughter when he performs two shows at River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night, June 1st.

Clowning: Mump & Smoot In Something is now onstage at The Cultch. The Canadian clown duo wrap up their darkly, adult comedy show this weekend June 2nd.

 

CelticFest Vancouver 2013

Can you hear the pipes? Starting this weekend you should be hearing a lot of pipes and Irish jigs around Vancouver as Celtic Fest gets under way.
The celebration of Celtic heritage kicks off this Saturday March 9th with free entertainment and family fun at The Village at False Creek (Olympic Village) from noon until 5pm. Then follow up with some laughs at Vancouver Fanclub for Celtic Comedy Night featuring Irish comedian Brendan Grace, from 7pm.
Celtic_parade-map-2013Entertainment and activities take over the entire week leading up to Mahoney & Son’s Celtic Village taking over Granville Street between Robson & Nelson. Taking over the street March 16 & 17th, Celtic Village features a Street Market, food vendors, Tom Lee Music Workshops, concerts on the Doolin’s Stage and more fun at Kid’s Celtic Corner. The weekend culminates in the 9th Annual Celtic Fest Parade on March 17th at 11am.  Pipers and Drummers lead the charge as Celtic dancers, musicians, stilt walkers, vintage cars, drill teams and more will wind their way from the corner of Howe & Davie Streets along Howe to Georgia Street, wrapping up at Georgia and Granville Streets.

 

Celtic Festival Vancouver runs March 9 – 17, 2013.
For information on the full event schedule visit celticfestvancouver.com
While many events are free,  tickets are required for some comedy and concert events