Broadway classic and beloved fairytale this summer at Theatre Under the Stars

Mallory Jame and Tré Cotten in TUTS’ Cinderella.

Want to enjoy some outdoor theatre this summer in Vancouver? This year’s Theatre Under the Stars shows are Cinderella and 42nd Street. The two shows alternate nights at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park beginning July 4 and running until Aug. 18. Find out more below.

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Broadway classic and beloved fairytale this summer at Theatre Under the Stars

Hit movie and Broadway musical Once opens next week

The Arts Club presents its production of the hit musical Once June 14-July 29.

The Arts Club’s version of Once, the surprise 2007 hit movie musical, opens next Thursday, June 14, at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St.).

Made for a mere €112,000, the indie feature went on to become a commercial success. The story of two struggling musicians in Dublin, it starred two musicians who had played together in a band called Swell Season. The result received the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, while the song “Falling Slowly” won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In 2012, a musical based on the film went to Broadway. The production received 11 Tony Award nominations and won eight awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. The Arts Club’s production of Once runs until July 29. Read more below.

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Hit movie and Broadway musical Once opens next week

New theatre production looks at reconciliation with a First Nations perspective

Sam Bob plays Trickster in Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way. David Cooper photo.

Vancouver Moving Theatre presents the premiere of a new play that looks at the struggles of First Nations people in Canada.

Led and performed by indigenous artists, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way runs May 17-19 and 24-26 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Chief Simon Baker Room (1607 East Hastings St.).

Read more below.

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New theatre production looks at reconciliation with a First Nations perspective

‘Unapologetically political’ dark comedy tackles a subject near (and not-so-dear) to Canadian hearts

The cast of Bears. Photo by Alexis McKeown.

If you’ve spent any time in Canada, particularly B.C., then you know the big story these days is the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline.

A new play from Alberta tackles the subject head-on. Presented by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre, Bears is a multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the pipeline. It runs May 8-12 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre Historic Theatre.

Read more below.

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‘Unapologetically political’ dark comedy tackles a subject near (and not-so-dear) to Canadian hearts

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

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

New Vancouver theatre in bite-size chunks at the Pull Festival!

A scene from one of the plays at this year’s Pull Festival. Didier Brûlé-Champagne photo.

A young woman trying to solve a mystery, an actor examining his own career, and a woman confronting her rapist are among the characters featued in the 7th annual Pull Festival.

This year, the annual event showcases six short works (about ten minutes each) by local playwrights.. Three directors, two guest curators, and a Festival dramaturg selected the plays out of a record number 89 script submissions.

The festival takes place March 21-24 at Little Mountain Gallery (195 E. 26th Ave.). Here’s a closer look at the plays in this year’s festival.

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New Vancouver theatre in bite-size chunks at the Pull Festival!