Complex characters drive a whodunit

Nine Dragons, a play set in 1920s Hong Kong, traces the journey of Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s best detective, as he struggles against both the criminals and the colonial system that shape his job and his life. The show runs at the Gateway Theatre April 12–21, and is a co-production with Vertigo Theatre and the…

Butcher – a linguistic enigma

One Christmas Eve, an old man is found outside a police station with a butcher’s hook around his neck. The story only gets more shocking and surprising from there, as both the characters and the audience struggle to figure out what exactly will come next. The dark crime thriller Butcher runs March 20–31 at the Cultch Theatre.…

Where math, nature, disability and spirituality intersect

Sequence, a play written by Canadian ophthalmologist and playwright, Arun Lakra, explores the age-old philosophical tension between free will and determinism. Performed by the Realwheels Theatre, the play runs March 14–24, at the Presentation House Theatre. Theatre for the underrepresented Vancouver-based non-profit theatre company Realwheels Theatre seeks to bring actors with disabilities and actors without…

Theatre from the millennial lens

Midtwenties Theatre Society, a recent addition to the Vancouver theatre community, will be premiering their first original production, Above the Hospital, on Jan. 12 at the Red Gate Revue Stage at Granville Island. Beau Han Bridge, the play’s writer and director, has always been an active member of the arts and theatre community but feels that…

East Van Panto explores Snow White fairytale

For the past five years, Theatre Replacement has been putting on pantos, setting them in local places. This year’s is set at the PNE. Theatre Replacement founders James Long and Maiko Yamamoto asked Mark Chavez to write this year’s panto. “They convinced me to do a panto because they wanted something different because they wanted…

Showcasing Asian heritage in improv

Instant Theatre will be bringing a martial arts themed improv show to the stage next month at Havana Theatre. Described as a kung fu spectacular, Fistful of Kicks aims to represent Asian Canadian improvisers in the theatre industry. Curt Da Silva, director of Fistful of Kicks, says that Instant Theatre specializes in improvisation theatre productions as well as…

A haunting Japanese story of heartbreak

Master practitioners of the Japanese art form Noh combine their strengths with professional opera singers in Komachi Visited, an East meets West performance of a heart-rending Japanese story. The Source talked with librettist and director Colleen Lanki, scholar of Asian theatre and a Noh practitioner herself, about the challenges of creating a Noh piece for…

From solo to full cast

There’s a lot of love on the internet. Or is there? As technology keeps us increasingly connected, we are progressively becoming more disconnected. That’s one of the many questions that the play Hyperlink sets out to answer from Oct. 4–14 at the Firehall Arts Centre. Is it real love or is it internet love, and…

Bombay Black

In a Bombay apartment by the sea, a young woman dances seductively. In a dark corner of the room a blind man sits, watching her. This image, accompanied by the question Why would a blind man pay to watch someone dance? intrigued Indian-Canadian playwright Anosh Irani into writing Bombay Black. The play, which runs Sept.…

Nomadic Tempest: a Climatopian rock opera

This summer the Caravan Stage Company sails into Vancouver (Aug. 15–Sept. 3) on their one of a kind 90-foot Theatre Ship. Their current show, Nomadic Tempest, explores a future world where climate change has caused environmental catastrophe across the planet, using original music, aerial artistry, and projections to captivate its audiences. Nomadic Tempest is an original –…

Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish

A mouse is caught stealing cheese from the mouth of Th’owxiya: a goddess known to hold the best foods from around the world. The challenge: find and sacrifice two young spirits to Th’owxiya (pronounced: Tho-wox-eeya) or she will eat the mouse’s whole family! With the help of new friends – two bears, a raven and…

Searching for home

A diner threatened by corporate takeover. A group of youths determined to keep the place they see as an integral part of their community.  This is the setting of Home, a new and original play from the Some Assembly Arts Society that will be performed from May 3-6. Written and performed by youth, it is…

On stage: Canadian Aboriginal soldiers

One hundred years ago, the battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France. REDPATCH is a historical drama that focuses on this battle, as well as the contributions made by Aboriginal soldiers and their communities for Canada during the First World War. The play will be presented March 29–Apr. 9 at Presentation House Theatre in…