What’s on in Vancouver theatre for October

A scene from The Baby-Sitter, a French-language play from Quebec.

The world premiere of a new sci-fi thriller, a Quebecois response to the #metoo movement, and a new wrinkle on Shakespeare are among the delights on offer from Vancouver theatre companies in October. See below to check out what’s happening on Vancouver stages.

Testosterone (Oct 2-13 at York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr., tickets from $24 at 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com)—Testosterone draws on writer Kit Redstone’s own experiences and thoughts about gender. According to the press release, the piece balances “absurdist comedy with heart-felt explorations into what it means to be human.”

The Baby-Sitter (Oct. 9-13 at Studio 16, 1555 W. 7th, tickets at seizieme.ca and 604-736-2616)—When a crude joke goes viral on social media, and backfires with the loss of his job, a Montreal man is forced to reassess his attitudes towards women. His wife is unsure, but the babysitter understands.

A Brief History of Human Extinction (Oct 10-20 at the Cultch, 1895 Venables St., tickets at 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com)—The world premiere of a new sci-fi thriller. Two last two people on Earth prepare for the launch of a ship that will carry our planet’s genetic legacy to a new home. But something is outside their facility, and it wants to come in.

Lisa C. Ravensbergen and Daniel Martin in A Brief History of Human Extinction. Matt Reznik photo.

Kill Me Now (Oct 13-27 at the Firehall Arts Centre, tickets and showtimes: tickets.firehallartscentre.ca and 604-689-0926)—The B.C. premiere of a 2013 play by Brad Fraser, the award-winning Canadian author of Unidentified Human Remains & the True Nature of Love, among others. Kill Me Now is about a single dad and those close to him, including his disabled son, sister, lover and friend.

Publicity image for Kill Me Now.

The Shakespeare Show Or; How an illiterate Son of a Glover Became the Greatest Playwright in the World (Oct. 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 at Havana Theatre, tickets $20/15 at showpass.com)—Local company Monster Theatre remounts one of its most successful productions. Written by Monster’s Ryan Gladstone, The Shakespeare Show investigates the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were penned by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

The Ones We Leave Behind (Oct 24-Nov 3 at the Cultch, tickets from $24 at tickets.thecultch.com and 604-251-1363)—A world premiere, The Ones We Leave Behind is a new production from Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Loretta Seto’s play is about an investigator for the Public Trustee whose first case is finding next-of-kin for an elderly woman named Beatrice, who has died without any family or friends to claim her.

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