Vancouver gets well deserved praise as a foodie mecca and as an outdoor playground. Less well known are the city’s thespian charms.
Throughout the year, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Opera, Firehall Arts Centre and dozens of other companies big and small stage hundreds of plays, musicals and operas. March is no exception.
Here are three can’t-miss highlights on stage this month. (Got other suggestions? Please leave a comment below.)
The Importance of Being Earnest; March 15-April 15 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage: Oscar Wilde’s masterful comedy traces what happens when two wealthy playboys (one from the city and one from the country) each lead a double life as the mysterious Ernest Worthing. Considered among the wittiest works written in English, the play documents the pandemonium that ensues when the two Ernests find themselves together – masquerading as the same person yet courting two different women. (Confused? No worries – That’s all part of the play’s charm.)
The Barber of Seville; March 17-25 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Considered the greatest comic opera of all time, The Barber of Seville is a little absurd, a little touching and – if you’re in the right mood – hilarious. The Vancouver Opera’s production of Gioachinio Rossini’s 1816 classic moves the action to a movie backlot in Seville in the 1940s. Rosina plays the starlet; Bartolo is her slimy agent; Almaviva is a star-struck noble and Figaro (as in Figaro! Figaro!) is the studio hairstylist with a flair for prankery.
Doubt, a Parable: March 2-31 at the Pacific Theatre: Even non-theatre-goers may be familiar with Doubt, from the Oscar-nominated 2008 film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. The play is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. Sister Aloysius suspects that Father Flynn is abusing a young student. She launches a crusade to expose the truth at any cost. But is there really any wrongdoing going on?
Any other can’t-miss theatre in Vancouver in March? Please let us know below.