Throne and Games – The Last Laugh at VTS

This week it’s been difficult to avoid talk about the Lannisters, Starks, and Targaryens. Vancouver TheatreSports is jumping into the pop culture battle with their own unique show Throne and Games – The Last Laugh.

A satirical parody, loosely based on the wildly popular HBO’s TV series of a similar name. This instalment marks the last ‘season’ in VTS’ comedy trilogy, which began in 2015 with Throne and Games – Laughter is Coming and continued with Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow in 2016.

Starting April 26th, Throne and Games – The Last Laugh will feature some familiar characters along with a myriad of unexpected plot twists as suggested by the audience. Because of this key element, no two performances can be the same. As in its TV inspiration, the audience has no idea what to expect next…and neither do the VTS master improvisers.

With a new scenario mapped out by popular ensemble members Graeme Duffy and Denise Jones, a murderous cast of characters, an innovative set by Mo Sherwood and more plot twists than the original TV show, this all-new VTS production comes with a severe hilarity warning: attendance could lead to sore sides from laughing.

Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throne and Games – The Last Laugh runs at The Improv Centre on Granville Island every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm from Friday, April 26 to Saturday, June 15, 2019. Ticket prices start at $10.75 and are on sale now at www.vtsl.com.

Come see for yourself which of the characters will have the last laugh and sit triumphant on the Iron Throne?

Picks of the Week – February 20, 2019

As we come to the final weekend of February, we’re usually thinking of spring but this weather has us wanting to stay indoors, good thing this week’s picks have lots to bring us through the doors.

Vancouver TheatreSport Improv Voyage

Ahoy!: For one night only, February 21st, Vancouver TheatreSport is transformed into a comedy Cruise Ship for Improv Voyage, a 3 hour tour de force fund raiser for VTSL.

Opera: The stellar sets Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème, really make you feel like you’re visiting 1920’s Paris, catch it for yourself for the last performances February 21 & 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Chopin: Early Music Vancouver welcomes German pianist Tobias Koch for a pair of shows at Christ Church Cathedral; Chopin-The Last Concert on February 22, and The Polish Romantics on February 23.

#YaaasAnd: QueerProv brings a pair of improv comedy games to The Junction on Wednesday night; QueerProv at 7:30pm then On This Day at 9:30pm

Comedy: JFL Northwest continues to bring the world of comedy to stages and venues around Vancouver until February 23rd.

Dolly: It’s your last chance to catch the crafty Dolly Levi in action as she manipulates the love lives other characters’ in The Matchmaker (the inspiration for the iconic musical Hello Dolly!) at The Arts Club Theatre Company Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 24th.

Crime: Also closing this week, Torquil Campbell delivers a tour de force performance in the criminal biographical play True Crime at the Arts Club Theatre Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.

Release: Composer and pianist Vede Hille presents a one night only concert to celebrate the release of the cast album of her King Arthur’s Night, hosted by Niall McNeill and Marcus Youssef on February 24th at The Cultch Historic Theatre

Children of God

Festival: The 18th Talking Stick Festival is now on, celebrating Indigenous art, music, dance and culture throughout the city until March 2nd.

Musical: Part of Talking Stick Festival, Corey Payette’s Children of God is playing at The Cultch York Theatre until March 10th

Home: The 2019 BC Home & Garden Show fills BC Place Stadium with all things for your home renovations, spring gardening and more, February 20 – 24.

Memories: In recognition of Black History Month, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts brings No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks to the Chan Shun Concert Hall on February 24th

HipHop: Friday night at Rogers Arena join Snoop Dogg & Friends including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt and Luniz for what’s sure to be a hazy evening of hip-hop and rap.

Pucks: Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena for a pair of games against Arizona Thursday evening and New York Islanders on Saturday

Make it a date night at Vancouver TheatreSports

Valentine’s Day is coming and Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is ready to make date night hilarious with Romance Week from February 5 to 14, 2019.

VTS Romance Week

Cupid’s arrows bring love and laughter to The Improv Centre and straight to lovers’ hearts. Solo patrons may even a suitable single to bond with over titillated teehees. It’s common knowledge that romance thrives when sprinkled liberally with laughter.  Vancouver TheatreSports has been the spot for many first dates and there have even been some marriage proposals made during shows. 

So forget the boring box of chocolates for Valentine’s and bring your someone special for a week of ‘improv and chill’ as VTS celebrates with three special shows for Romance Week. 

The talented improvisers of VTS will win your heart and put the ‘ha-ha’ in ‘Ha-ha-ppy’ Valentine’s with the following shows:

  • Love Matches – classic TheatreSportsTM matches with a romantic twist.
  • Love Unscripted – an improvised rom-com celebrating all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you’d expect to see in any romantic comedy as suggested by the audience.
  • Red Hot Improv – taking its cue from today’s hook-up culture. If you think OK Tinder is steamy, you’ll want to swipe left on Red Hot Improv’s xxx-rated hilarity. (NC17)

Romance Week ‘climaxes’ with My Funny Valentine – VTS’ special Valentine’s Day event on Thursday, February 14 – which will be hosted by none other than Cupid along with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. My Funny Valentine features an all-out love battle of epic proportions as three ‘improv couples’ duke it out in an audience-inspired competition to prove that love conquers all. This full evening event will also include special roving characters, a ‘Love Astrologer’ who will check your ‘Love Chart’ (are your sun signs compatible?), personalized improvised love sonnets you can take with you, and drink specials such aspersonal-size bottles of sparkling Henkell Rosé.

Romance week isn’t just for couples, grab your single friends and celebrate your friendships on a fun night out. Memories created by an evening of laughter will last a lot longer than any bouquet of roses.

Create your memories as Vancouver TheatreSports presents Romance Week, Tuesday February 5 to Thursday February 14, 2019, at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. 
Ticket prices start at $10.75 (cheaper than chocolates!) and are available online at vtsl.com.

Picks of the Week – January 9, 2019

The holidays have past but still a few remnants of the season live on to keep up feeling a bit festive into January

Lake: This week is the last to visit Harrison Hot Springs Village’s Lights on the Lake sasquatch-themed illuminations.

Lights: Hop the Millenium SkyTrain Line to Lafarge-Douglas Station and enjoy the last weeks of Metro Vancouver’s largest winter light display – Lights at Lafarge until January 20th.

Laughs:  with a new year, comes a new venue for Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe, as they move Queerprov Fruit Bowl  to The Junctioni for an evening of laughter tonight, Jan 9th

Bowie: The 4th Annual Bowie Ball – A Celebration of the Life & Music of David Bowie brings an evening of bands benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society to the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday night

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks return to home ice, hosting Arizona Coyotes, on Thursday January 10th

Soul: British alternative R&B singer NAO takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday with her funky vocals

The Full Light Of Day
photo: Don Lee

Electric: The Electric Company Theatre, in association with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, presents the world premiere of a provocative new work, The Full Light of Day, at the Vancouver Playhouse from January 7 – 12

Comedy: Just For Laughs Presents Bert Kreischer – Body Shots World Tour for two shows at The Vogue Theatre on Sunday, at 7pm and 9:30pm

Improv: Beat those post-Holiday blahs by beating it with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Warriors: Saturday night at Rogers Arena, Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse host the Saskatchewan Rush.

Country: Before it takes off on a USA Tour, get a preview of the story behind country music’s biggest love story as Kitty Night Productions Johnny and June a toe tappin’ musical story of June and Johnny Cash on January 12th at Biltmore Cabaret

 

 

Picks of the Week – January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We hit 2019 running away with more Vancouver entertainment picks of the week.

Lights: It’s your last chance to view the Canada’s North light display and the historic Woodward’s department store windows as Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event, until tomorrow January 3rd, 2019.

Ladies Dancing at Burnaby Village

Village: Celebrate a Heritage Holiday with traditions from a century ago at Heritage Christmas presented by Concord Pacific at Burnaby Village Museum until Friday January 4th.

Comedy: The Vancity Comedy Extravaganza brings laughter to the Vogue Theatre Stage on Friday, January 4th

Bright: Bring a twinkle to their eyes, as Bright Nights at Stanley Park brings a twinkle to the park and miniature train until January 5th

IIHF World Junior Hockey

Hockey: the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships 2019, moves into the knock-out rounds in Vancouver and Victoria heading to the medal games on January 5th.

Garden: Sunday, January 6th is your last day to wander through the spectacular Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Improv: Starting tonight, beat back the winter blahs with laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Throwdown – International Theatresports Festival, until January 27th.

Picks of the Week – December 26, 2018

Boxing Day is filled with activity as people hit the after-Christmas sales but if you’re not ready to brave the crowds and hustle of shopping, there’s plenty of festival entertainment to wrap up your week

Hockey: the holiday hockey tradition, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships 2019, unfolds in Vancouver and Victoria starting today, until January 5th.

Life: Look in on the life of George Bailey as Gateway Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, a new musical adaptation featuring tunes from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, running until December 31st

Pride: Catch the follow up to Pride & Prejudice with Miss Bennet : Christmas at Pemberley at The Arts Club Granville Stage until December 30

Dorothy & friends are off to see the Wizard in
East Van Panto – Wizard of Oz
photo: Emily Cooper

Wiz: Take off to see the Wizard as The Cultch and Theatre Replacement present East Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz at the York Theatre until January 6th

Date: Until December 30, spend your date night watching Blind Date at The Arts Club Goldcorp Stage, each night is a unique show as a new audience member is the date in each show.

Jazz: Tyrant Studio’s Friday Jazz  offers up Bebop Saxophone Jazz with the Sam Baglier Quartet at the Tyrant Studio Lounge upstairs from The Penthouse

Thieves: American electronic act The Thievery Corporation plays the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday

Year: Recap all the improv madcap madness of 2018 with Vancouver Theatresports Year In Review until New Year’s Eve

Aurora Winter Festival

Festival: Aurora Winter Festival, Canada’s Largest Winter Festival, brings a a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, and many more activities to Concord Pacific Place November 23 – December 30

Belle:  Join your favourite characters as a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, returns to the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage,  until January 6, 2019

Lights: Many of the Festival light displays around the city continue to light up the nights into January like; Bright Nights, Van Dusen Festival Of Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Canyon Lights, Glow Langley, Lights at Lafarge and many more

Laughs: Saturday nights Tyrant Studio’s Comic Strip brings stand-up comedy to the Studio Lounge Stage with Aaron Charles Read and Robert Peng with Headliner Ivan Decker

EDM: wrap up your year with one of the city’s biggest music festivals as Skrillex and The Chainsmokers headline the two day Contact Music Festival at BC Place Friday and Saturday.

Beat Back The Winter Blahs with Throwdown TheatreSports Festival

Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is getting ready to beat away the winter blahs with laughter during its annual improv celebration, Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival. Taking place at The Improv Centre on Granville Island from January 2 to 27, 2019.

The best antidote to those dreary January days is a good dose of hearty laughter and Vancouver TheatreSports has it in spades.

Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival welcomes TheatreSports teams from other cities to join the top Vancouver improvisers in head-to-head matches with each other.

VTS Artistic & Executive Director Jay Ono adds, “This year, we concentrated on inviting the best teams from the U.S. because later this year [2019] in October, the entire TheatreSports world will be gathering in Vancouver for the 2019 International TheatreSports Institute Conference, which VTS is privileged to host. Throwdown 2019 features fabulous team companies from Honolulu, Bellingham, Portland and returning champs, the talented group from Orlando – who have won for the past three consecutive years.”

From January 2 to 19, local teams comprised of VTS ensemble members play in a classic TheatreSports round-robin competition for bragging rights of the best team in Vancouver. Working from audience suggestions, the players start improvising in hopes of scoring the biggest cheers from audience members. As in all classic TheatreSports matches, the final outcome is determined by audience judges scoring each of the ‘games’ within a match. The team with the most points wins.

January 22 to 27 welcomes the four U.S. teams in a series of hilarious matches and showcases designed to banish even the gloomiest of times. The lineup features: Sak Comedy Lab – Orlando, Florida (returning champions); Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon; On the Spot Improv – Honolulu, Hawaii; Upfront Theatre – Bellingham, Washington.

On the last evening of Throwdown, January 27, the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous weeks in a winner-takes-all laugh fest. 

“There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to bring out the best in improv comedy,” comments Ono. “And the winner gets bragging rights for an entire year plus an invitation to return in 2020 to defend their crown.”

While no one can predict the outcome, one thing is for certain – audience members will be the winners. Arriving with winter weighing them down, and leaving with an added spring in their step after an evening of laughter.

For a full schedule of time, match information and tickets (starting from $10.75) for Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival,  visit vtsl.com.