Calling all artistic risk-takers – Killer Joe brings black humour and a makeshift trailer park to Vancouver

Photo courtesy ITSAZOO Productions.

Photo courtesy ITSAZOO Productions.

Killer Joe, a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts, is coming to Vancouver. The hook: the scabrous play about a white-trash family takes place in a makeshift trailer park in the parking lot of the Italian Cultural Centre. And only 37 audience members at a time will be able to take in the play during its April 15 – May 4 run.

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Calling all artistic risk-takers – Killer Joe brings black humour and a makeshift trailer park to Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Plays in Vancouver This Month

Mies Julie is playing at the Cultch Theatre this month.  Photo sourced from thecultch.com.

Mies Julie is playing at the Cultch Theatre this month. Photo sourced from thecultch.com.

Spring is springing in Vancouver … and with it a new season of theatre in the city.  Here’s a look at five can’t-miss plays premiering in Vancouver over the next month:

Floyd CollinsThe newly restored York Theatre on Commercial Drive is the setting for this Broadway musical. The action centres around the true story of a man who becomes trapped 100 feet underground while exploring a cave in 1925 Kentucky.  A media frenzy ensues while his friends and family frantically try to free him.  March 11-March 30; York Theatre; tickets start at $19

Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard CohenBack for another run is this popular musical inspired by the life and works of Canada’s own bard, Leonard Cohen.  Six performers play 17 different instruments in a tribute to the exceptional songwriter and a bygone world of Beat poets, artists and musicians.  March 18-March 29; Firehall Arts Centre; tickets start at $15. (A travelling version of the production can also be seen at various venues outside Vancouver through March 15.)

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5 Can’t-Miss Plays in Vancouver This Month

A kinky comedy comes to Vancouver – Venus in Fur Oct 3 – Nov 2

Venus in Fur

Lindsey Angell and Vincent Gale star in the lust comedy Venus in Fur at the Granville Island Stage Oct 3 – Nov 2. Photo credit: David Cooper.

Venus in Fur, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s lusty 1870 novel Venus in Furs, has inspired a song, two movies and a Broadway play. Now, that sexually charged play – a runaway hit on Broadway last year – is coming to Vancouver.

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A kinky comedy comes to Vancouver – Venus in Fur Oct 3 – Nov 2

Pacific Theatre’s Wolf at the Door – the Industrial Revolution comes to Yorkshire!

Rebecca deBoer

Rebecca deBoer stars in Wolf at the Door, Aug. 7 – 17 at Pacific Theatre. Photo courtesy Otherwise Productions.

Think you’ve got it tough? The world premiere of an original Canadian production running Aug. 7 – 17 at Pacific Theatre is sure to put things in perspective.

Wolf at the Door is an original play by writer Tina Teeninga (Saddest Girl in the World). Directed by Kerri Norris (Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe) for Otherwise Productions, it tells the story of a family of peaceful weavers living Yorkshire, England. But when the Industrial Revolution hits, the Grenfells find their way of life – providing their friends and neighbours with quality sackcloths for casual wear – in jeopardy.

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Pacific Theatre’s Wolf at the Door – the Industrial Revolution comes to Yorkshire!

Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

Broken Sex Doll

Broken Sex Doll’s Paula Burrows. Photo credit: Emily Cooper.

Three plays running in Vancouver this March run a wide gamut of subjects and styles, from the political to an original sci-fi musical comedy to a gay domestic dramedy.

So if you’re in the mood for sexy robots, dialogue about monogamy, or personal recollections about living in China and working in the Alberta tar sands, Vancouver’s theatre scene has something for you this month.

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Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

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