Speaking volumes with one act

In the upcoming theatre production The Ones We Leave Behind viewers are immersed in a character play that subtly addresses one of society’s major issues: social isolation, abandonment and loneliness. With the support of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), the seminal MSG Lab play will be making its debut from Oct. 24–Nov. 3 at The Cultch’s…

Art with an alternative perspective

Javaad Alipoor, writer, co-director and lead performer, brings The Believers Are But Brothers to centre stage at the Culture Lab Oct. 30–Nov 10. The one-actor play deals with identity, insecurity and fantasy while taking on the topics of toxic masculinity and far-right extremism in the online world. A representation of masculinity and extremism With just a few…

Play explores the proliferation of thought monsters

A play written for a younger audience, but with content everyone can relate to, So, How Should I Be? explores the impact that mass and social media, friends, family and our communities have on mental health, with a specific focus on eating disorders. Set to perform at Presentation House Theatre October 18–28, So, How Should…

Brotherly relationship

Directed and performed by Aryo and Arash Khakpour, Cain and Abel is a physical, movement-heavy performance inspired by the biblical story. The show, set to perform at the Firehall Arts Centre from October 3–6, takes a look at our society through the lens of the rivalry and violence between the most famous pair of brothers…

The Fish Eyes Trilogy: a coming-of-age solo show

The Fish Eyes Trilogy, a theatre show with a focus on dance written and performed by actor, dancer and playwright Anita Majumdar, is coming to the Surrey Arts Centre Aug. 18. “Anita brings a really fierce determination to explore how dance gets in your body and how dance expresses a character’s life, interests and their…

Magic and romance under the stars

Dreams do come true during the summer nights, and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) invites audiences to see their two new musicals for the 2018 summer season. Vancouver’s vision of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street will run at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl stage (July 4–Aug. 18). “We’re doing a show with a diverse cast and…

Asian Canadian theatre: a study long overdue

Eury Colin Chang, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is writing his dissertation on the impact that Canadians of Asian descent have made on professional theatre in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. The performing arts have played a significant role in one form or another for most of Chang’s life. Now, his…

Victim Impact unveils real-life B.C. Ponzi scheme stories

What would you do if a trusted neighbour, friend or even family member convinced you to invest your life savings into what turned out to be a complete scam? Theatre Conspiracy’s newest show, Victim Impact, relays the story of Rashida Samji’s $110-million Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of people in B.C. and focuses on the impact…

Story in a suitcase

The Evergreen Cultural Centre will host Suitcase Stories, a one-woman show about the journey of Maki Yi who immigrated to Canada from South Korea with nothing but a single suitcase, May 17–19. Suitcase Stories is a story of identity and of finding her way in a foreign land, which Yi relays with both humorous and thought-provoking anecdotes.…

Assembling the new Some Assembly play

Valerie Methot is addressing youth issues through theatre with The Release Party, which will be presented by Some Assembly Theatre Company. Methot tells a sad story about our youth. As described by her, young people today have to face many struggles, including issues with mental health and bullying as well as thoughts of suicide or self-harm. But,…

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…