When it comes to live theatre in Vancouver, much of the spotlight goes to heavy hitters like the Arts Club and Bard on the Beach (and, until recently, Vancouver Playhouse). But drama buffs know that there’s an entire network of smaller, intimate theatres operating largerly under the radar – from the Cultch to the Firehall Arts Centre and tiny Pacific Theatre in the Granville Rise neighbourhood. While productions may be more modest at these theatres, production value is anything but.
I stopped by Pacific Theatre for the first time this week to take in their latest musical, the small-town drama Spitfire Grill (running through Oct. 27). The theatre can be a little hard to find, tucked away next to a seniors centre on 12th Avenue. Pacific Theatre bills itself as “community-minded professional theatre,” and the venue has a grassroots, community feel. Everyone inside seemed to know each other – staff, performers and patrons. Inside, a small lobby leads to a very unique 126-seat, alley-style theatre. The north and south wings are completely separated by a ground-level stage in the middle.
The Spitfire Grill, adapted from the hit 1996 film, traces the life of an ex-prisoner who relocates to a small midwestern town in the hope of starting a new life. She gets a job at the grill – the town’s only restaurant – and quickly discovers that everything is not as perfect as it seems. Continue reading:
Award-winning musical Spitfire Grill at Pacific Theatre, through Oct 27