The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Chance are you’ve never seen a puppet show like this.

Two dozen very adult and freakishly realistic puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” showing at the Cultch, Nov. 26-Dec. 15.

The work pulls together variety acts, music and short, very un-PC skits – all performed by extremely lifelike puppets.  The man behind the strings, controlling the action from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett.

Burkett is widely credited with turning puppetry into a respected art form.  He has spent more than 25 years entertaining audiences around the world with sultry, bawdy and introspective tales – all acted out by his own intricately hand-crafted puppets.

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The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Celebrated dancer’s salute to Emily Dickinson

Margie Gillis and Elizabeth Parrish. Photo credit: Adrienne Surprenant.

Margie Gillis and Elizabeth Parrish. Photo credit: Adrienne Surprenant.

Emily Dickinson was barely acknowledged in her lifetime. But  her genius lives on in her poetry and in an upcoming presentation at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

This month, Margie Gillis, one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary dancers, presents the world premiere of Bulletins from Immortality… Freeing Emily Dickson.

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Celebrated dancer’s salute to Emily Dickinson

1-Act Theatre Fest Coming to Vancouver, June 14-15

Like theatre but got a short attention span?  This festival is for you.

The Cultch in Vancouver is hosting a unique one-act theatre fest June 14-15.  For $18, you get four mini plays back to back – with all the action and drama condensed down into a single act each.

I think this is brilliant.  The traditional, three-act play is a cultural pillar that goes all the way back to Aristotle – but lots of people are intimidated by the length.  With so many other entertainment options out there – 3D movies, HD TV, YouTube – asking an audience to sit through two intermissions is a tall order.

Enter the one-act play.  Think of it as a short story.  You get all the climax and character and tension – but none of the tedious lead up and resolution of a three-act play.  Here’s what’s in store at the 1-Act Festival. Continue reading:
1-Act Theatre Fest Coming to Vancouver, June 14-15

Transgender Drama: The Silicone Diaries in Vancouver, thru Feb 25

Nina Arsenault is a classic blonde bombshell. But she wasn’t always that way. Born in 1974 in an Ontario trailer park as Rodney Arsenault, Nina lived her life as a man until 1996, when she underwent the first of more then 60 surgeries to transform her into the perfect woman.

Arsenault relays the sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspiring story of her transformation in the one-act play The Silicone Diaries, appearing in February at the historic Cultch theatre. Her surgical odyssey spanned more than eight years of cosmetic operations, with medical bills totaling more than $150,000.

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Transgender Drama: The Silicone Diaries in Vancouver, thru Feb 25

The famous play about nothing: Waiting for Godot at the Cultch

Even if you don’t follow much theatre, you might have heard about Waiting for Godot.  It’s the famous play by Samuel Beckett, which premiered in France in 1953, about absolutely nothing.  Two guys wait on the side of a road for a few days – then the curtain falls.  End of story.

And though it might sound like a weird form of audience cruelty, Waiting for Godot has actually been electrifying and intriguing viewers for decades.  Vancouver audiences can decide for themselves whether Waiting for Godot is a masterpiece or a bore this month during the play’s run at the Cultch, presented by Blackbird Theatre.

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The famous play about nothing: Waiting for Godot at the Cultch

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