You can’t keep a good Mormon down! Acclaimed musical returns to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson in The Book of Mormon, Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2017. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

One of the most acclaimed musicals of the century is returning to Vancouver.

Since it opened on Broadway in 2011, The Book of Mormon has been showered with praise and awards. Beginning Sept 25 and running until Sept 30, the show returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where it played to packed houses in 2016.

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You can’t keep a good Mormon down! Acclaimed musical returns to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Atticus Cseh (Bottom), Piper Trounce (Puck), Lucy Layton (Puck) in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jenny McDonald photo.

Sure, you can go to Bard on the Beach and see adults perform Shakespeare (MacBeth and As You Like It, to be sure).

But for those of who want to see one of the English scribe’s masterpieces interpreted by those not yet old enough to drive, we have Teen Shakespeare. This year the group brings, to an outdoor stage on Granville Island, A Mdisummer Night’s Dream (aka “The One With Puck”).

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Cast ages from 13-18 in Teen Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Dark Road, a Beauty Queen and A Few Good Men at this summer’s Ensemble Theatre repertory fest

Rebecca Walters (as Chief Constable Isobel McArthur) and Paul Herbert (as Alfred Chalmers) in Ensemble Theatre’s production of Dark Road. Derek Fu photo.

If you’re feeling all musicaled-out from summer theatre offerings like As You Like It, Mamma Mia!, and 42nd StreetEnsemble Theatre has three decidedly unmusical alternatives in its summer repertory series.

Dark Road is the first play from bestselling mystery-thriller writer Ian Rankin. A Few Good Men, written by Aaron Sorkin, inspired the Tom Cruise/Jack Nicholson drama of the same name. And Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane is typical of the British-Irish playwright’s mordant sense of humour.

All three are at Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) beginning July 12, with the plays alternating nights. See below for more info.

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A Dark Road, a Beauty Queen and A Few Good Men at this summer’s Ensemble Theatre repertory fest

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.).

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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.

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