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The Fakespeare Festival – Vancouver

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 11:32 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

The Fakespeare Festival by Awkward Stage Productions Until August 28th Fresh and playful productions make for a joyous (if a little unpolished) night out. Awkward Stage Productions create showcases for young talent that are pre-professional or emerging. Some are recent acting school graduates and some still are in high school, some have dabbled in professional […]

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American Idiot – Vancouver

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

American Idiot by Fighting Chance Productions Until August 27th In repertory with Heather The Musical The passionate actors and the intoxicating choreography are as thrilling as a roller coaster ride. Green Day is a popular punk band and like many bands they created a concept album, a mini punk opera musical about disaffected youth wanting […]

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Othello – Vancouver

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 11:17 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

Othello by Bard on the Beach Until September 17th If you have never seen Othello before now here is your chance. I have to admit Othello is one of my least favourite Shakespearean plays. Unlike Romeo & Juliet or MacBeth where there are multiple characters and some twists of fate that changes the course of […]

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West Side Story – Vancouver

Posted on July 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

West Side Story by Theatre Under The Stars Until August 20th The craftsmanship and power of the musical still resonates, as do some of the performers. West Side Story is an often produced retelling of the Rome & Juliet story set in New York City set in the mid 1950’s. There are two gangs of […]

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Beauty and the Beast – Vancouver

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Under The Stars Until August 20th A delightful and animated production that charms. I have to admit when I saw what two shows Theatre Under The Stars was producing this year I did not clap my hands in joy. Both Beauty and Beast and West Side Story (running in […]

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Pericles – Vancouver

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

Pericles by Bard On The Beach Until September 18th A fantastic and magical journey about love and destiny. Pericles is one of Shakespeare’s plays that is not often produced. It is assumed he did not write the whole thing and the sprawling journey our protagonist goes on is often challenging to stage and make compelling. […]

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Newsies – Vancouver

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 1:17 am by David Jones — Make a Comment

Newsies by Broadway Across CanadaUntil July 10th Newsies is rousing and impressive accomplishment if a little by rote. Leave it to Disney to take a bomb of a movie (1992 starring Christian Bale) and turn it into a hit Broadway show winning a couple of Tony awards in the process! Based on true events, the […]

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The Merry Wives of Windsor – Vancouver

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Bard On the Beach Until September 24th A buoyant and playful situational comedy written by the Bard tunefully reimagined. The script is a trifle; but I liked it better when I read up on it after. This is the only Shakespeare comedy to take place in time-period AND place […]

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Rock of Ages – Vancouver

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

Rock of Ages by The Arts Club Theatre Until July 30th Big hair, big sound, big talent, big dumb and some fun! The summer of the musicals continues to unfold as the Broadway hit Rock of Ages gets it’s Vancouver interpretation. This is a jukebox musical where a collection of songs is assembled into a […]

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Hair – Vancouver

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm by David Jones — Make a Comment

Hair by The Renegade Arts Co. Until July 2nd Ain’t Got No qualms about recommending this glorious production of Hair! I have seen Hair at least 5 other times, never much cared for it. The meandering soundtrack didn’t add up to an emotional satisfying experience. Often the other productions just seem to put emphasis on […]

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