See the ‘beautiful… tart and melancholy’ play by North Van-raised House of Cards writer

In the mood for a romantic comedy? How about an “un-romantic” comedy?

Written by former Vancouverite (and current House of Cards showrunner) Melissa James Gibson, THIS was called a “beautiful new play” by the New York Times when it opened in 2009. Now, local company Kindred Entertainment is bringing THIS to Gibson’s hometown for a run that begins tonight (April 26) and ends May 5 at Studio 16 (1555 W. 7th Ave.).

Find out more below.

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See the ‘beautiful… tart and melancholy’ play by North Van-raised House of Cards writer

Go Below Ground in Vancouver to Experience Wet, a Play about the Aftermath of War

Photo Credit: Matt Reznek

Imagine finding yourself with twenty-seven other audience members below ground, in the midst of the Afghanistan War. Then, after a space of time, you find yourself in a basement suite, trapped in the emotional intensity of what you experienced in battle.

This theatrical immersion is part of ITSAZOO Productions’ upcoming mounting of the Western Canadian premiere of David James Brock’s play Wet. The production is a thoughtful and raw look at a subject that is often not spoken of openly: the traumatic effects of returning from military service for both those who were in combat, as well as their loved ones back home.

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Go Below Ground in Vancouver to Experience Wet, a Play about the Aftermath of War

Actors and egos compete for The Money Shot

Michael Patrick Denis, Kate Issac, Lara Amelie Abadir and Vivian Tang star in a new local production of Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot.

Neil LaBute is known for making audiences uncomfortable. In films and plays like In the Company of Men and Reasons to Be Pretty, he illuminates sexual and social mores that most of us like to ignore. Recently, we’ve seen another side of the writer/director—as a co-creator of the SyFy series Van Helsing.

For a taste of the theatrical LaBute, audiences can catch a new local production of his 2014 play The Money Shot. According to a Variety review, the play is “an acid-tongued showbiz satire.” The review also notes that “This is a somewhat kinder, gentler LaBute piece, in which cruelty takes a backseat to a kind of blithe, self-absorbed cluelessness.”

Billed as LaBute’s first outright comedy, the play is based on his adventures in Hollywood. In it, Karen and Steve—two glamorous movie stars who are no longer box-office draws—take a stab at making another hit, this time with a hot-shot European director. But the night before filming a big scene, Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet to discuss the film, a meeting that results in exposed egos and more.

We talked to director David C. Jones talks about the play, which runs May 2-6 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwight Street) on Granville Island. Ticket info below.

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Actors and egos compete for The Money Shot

Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

The World Without Us imagines a post-human world.

This month, the Cultch—Vancouver’s favourite purveyors of provocative Belgian theatre _presents two shows: The History of the World (Based on Banalities) and The World Without Us.

One is a full-scale production featuring magic, music and a story about family; the other is a monologue (or “zero-logue,” as performer Karolien De Bleser puts it) guiding us through a post-human world.

The History of the World runs Apr 25 – May 5 at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.), while The World Without Us runs April 17-29 at the Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St.). Find out more below.

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Provocative theatre from Belgium—magic, music and a planet devoid of humanity

Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

The VSO will join Arrival from Sweden in playing the hits of ABBA May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nothing cheers up your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent more than being able to bring readers news related to the music of one the best pop bands ever, ABBA. And this spring offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the music of the Swedish quartet.

A remount of the spectacular musical Mamma Mia!, a Swedish ABBA cover act playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and even ABBA burlesque are coming to town. See below for details.

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Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

The Museum of Vancouver Showcases More than 450 Haida Works in a New Groundbreaking Exhibition

Raven grease bowl Haida (?); Early 1800s
Wood, paint; AA 2400

The history of the Haida people has been one of proud tradition, community, resilience, and change.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), which has been doing particularly innovative exhibition work, has just launched an exciting new exhibition that looks at the impressive skill and cultural significance of Haida art.

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The Museum of Vancouver Showcases More than 450 Haida Works in a New Groundbreaking Exhibition

Enjoy Some Leprechaun Chuckles in Vancouver TheatreSports Leagues’ Shamrocks & Shenanigans

If you’re looking for something to do on St. Paddy’s Day and don’t want to brave the busy Irish pubs, Vancouver TheatreSports has a fun and hilarious alternative this March 17, 2018.

Expect leprechauns galore, Celtic spirit, and of-the-moment Irish jokes.

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Enjoy Some Leprechaun Chuckles in Vancouver TheatreSports Leagues’ Shamrocks & Shenanigans