Tony Award-winning family drama comes to Vancouver

The cast of The Humans. David Cooper photo.

A Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about a family at odds is coming to Vancouver.

Stephen Karam’s The Humans won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016 and was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In a review, The Guardian called The Humans “… funny, mournful, richly detailed, and deeply humane.”According to the media release, the play is “both bitingly funny and poignant… [and] a richly detailed, compassionate portrait of an ordinary family at odds, with itself and with the uncertainties of life, amidst a changing America.”

The Arts Club Theatre Company is mounting The Humans at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St.) March 22-April 22. See below for more details.

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Tony Award-winning family drama comes to Vancouver

Celebrate 50 Years of Groundbreaking Theatre in Vancouver

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photo: Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata | artsclub.com

Today, Vancouver is celebrated as a cosmopolitan oasis of art and culture on Canada’s west coast. But it wasn’t always that way.

Just 50 years ago, live theatre was almost unheard of in the city. That’s when a little company called the Arts Club opened its doors in a converted gospel hall in a rough-and-tumble section of downtown.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Groundbreaking Theatre in Vancouver

Buddy Holly Musical Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Matheson courtesy of Arts Club Theatre

The world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical is back in Vancouver. But is it still worth seeing?

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story starring Vancouver Island native Zachary Stevenson (a dead ringer for Holly – physically and vocally) is at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage through Aug. 26.  This is a homecoming of sorts for the production, which had a very successful run in 2010.

The musical traces the meteoric ascent of Buddy Holly from goofy 19-year-old in glasses in Lubbock, Texas to global rockstar and heartthrob (albeit still in glasses).  It’s creatively narrated by a series of old-time radio DJs, who keep us up to speed on the ups and downs of Holly’s brief but tumultuous career.

While the story of Holly’s life and untimely death is well worn, Alan Janes ‘1989 musical – which has played on Broadway and throughout the world – still entertains.  For starters, the tunes are catchy.  Continue reading:
Buddy Holly Musical Returns to Vancouver

The Original Real Housewives: Cole Porter’s High Society at the Stanley Theatre

Photo by Tim Matheson

Who would have thought that a musical written in the 1950s and set in the 1930s would have so much to say about Vancouver in 2012?

The Arts Club’s production of Cole Porter’s High Society premiered at downtown’s Stanley Theatre last week and runs through June 24.  The musical is about a wealthy Long Island family on the eve of their daughter’s wedding.

It’s campy, light fare, with catchy tunes and plenty of witty one-liners – at least on the surface.  But deeper down – stay with me on this one – it’s a veiled commentary on Vancouver’s own social scene.

Take the lead, for instance, middle-aged socialite Tracy Lord, who’s about to go down the aisle.  In Tracy, we have a perfect prototype for the Real Housewives of Vancouver.  She’s already burned through a few husbands and is about to get married to another young stud.  From the day she was born, she’s been told she’s a princess. She spends her days riding horses and living the high life.  And she’s deeply unhappy.

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The Original Real Housewives: Cole Porter’s High Society at the Stanley Theatre