On Vancouver stages in May and June

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Summer may quickly be approaching but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of theatre still happening in the city.  Here’s what’s playing on Vancouver stages in May and June including a few shows with an LGBTQ! connection.

Are we missing a show? Send us the details and we’ll get you listed! Do you have an LGBTQ! connection – let us know as we’d love to do a preview!

Dragons' Improv TankDragons’ Improv Tank Click here for a review of this show!
Vancouver Theatresports
Through 30 June 2012

Improv veterans from Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) gear up in executive attire to play as Improv Dragons in the upcoming parody on popular business shows, named the Dragons’ Improv Tank. Set to premiere on April 19th at The Improv Centre on Granville Island, Dragons’ Improv Tank features Improv Inventors eager to pitch what they believe is the “next biggest improv game” to a panel of discerning Improv Dragons.  Visit http://www.vtsl.com for tickets and information.

High SocietyHigh Society Click here for a review of this show!
Stanley Theatre
Through 24 June 2012

The swellegant musical comedy. Snappy dialogue and Cole Porter tunes—such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and “True Love”—abound in this sparklingly funny musical. Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is planning a lavish second wedding, but which man will she marry? Her straight-arrow fiancé or the undercover reporter from the society pages or her dapper ex-husband? Needless to say, it’s complicated—and Tracy has only hours to sort it out!  Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare FestivalBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Click here for a review of this show! Click here for a review of this show!
Vanier Park
Through 22 September 2012

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 23rd season with The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth in the mainstage tent and The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John on the Studio Stage.  Visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org for exact schedule and showtimes.


Once Upon A Lesbian

Once Upon A Lesbian LGBT Content!
Various Locations
12 – 30 June 2012

This futuristic comedy tells the story of two anthropologists, W90SC81 and W92RC36, who live in a satirical dystopia where physical touch and eye contact have been outlawed. The two women are sent on a mission to recover a time capsule left behind from the Lesbian Collective, circa 2169. Defying orders, the two explore the artifacts from 100,000 B.C. to 2169 A.D. Thirty-three roles played by six actors unveil a skewed and comedic ‘herstory’ that changes lives forevermore. Visit http://www.leapingthespians.ca for tickets and information.



Vigil LGBT Content! Click here for a review of this show!
PAL Theatre
14 – 24 June 2012

When an egotistical and embittered bachelor descends upon the deathbed of his old aunty to hasten her demise, he is appalled to find her health improving against all odds – and against all his hopes. Be prepared for a story of surprising turns; Vigil is deliciously absurd, incredibly funny and poignantly tender, with a twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Visit the group’s Facebook event page for more information.



Xanadu Click here for more!
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
21 June – 4 August 2012

Take a magical ride to a world where fantasy, romance, and shiny satin jumpsuits reign! In the Arts Club’s production of Xanadu, a beautiful Greek muse descends from Mount Olympus in an impenetrable disguise of leg warmers and an Aussie accent to help mortal Sonny realize the greatest artistic achievement of all time: to open a roller disco. Featuring the pop classics “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Magic,” “Xanadu,” and many more, it might just inspire you to dust off your roller skates before summer’s end.  Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.


The Wolf at the Door

The Wolf at the Door
Pacific Theatre
22 & 23 2012

Matthias is a weaver with a simple, peaceful life. When his livelihood, art, and family life begin to disintegrate as a result of the Industrial Revolution he must decide what matters most: keeping his family together or fighting the changes that are tearing it apart. A staged reading of a new play by Tina Teeninga. Visit http://www.pacifictheatre.org for more information.


The Life Game

The Life Game Click here for a review of this show!
Studio 1398, Granville Island
24 June 2012

See improvisation as you’ve never seen it before! Surprisingly touching, honest and mature- The Life Game shows us a side of improv, and ourselves, that you may not expect.  Visit http://www.thelifegamevancouver.com for more information.



Andy Livingston Park
29 June – 8 July 2012

Water tells the story of one river-the gods that fought, the fish that swam, the fishermen that fished, the water-carriers that fetched and water buyers who bought; all deeply affecting the very life and soul of the river’s flow. With songs, dance, celebrations, large puppetry, raging passions, and live music- the rivers journey in Water is a microcosm of civilization’s greatest and most precious element on this planet.  Visit http://www.theatreterrific.ca for more information.


Previously in May & June

2012 1-Act Festival

2012 1-Act Festival
The Cultch Culture Lab
14 & 15 June 2012

The annual event, which has played to packed houses at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre for the past four years, features an assortment of original scripts and new productions of published works by local theatre practitioners. Visit http://SHIFTarts.ca for tickets and information.

Zulius and the Fire SnakeZulius and the Fire Snake
5 – 12 June 2012
Heritage Hall

This Egyptian comedy tells the story of Zulius, a young man facing marriage arranged by his evil mother, to a less than attractive mountain girl, so that he may succeed his Father and become Pharaoh. However, Zullius has no interest in getting married and being Pharaoh, he wants to be a snake charmer! Along the journey, Zulius meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger and hatches a plan to foil his mother’s idea. But the evil Queen has tricks of her own, and curses Zulius’ one true love. Visit http://www.stagedoor.bc.ca for tickets and information.

Shelter From The StormShelter From The Storm
Firehall Arts Centre
Through 9 June 2012

Rick was one of thousands of young men who sought refuge in Canada to escape the Vietnam draft. But when he takes in a traumatized young American soldier, Rick begins to understand how much our country has changed in forty years. Set in Tofino, BC, Shelter from the Storm is a play about love and loss that questions our notions of courage and cowardice.  Visit Visit http://www.touchstonetheatre.com for tickets and information.

Kutz & DawgsKutz & Dawgs LGBT Content!
Part of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Performance Works
29 May – 2 June 2012

Using Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story as inspiration, culturally and socially diverse youth cast members in collaboration with professional artists created this original hip hop and World musical. In this thought-provoking commissioned work, the young performers will portray rivaling Kutz (alley cats) and Dawgs (junkyard dogs) in a cautionary tale that explores the destructive force of gang violence.  Visit http://www.childrensfestival.ca for tickets and information.

Farragut North

Farragut North Click here for a review of this show!
Havana Theatre
15 – 26 May 2012

A timely look at American power and politics, Farragut North ranks with some of the best plays/movies in the pantheon of political literature. This fast-paced play, on which the Academy Award nominated movie The Ides of March was based, will most certainly draw you in. Visit the group’s Facebook event page for more information.

100 Saints You Should Know100 Saints You Should Know LGBT Content! Click here for more!
Pacific Theatre
4 – 26 May 2012

Meet Theresa, a former wild girl turned freelance maid who has been struck with the surprising desire to learn how to pray. She tries to learn how from Matthew, a faithful priest who has been struck with the realization that he is no longer able to pray, and so he runs to his long-suffering mother Colleen – a woman who can’t not be a hostess. Pack in Theresa’s daughter, Abby, a classic troubled teen whose motto seems to be apathy and shock value (no surprises there), and Garrett, the grocer’s son who likes long walks with a flask.  Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

Henry and Alice: Into The WildHenry and Alice: Into The World Click here for a review of this show!
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
Through 26 May 2012

In Michele Riml’s Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, we rejoin the couple from Sexy Laundry, which premiered at the Arts Club in 2004. This time they’re in the wilderness, and they’re not alone—Alice’s free-spirited sister joins them. Each of them comes to the vacation with different expectations, all of which are turned upside down when they’re forced to confront truths about their lives, and lifestyles. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.

The Life Game

The Life Game: Magician Lon Mandrake Click here for a review of this show!
Studio 1398, Granville Island
20 May 2012

See improvisation as you’ve never seen it before! Surprisingly touching, honest and mature- The Life Game shows us a side of improv, and ourselves, that you may not expect.  Visit http://www.thelifegamevancouver.com for more information.

The Stillborn LoverThe Stillborn Lover
Langley Playhouse
6 – 19 May 2012

Award-winning writer Timothy Findley’s The Stillborn Lover brings to the forefront his unique, dramatic vision in an alluring tale of mystery, diplomacy and love.  Visit http://www.langleyplayers.com for tickets and information.

Evil Dead The MusicalEvil Dead: The Musical
Waterfront Theatre
3 – 20 May 2012

Last Chance Productions presents Evil Dead the Musical. You won’t want to miss this hilarious live stage show that takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them to create one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.  Visit http://www.evildeadmusical.com for tickets and information.

Grey GardensGrey Gardens Click here for a review of this show!
Jericho Arts Centre
3 – 19 May 2012

Touching, hilarious and heart-breaking Fighting Chance Productions brings it’s trademark heart to this true story of Big and Little Edie Beale in the Tony Award-winning musical Grey Gardens.  Grey Gardens tells the story of riches to rags when the Beale’s, relatives of Jackie Kennedy, go from East Hampton socialites to an isolated existence surrounded by 32 cats. The story was made famous in a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles. Visit http://www.fightingchanceproductions.ca for tickets and information.

Blue BoxBlue Box
The Cultch
1 – 22 May 2012

Blue Box presents Carmen Aguirre’s remarkable life as an underground revolutionary in Chile. It’s a story of terror, romance, fear and abandon that takes us from the dangerous mountain passes of Chile to the perilous roller coasters of Hollywood; from an ardent love affair with a TV star; to a passionate love for a revolutionary political movement that strove to free and change an entire nation.  Visit http://thecultch.com for more information.

Rock of AgesRock of Ages Click here for more! Click here for a review of this show!
The Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
8 – 13 May 2012

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. Visit http://www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca for tickets and information.

The Exquisite HourThe Exquisite Hour Click here for a review of this show!
Revue Stage, Granville Island
1 – 12 May 2012

A simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer. This is the lesson learned on a late summer night in 1962 by confirmed bachelor Zachary Teale. Sweet like lemonade but cut with a kick of bourbon. The Exquisite Hour sees Zachary’s life turned upside-down after meeting the mysterious and alluring Helen Darimont, leading him to question knowledge, imagination, and the value of time.  Visit http://www.relephanttheatre.ca for tickets and information.

The MousetrapThe Mousetrap
Metro Theatre
Through 12 May, 2012

It is 1949,and, Mollie and Giles Rawlston a naïve young couple have just opened their home, to paying guests. When one of the guests is murdered, a young detective, Sergeant Trotter arrives, seemingly out of nowhere and then the investigation begins.  Visit http://www.metrotheatrevancouver.com for tickets and information.

The Boys in the BandThe Boys in the Band LGBT Content! Click here for more!
PAL Theatre
Through 6 May 2012

It’s Harold’s birthday and Michael is your not-so-gracious host for the evening. In the realm of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this ground breaking play from 1968 serves up a catty, inebriated and truthful look into friendships. Set in a New York City loft, this play is timeless and witty. Visit http://ghostlightprojects.com for tickets and information.

God of CarnageGod of Carnage Click here for a review of this show!
Vancouver Playhouse
Through 5 May 2012

When two young boys get into a playground fight, their parents meet to discuss the incident in a civilized manner. But what begins as a calm and rational debate between grown-ups, soon degenerates into a hysterical evening of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime. A West End and Broadway hit, God of Carnage is fast, furious and very, very funny.  Visit http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com for tickets and information.

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