The Far Side of the Moon

Scene from Far Side of the Moon

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The show must go on, as they say. And, in a surprise twist, the creator of one of the most acclaimed Canadian one-man theatre pieces ever will be taking on the main role when the previously scheduled actor goes Hollywood.

Since it opened in 2000, Robert LePage’s The Far Side of the Moon has toured in over 45 cities worldwide. Actor Yves Jacques has won numerous awards for his performance. But Jacques has a role in a feature film, Grace of Monaco, which will take him away from the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts mounting of The Far Side of the Moon midway through its Nov 1-10 Vancouver run. Beginning Nov 6, Jacques will be replaced by LePage himself.

Set against the background of the U.S.-Soviet space race, The Far Side of the Moon depicts the relationship between two brothers, one straight and one gay, and both played by the lead actor. It features a score by avant-garde New York musician Laurie Anderson and features Lepage’s trademark theatrical magic and illusion.

The Far Side of the Moon is one of Lepage’s most acclaimed works. Also known for his film work, including a role in the quite famous (in Canada, at any rate) 1989 Denys Arcand movie Jesus of Montreal, Lepage in 2003 made a movie version of The Far Side of the Moon. He has also worked as stage director for musician Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Tour as well as with Cirque du Soleil on the show Totem.

The Far Side of the Moon has won numerous awards, including a Time Out Award and the prestigious Evening Standard Award. Of the play, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critic Colin Thomas wrote, “Genius. I’ve seen thousands of shows. This might be the best.”

The Far Side of the Moon runs Nov 1 – 10 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.) and is presented in conjuction with Théâtre la Seizième.

Tickets are $39-75, and are available through the Cultch Box Office at



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