Picks of the Week – October 10, 2018

Hope you had your fill of good food and good company over the Thanksgiving weekend, now’s the time to burn off some of those extra calories with exciting entertainment in these picks of the week

Oktoberfest

Beer: Raise your mug, grab your schnitzel and hit the dancefloor at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club this Friday and Saturday night.

Movies: The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) continues to fill cinemas around the city until October 12th.

Twisted: At The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, find out what happens when an imaginary friend overstays his welcome, in Mustard, playing until October 20th

Fright: Experience the thrills and chills of the haunted houses, rides and ghouls of Fright Nights at Playland throughout the month.

Pants: Drop your pants on October 11th and support Prostate Cancer Canada, at Pants Off for Prostate Cancer at Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel

Test: At The Cultch York Theatre until October 13th, Testosterone is the true story of trans man Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room.

Theatresports Spooktober

Improv: Grab your ghoulfriends and enjoy a month of eerie laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Spooktober; a selection of themed shows throughout the month

Dub: Friday night join the legendary reggae/jungle/dub performer and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System at Commodore Ballroom

Country: Saturday dust off your boots and join American Idol judge Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour with guests, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and DJ Rock

A Vancouver Guldasta

Diwali: A Vancouver Guldasta peaks inside the home of the Dhaliwals —a Punjabi family in Vancouver as they deal with events at home and abroad in Punjab, in the early 1980s. Presented with Diwali in BC at The Cultch Culture Lab until October 21th.

Lights: In addition to Vancouver Guldasta, check out the other events included in Diwali in BC

Krapps Last Tape starring Linden Banks

Beckett: Seven Tyrants Theatre brings Samuel Beckett’s absurdist one-man masterpiece: Krapp’s Last Tape, to Tyrant Studio until October 26th

Humans: A Brief History of Human Extinction runs October 10 – 20 at The Cultch Historic Theatre, taking a look as the last couple, plus otter, on earth prepare to take off on a space arc to save humanity

 

Picks of the Week – October 3, 2018

How can it be Thanksgiving weekend already? Wasn’t it just summer? Let see what kinds of entertainment this week has harvested!

Domino: British belter Jesse J brings her powerful voice and pop tunes to the Vogue Theatre tonight.

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks 49th Season opens tonight as they host Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena

Beer: Raise your mug, grab your schnitzel and hit the dancefloor at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club starting this weekend

Movies: The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is now on, lighting up screens around the city until October 12, 2018.

Dog: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time opens the Arts Club Theatre Company’s season at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 7th.

Twisted: At The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, find out what happens when an imaginary friend overstays his welcome, in Mustard, playing until October 20th

Test: Now open at The Cultch York Theatre, Testosterone is the true story of trans man Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room.

Comedy: Get double days of Jerry Seinfeld as he performs three shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday and Friday

Improv: Grab your ghoulfriends and enjoy a month of eerie laughter as Vancouver Theatresports presents Spooktober; a selection of themed shows throughout the month

Poet: Indigenous Hawaiian Kealoha, Hawaii’s first official poet laureate performs at han Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC October 3, 2018, as part of the Beyond Words series at the Telus Studio Theatre

 

photo: Sepehr Samimi

Brothers: A tale of biblical proportions, The Firehall Arts Centre presents The Biting School’s Cain and Abel from October 3rd to October 6th.

Powwow: Kamloopa , playing at The Cultch Historic Theatre until October 6th is a high energy Indigenous matriarchal story following two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster, on a roadtrip to the West Coast’s largest Powwow.

Les Belles Soeurs:
Melissa Oei, France Perras and Agnes Tong.
photo: David Cooper

Women: Gateway Theatre opens its 2018-2019 season with the 50th anniversary of a Canadian classic, Les Belles-soeurs, a story of 15 women in a raucous, funny and heartfelt romp

Rock: Making their annual visit to the Commodore Ballroom, local legends 54-40 play Friday night.

Diwali: A Vancouver Guldasta peaks inside the home of the Dhaliwals —a Punjabi family in Vancouver as they deal with events at home and abroad in Punjab, in the early 1980s. Presented with Diwali in BC at The Cultch Culture Lab until October 21

Krapps Last Tape starring Linden Banks

Beckett: Seven Tyrants Theatre, opens its first season of work in their new performance venue with Samuel Beckett’s absurdist one-man masterpiece: Krapp’s Last Tape, opening October 5th at Tyrant Studio

 

Catch Krapp’s Last Tape at Tyrant Studios

Krapps Last Tape starring Linden Banks

Seven Tyrants Theatre, opens its first season of work in their new performance venue with Samuel Beckett’s absurdist one-man masterpiece: Krapp’s Last Tape. Opening October 5th, the Jessie Award winning independent theatre company’s production stars Jessie Award nominated actor Linden Banks as “Krapp,” and is directed by David Thomas Newham.

Rarely produced professionally in Vancouver, Krapp’s Last Tape is a portrait of an aging artist who has given up on the possibility of love in exchange for a life of fruitless artistic expression. The Off-Broadway sensation, a tour-de-force for one man, is the most affectionate portrait of a character that Beckett has ever written: an aging man who lives a lonely and shabby existence in a darkened room. At year’s end, he takes out a bottle of wine, a banana and his tape recorder, and he listens as his own voice from the past recounts the glories and hopes of his youth.

Director Newham also provides the lighting and set designs, with Jessie award winning Daniel Deorksen on sound design. Newham and Deorksen have collaborated on a number of notable productions over the years and, although this is the first time they have produced one of Samuel Beckett’s works, their previous efforts have been compared to the master of minimalism.

The play runs October 5th to 26th at Tyrant Studios, the company’s performance venue located above the historic Penthouse Nightclub. Recently converted by the company to a studio theatre, the upstairs rooms once hosted exclusive parties and performances by music legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr, and Frank Sinatra.

Krapp’s Last Tape plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 8pm / Saturdays at 4pm / Sundays at 7pm / dark Mondays. Tickets are available online at seventyrants.com 

Les Belles-soeurs at Gateway Theatre until October 6th

Les Belles Soeurs:
Melissa Oei, France Perras and Agnes Tong.
photo: David Cooper

Now onstage at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, Les Belles-soeurs (The Sisters-in-law) presents 15 women in the English language version of the gritty romp. The Ruby Slippers Theatre Production, directed by Diane Brown, was Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay’s first professionally produced play.  Les Belles-soeurs was risque and vulgar when it premiered 50 years ago, and is just as bold and topical today.

The play finds a gathering of women coming together to in the kitchen of Madame Germaine Lauzon (played with gusto by France Perras), who has won one million Gold Star loyalty stamps, to help paste the stamps into books.  M. Lauzon’s sisters, sisters-in-law, daughter, neighbours and friends arrive in varying states of excitement for the prize-winner.  Over the course of the evening, the ladies bond over bingo, men, and their mundane lives.  Boasting about her win stirs jealousy amongst the ladies, who covet Germaine’s precious win.  Gradually petty gossip,  scandal, oversharing, and clashing egos result in a tumultuous, and often hysterical, party.

When Tremblay wrote the play, during Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, telling a story about the working class, let alone 15 working class women, doing working class things was groundbreaking. Add in the fact that no topic of conversation and no language seemed to be taboo, Les Belles-soeurs set off controversy and tested the Quebec Theatre establishment.  Gender roles, control of the Church, ageism, teen-pregnancy, family-squabbles all continue to resonate today, especially topical in the #metoo era.

In this Gateway production, each of the 15 women turn in captivating performances that together becomes one of the best ensembles we’ve seen onstage in a while. While all of them are great, France Perras, Beatrice Zeilinger, Tallulah Winkelman, and Emilie Leclerc, as the sisters, stand out with the bulk of the drama. As well, Lucia Frangione as the jealous neighbour who leads the revolt against Germaine, provides plenty of fireworks and comedy.

Enjoy the drama and comedy of Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Les Belles-Soeurs at Gateway Theatre until October 6. Tickets are available online or at the Gateway Box Office now.

Cain and Able coming to The Firehall Arts Centre

photo: Sepehr Samimi

A tale of biblical proportions, The Firehall Arts Centre presents The Biting School’s Cain and Abel from October 3rd to October 6th.

Directed and performed by brothers Arash and Aryo Khakpour, Cain and Abel explores the idea of jealousy and sibling rivalry, which leads to fratricidal violence, fueled by the patriarchal society we inhabit.

Inspired by the biblical story of Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve. The former, a farmer, and the latter, a shepherd, who meets a tragic end at the hand of his jealous brother.

photo: Sepehr Samimi

Performed in two parts, the first half of the  production studies the depiction and sensation of killing one’s brother in different contexts, and is highly physical, aggressive in rhythm and stereotypically masculine. The second half of the performance presents a reaction to the absence of women from the biblical story. Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Maids, this second act is a study of Cain and Abel as two sisters.

The Firehall’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says, “When I consider the Cain and Abel story now, it serves as a metaphor for the jockeying for power between governments and global corporations, and how in that jockeying  to control territory, resources and social values, their choices lead to violent confrontations, collapse of local economies, and displacement of thousands of individuals. With this production, The Biting School explores both the traditional story and the possibility of what might have happened had Eve given birth to daughters and encourages us to ask the question: would our current reality indeed be different if Cain and Abel had been born female?”

Cain and Able plays at 8pm, Wednesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 6, 2018 at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St.  Tickets are available online from firehallartscentre.ca/onstage/cain-and-abel/

Picks of the Week – September 19, 2018

As we move into the final days of summer, let’s send it out with a bang and a week of great entertainment.

Dog: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time opens the Arts Club Theatre Company’s season at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 7th.

Pucks: As summer ends, the hockey preseason begins with Vancouver Canucks hosting Calgary Flames tonight, and LA Kings on Thursday.

Bard: The 2018 season of Bard on the Beach is coming to a close,  but not before you have time to catch the brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  closing on Sep 28th.

Opera: City Opera Vancouver presents the astonishing and macabre Nigredo Hotel at the Cultch Historic Theatre September 20 – 22.

Park: Get your last outdoor gig of the summer when Ben Howard closes the season at the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park on Thursday night

Touchdown: The BC Lions return to BC Place to host Hamilton Ti-Cats on Saturday night.

Drag: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour brings some of your RPDR fave Queens to the Vogue Theatre for two shows on Saturday.

photo: Aida Cuevas

Mariachi: The Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC opens its season on Saturday with Aida Cuervas, the Queen of Mariachi

Improv: “Laugh til your face hurts” and lampoon the hysteria of the Back to School season at Vancouver Theatresports League , also check out the other laugh-filled show like the late night show WTF – What The Fun!

 

Balls: Whitecaps FC need to find some goals in hopes of making the MLS post season, they’ll have a chance when they host table topping Dallas on Sunday afternoon

Marion Bridge
photo: David Cooper

Sisters: Take a drive and enjoy a trio of brilliant performances in the 20th Anniversary presentation of Daniel MacIvor’s acclaimed play Marion Bridge, at Kay Meeks Arts Centre in West Vancouver until September 20th.

Rock: Chicago punk outfit Rise Against rock out at the PNE Forum on Sunday night

photo: Meighan Makarchuk

Fish: Sunday night, join the 5th Chef’s Table Society of BC’s Slow Fish Canada Dinner at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

Never Still opens the Firehall Arts Centre season.

Never Still:
Vanessa Goodman
photo: Ben Didier

Next week, The Firehall Arts Centre kicks off its 2018/2019 season with the world premiere of Never Still.  Running from from September 26 to 29, 2018, Never Still, is the newest work from Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance Dance Society), created in collaboration with dancers Shion Skye Carter, Stéphanie Cyr, Bynh Ho, Alexa Mardon, Lexi Vajda, and Sound/Projection Designer Loscil (Scott Morgan), Lighting Designer James Proudfoot, Costumer Lloyd. 

Never Still is inspired by the inherent conflicts and dichotomies of water, it is graceful and challenging, like humanity itself.  Never Still explores social, environmental, and biological themes, in a highly physical piece that dives into the distinctions and overlap between three different systems of circulation: global water cycles, communication technology, and fluids within the body.

Never Still:
Shion Skye Carter
photo: Ben Didier

“We are living in an increasingly polarized culture,” says Donna Spencer, the Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer. “And it is our role as artistic creators to encourage audiences to consider, through what they are seeing on stage, how inextricably linked we all are in finding our way through these challenging times.”

She adds, “This season, our programming is about choices – the ones we make, the ones we think we should make but don’t, and the influences around us that colour that decision-making. Live performance allows us to experience a unique and powerful collective sharing of emotions and information that resonates through our day to day lives long after we have left the theatre, and indeed may influence the choices we make in the future.”

Never Still runs Wednesday September 26 to Saturday September 29, 2018 at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street