Girleen, the Irish teenage bootlegger gives as good as she gets in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West

Cave Canem’s production of The Lonesome West at Pacific Theatre opens tonight.

The production of a new Martin McDonagh play is always cause for a celebration—at least, by fans of the Irish playwright.

McDonagh, whose work has been called “scabrous,” “morbid” and “depraved” by the press, tends to be a polarizing figure. Then again, critics are loving his new movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (In a five-star review, the Guardian called it a “violent carnival of small-town America.”)

The Lonesome West (1997), which opens tonight (Oct 19) and runs until Nov. 11 at Pacific Theatre (1440 12th Ave. W) is the third in McDonagh’s trilogy of plays set in the Western Ireland town of Leenane. (The other two are The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Skull in Connemara). In The Lonesome West, two brothers express grief over their father by more or less trying to kill each other.

The play is the first production from new local theatre company Cave Canem. We talked to Vancouver actor Paige Louter about her role as Girleen, the teenage bootlegger.

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Girleen, the Irish teenage bootlegger gives as good as she gets in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West

Vancouver TheatreSports League Crowns The Laugh Jedi

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With the new Star Wars trailer now released, anticipation is growing for the movie’s big screen debut in December.

In the meantime, you can indulge your Star Wars geekery in the Vancouver TheatreSports League’s (VTSL) latest show: Improv Wars – The Laugh Jedi.

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Vancouver TheatreSports League Crowns The Laugh Jedi

Unearth Stanley Park’s Dark Secrets on Forbidden Vancouver’s New Adventure

Courtesy Forbidden Vancouver/Kyle Pearce

We all know Stanley Park as a lush oasis offering a leafy respite from the urban landscape surrounding it – a thriving rainforest whose sprawling 400 hectares contains scenic trails, sandy beaches, historic landmarks and the world-renowned Vancouver Aquarium. But underneath the beauty and splendor of this national historic site lies a complex, exciting past filled with famous crimes, secret cemeteries and truly bizarre public art – and local walking tour company Forbidden Vancouver is sharing these secrets with the public through a new experience that brings to light the park’s lesser-known stories and attributes.

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Unearth Stanley Park’s Dark Secrets on Forbidden Vancouver’s New Adventure

IT’s Baaaack! Vancouver Gets a Spotlight in Crowd-funded Documentary about the World’s Creepiest Clown

IT, courtesy IMDB.

IT is captivating cinema-goers across North America and beyond with its expertly captured throwback to Stephen King’s horrifying novel. The movie achieves a perfect blend between compelling storyline and terrifying portrayal of a fear-manifesting clown guaranteed to haunt viewers’ nightmares. Now, IT is resurfacing yet again in a fan-funded documentary that takes a deep dive into the makings of both movies – the recently released spookfest as well as the original 1990 miniseries, the latter of which was filmed in Vancouver and surrounding regions. Wait a minute – Vancouver is Derry, Maine?!

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IT’s Baaaack! Vancouver Gets a Spotlight in Crowd-funded Documentary about the World’s Creepiest Clown

Vancouver’s New Virtual Reality Halloween Adventure is a Scream!

SmartyPantz beckons guests into the deliciously terrifying Hospital of Horror.

Haunted houses are horrifying enough, but add a virtual reality spin and you’ve catapulted from spine-tingling shivers to ear-splitting screams. This month, SmartyPantz, one of Vancouver’s original escape rooms, has teamed up with virtual reality experts at vrCave to produce the Hospital of Horror – a terrifyingly lifelike VR experience that instantaneously transports guests to a derelict sanitorium where they might or might not be alone.

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Vancouver’s New Virtual Reality Halloween Adventure is a Scream!

History’s First Opera Masterpiece Comes to Vancouver’s Chan Centre

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The grey skies and rain of this season make for the perfect atmospheric weather for a night of dramatically moving and passionate opera in one of Vancouver’s loveliest performing venues.

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) presents Monteverdi’s timeless Orfeo at the end of this month in a production that brings together an impressive roster of local and international talent.

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History’s First Opera Masterpiece Comes to Vancouver’s Chan Centre

What is man but a slave to biology? asks exciting new dance piece

Animal Triste cast, including JamesGnam, Brianna Lombardo Marc Boivin, Riley Sims, Courtesy Mathieu Doyonre,

Is man merely a slave to his biology? A new piece, Animal Triste, poses the question through dance.

A new work by Mélanie Demers, Animal Triste premiered earlier this year in at Montreal’s Agora de la danse. Along with Demers’ Mayday Danse, Vancouver’s Plastic Orchid Factoryis bringing the piece to Vancouver, for three nights. The show runs Oct. 19, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m. at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.).

From the looks of the trailers (links below), the show looks like a wild one.

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What is man but a slave to biology? asks exciting new dance piece