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!

Raise a glass of California wine at the Arts Club’s annual fundraiser

The Arts Club Theatre Company is behind some of Vancouver’s best and liveliest theatre. This season alone, the company has brought audiences the Broadway hit Fun Home, the stunning, award-winning Angels in America Part II: Perestroika, and the family favourite Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

To help deliver these and other great shows every season, the Arts Club holds an annual fundraiser. The California Wine Fair Fundraiser is an all-inclusive, social tasting event that lets wine lovers sample selections from the Golden State.

This year’s event boasts a selection of over 400 wines from 150 of California’s top wineries. The tasting takes place Monday, April 9 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place). To find out more about the event, and upcoming Arts Club shows, keep reading.

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Raise a glass of California wine at the Arts Club’s annual fundraiser

Stephen King’s Misery comes to the Vancouver stage

Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione in the Arts Club Theatre’s production of Misery. David Cooper photo.

One of Stephen King’s best-known thrillers is coming to the Vancouver stage.

From April 5-May 5, the Arts Club presents its production of Misery. First published in 1987, Misery is a thriller featuring a romance novelist who falls into the hands of one of his biggest, and most demented, fans. No one who saw the 1990 movie can forget the scene where Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes shows what lengths she is prepared to go to to keep author Paul Sheldon tapping away on his keyboard (or typewriter, as it were).

Read more about the Arts Club’s production below.

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Stephen King’s Misery comes to the Vancouver stage

Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

The Anne of Green Gables phenomenon refuses to die. Last year, the CBC aired a new adaptation. Now, a local company is presenting the musical version of the iconic Canadian story.

Prince Edward Island-born Lucy Maud Montgomery was 34 when she published her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. It was an immediate success, and Montgomery followed it with a number of sequels.

In 1956, a musical version of the book was produced for television. In 1965, the musical was performed onstage for the first time at the Charlottetown Festival. Since then it’s been performed every year at the festival, making it Canada’s longest-running musical. Versions have been produced in London, Japan, and New York. Over the years, more than 18 actors have played Anne in the musical.

From March 15-24, Exit 22 Company Productions presents Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. A cast of 22 and an eight-piece orchestra are bringing the show to life. The set has been designed to evoke images of Prince Edward Island, the story’s setting.

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Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

Tony Award-winning family drama comes to Vancouver

The cast of The Humans. David Cooper photo.

A Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about a family at odds is coming to Vancouver.

Stephen Karam’s The Humans won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016 and was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In a review, The Guardian called The Humans “… funny, mournful, richly detailed, and deeply humane.”According to the media release, the play is “both bitingly funny and poignant… [and] a richly detailed, compassionate portrait of an ordinary family at odds, with itself and with the uncertainties of life, amidst a changing America.”

The Arts Club Theatre Company is mounting The Humans at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St.) March 22-April 22. See below for more details.

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Tony Award-winning family drama comes to Vancouver

Heritage theatre brings back acclaimed Leonard Cohen tribute

Steve Charles and Lauren Bowler in Chelsea Hotel. David Cooper photo.

One of East Vancouver’s most treasured heritage theatres is celebrating its 35th anniversary season this year by bringing back one of its most popular productions.

From March 17-April 21, the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.) presents the return of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. In the award-winning tribute, a group of actors/musicians presents a dramatic scenario that offers live performances of many of the late singer’s best-known, most-loved songs: “Everybody Knows,” “I’m Your Man,” “Hallelujah” and many more.

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Heritage theatre brings back acclaimed Leonard Cohen tribute