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Nov
23
Thu
Captain Future Saves the World! — Evergreen Cultural Centre @ Evergreen Cultural Centre
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm

Written and Performed by Lucas Myers

What happens when the imaginations of the future are threatened by the brain numbing, highly addictive, social networking apps of the evil Dr. SAMGOOGAPPLESOFTSUNG-MART? Captain Future Happens! With his trusty ukulele, Myron, and his slightly less trustworthy time machine, the Timeswozzler 8000, Captain Future will take audiences back through time to bring the history of our imaginations vibrantly alive, using songs, raps, puppets, and interactive performance. Will his hijinks succeed?  Find out in CAPTAIN FUTURE SAVES THE WORLD!

 

Coming Up For Air — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

A KAY MEEK + Room One-O-One Productions Presentation
Studio Theatre

By George Orwell
Adapted by Leslie Mildiner

The one-man stage adaptation of the 1939 novel by George Orwell stars award-winning actor Bernard Cuffling as George Bowling, an insurance salesman who makes an escape from “Hilda and the kids” in London for a few days following a win at the races. George visits his boyhood village in an attempt to recapture childhood innocence but finds it changed beyond recognition by the effects of modern life. His feelings of loss are intensified by the threat of war looming on the horizon.

Written by Orwell in 1938 and published in 1939, Coming Up for Air captures pre-war anxiety, a tension between nostalgia and progress, and deals with similar political and societal themes of Orwell’s masterwork 1984.

Play Series Sponsor: PARC Retirement Living

Excellent…Cuffling makes George’s grief over the loss of innocence match our own.”—Vancouver Courier

 

 

The New Conformity — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

Cause & Effect Circus Production

An award winning theatrical social commentary packed with high-level circus skills. Smashing the audience’s preconceptions of the juggling arts, The New Conformity uses juggling as the background of a touching story with engaging silent characters and laugh out loud humour.

The show brings to light a universal struggle of the modern age: the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality — all told through tightly choreographed prop manipulation, martial arts, and physical theatre.

Directed and Choreographed by Chris Murdoch, Ryan Mellors, and Yuki Ueda.

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

#NoFilter — Vancouver Theatre Sports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 23 @ 9:15 pm

#NoFilter uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers – crushing the LOL of TMI.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or Tweeted) to drive the action.

The first half of the show features a series of short vignettes – for instance, the actual Tweets of celebrities chosen by the audience could form the dialogue of a scene. Another scene may feature the improvisers scrolling through an Instagram feed to use as the basis of an improvised on-the-spot ‘TED-like Talk.’ The second half of the show transitions into long form improv where the players have the opportunity to really explore a platform through improvised comedy such as a mini-movie based on the ‘I Saw You’ section of Craigslist or, the improvisers could create a fictional social media personality and, using audience suggestions, explore the celebrity’s world through how they present themselves on the various social media platforms.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m.

Half Price Hilarity – Tickets for #NoFilter are half-price $7.75 (plus fees/taxes) instead of $15.75 so come on your own, or put a group together. At this price, who wants to stay home and watch Netflix.

#NoFilter is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Nov
24
Fri
Coming Up For Air — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

A KAY MEEK + Room One-O-One Productions Presentation
Studio Theatre

By George Orwell
Adapted by Leslie Mildiner

The one-man stage adaptation of the 1939 novel by George Orwell stars award-winning actor Bernard Cuffling as George Bowling, an insurance salesman who makes an escape from “Hilda and the kids” in London for a few days following a win at the races. George visits his boyhood village in an attempt to recapture childhood innocence but finds it changed beyond recognition by the effects of modern life. His feelings of loss are intensified by the threat of war looming on the horizon.

Written by Orwell in 1938 and published in 1939, Coming Up for Air captures pre-war anxiety, a tension between nostalgia and progress, and deals with similar political and societal themes of Orwell’s masterwork 1984.

Play Series Sponsor: PARC Retirement Living

Excellent…Cuffling makes George’s grief over the loss of innocence match our own.”—Vancouver Courier

 

 

Almost, Maine — Pacific Theatre @ Pacific Theatre
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm

The midwinter night is cold and clear as the northern lights dance above: it’s the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical tapestry of the joys and perils of romance, set in one night in a small town in Maine.

“Almost, Maine packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” -The New York Daily News

ADVISORY: Some strong language.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams. Featuring Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, and Baraka Rhamani.

 

Campground: A Murder Mystery in the Woods — Surrey Civic Theatres @ Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm

Was it the hipster on the wharf with a bag of stale gluten-free buns? Or the redneck on the beach with the out-of-control jet ski? When a man goes missing, a police officer follows clues from iPhone videos and Facebook posts. Was there foul play? More importantly, did anyone remember toilet paper? Lucas Myers’ observational humour and brilliant character work make this a hilarious theatrical experience!

Do some sleuthing on your own! Visit the Facebook profiles of Justin Case from Vancouver and Michael Hodgkins from Medicine Hat and see if you can find some clues!

Audience advisory: mature themes and strong language.

 

The New Conformity — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm

Cause & Effect Circus Production

An award winning theatrical social commentary packed with high-level circus skills. Smashing the audience’s preconceptions of the juggling arts, The New Conformity uses juggling as the background of a touching story with engaging silent characters and laugh out loud humour.

The show brings to light a universal struggle of the modern age: the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality — all told through tightly choreographed prop manipulation, martial arts, and physical theatre.

Directed and Choreographed by Chris Murdoch, Ryan Mellors, and Yuki Ueda.

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

Theatre Sports™ – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 24 @ 9:30 pm

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Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot.

Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward them with bonuses as he/she sees fit. And round after grueling round, the audience votes for the best scenes & the sharpest improv.

THEATRESPORTS® is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance!

Ok Tinder: Swipe Right Comedy — Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 24 @ 11:15 pm

Vancouver TheatreSports pokes fun at Vancouver’s notorious dating scene with our latest late-night show, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.

Most single Vancouverites have a tale or two to tell about their experiences with on-line dating.

Join us Friday and Saturday nights at 11:15 as our improvisers ‘match up’ to turn the good, the bad and the ludicrous of Vancouver’s dating scene into 60 minutes of side-splitting laughter. Don’t have a date? No problem! Come anyway, you might meet your perfect match at the show. There’s ‘Plenty of Laughs’ to be had by all. This is one instance when swiping right ensures a good time.

Ok Tinder is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nov
25
Sat
Almost, Maine — Pacific Theatre @ Pacific Theatre
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm

The midwinter night is cold and clear as the northern lights dance above: it’s the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical tapestry of the joys and perils of romance, set in one night in a small town in Maine.

“Almost, Maine packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” -The New York Daily News

ADVISORY: Some strong language.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams. Featuring Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, and Baraka Rhamani.

 

Coming Up For Air — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm

A KAY MEEK + Room One-O-One Productions Presentation
Studio Theatre

By George Orwell
Adapted by Leslie Mildiner

The one-man stage adaptation of the 1939 novel by George Orwell stars award-winning actor Bernard Cuffling as George Bowling, an insurance salesman who makes an escape from “Hilda and the kids” in London for a few days following a win at the races. George visits his boyhood village in an attempt to recapture childhood innocence but finds it changed beyond recognition by the effects of modern life. His feelings of loss are intensified by the threat of war looming on the horizon.

Written by Orwell in 1938 and published in 1939, Coming Up for Air captures pre-war anxiety, a tension between nostalgia and progress, and deals with similar political and societal themes of Orwell’s masterwork 1984.

Play Series Sponsor: PARC Retirement Living

Excellent…Cuffling makes George’s grief over the loss of innocence match our own.”—Vancouver Courier

 

 

Coming Up For Air — Kay/Meek @ Kay Meek Centre
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm

A KAY MEEK + Room One-O-One Productions Presentation
Studio Theatre

By George Orwell
Adapted by Leslie Mildiner

The one-man stage adaptation of the 1939 novel by George Orwell stars award-winning actor Bernard Cuffling as George Bowling, an insurance salesman who makes an escape from “Hilda and the kids” in London for a few days following a win at the races. George visits his boyhood village in an attempt to recapture childhood innocence but finds it changed beyond recognition by the effects of modern life. His feelings of loss are intensified by the threat of war looming on the horizon.

Written by Orwell in 1938 and published in 1939, Coming Up for Air captures pre-war anxiety, a tension between nostalgia and progress, and deals with similar political and societal themes of Orwell’s masterwork 1984.

Play Series Sponsor: PARC Retirement Living

Excellent…Cuffling makes George’s grief over the loss of innocence match our own.”—Vancouver Courier

 

 

Almost, Maine — Pacific Theatre @ Pacific Theatre
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm

The midwinter night is cold and clear as the northern lights dance above: it’s the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical tapestry of the joys and perils of romance, set in one night in a small town in Maine.

“Almost, Maine packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” -The New York Daily News

ADVISORY: Some strong language.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams. Featuring Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, and Baraka Rhamani.

 

Campground: A Murder Mystery in the Woods — Surrey Civic Theatres @ Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm

Was it the hipster on the wharf with a bag of stale gluten-free buns? Or the redneck on the beach with the out-of-control jet ski? When a man goes missing, a police officer follows clues from iPhone videos and Facebook posts. Was there foul play? More importantly, did anyone remember toilet paper? Lucas Myers’ observational humour and brilliant character work make this a hilarious theatrical experience!

Do some sleuthing on your own! Visit the Facebook profiles of Justin Case from Vancouver and Michael Hodgkins from Medicine Hat and see if you can find some clues!

Audience advisory: mature themes and strong language.

 

The New Conformity — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm

Cause & Effect Circus Production

An award winning theatrical social commentary packed with high-level circus skills. Smashing the audience’s preconceptions of the juggling arts, The New Conformity uses juggling as the background of a touching story with engaging silent characters and laugh out loud humour.

The show brings to light a universal struggle of the modern age: the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality — all told through tightly choreographed prop manipulation, martial arts, and physical theatre.

Directed and Choreographed by Chris Murdoch, Ryan Mellors, and Yuki Ueda.

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

Theatre Sports™ – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 25 @ 9:30 pm

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 2.56.12 PM

Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot.

Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward them with bonuses as he/she sees fit. And round after grueling round, the audience votes for the best scenes & the sharpest improv.

THEATRESPORTS® is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance!

Ok Tinder: Swipe Right Comedy — Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 25 @ 11:15 pm

Vancouver TheatreSports pokes fun at Vancouver’s notorious dating scene with our latest late-night show, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.

Most single Vancouverites have a tale or two to tell about their experiences with on-line dating.

Join us Friday and Saturday nights at 11:15 as our improvisers ‘match up’ to turn the good, the bad and the ludicrous of Vancouver’s dating scene into 60 minutes of side-splitting laughter. Don’t have a date? No problem! Come anyway, you might meet your perfect match at the show. There’s ‘Plenty of Laughs’ to be had by all. This is one instance when swiping right ensures a good time.

Ok Tinder is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nov
26
Sun
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

Rookie Night – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm

Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s Rookie Night puts our young improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. They may just be the future stars of tomorrow. These 90 minutes of improv will showcase the talent of these new players and prepare them for the bright lights of mainstage.

Vancouver TheatreSports® League has a history of fostering some of the funniest minds of our time. Perhaps one of these Rookies will be the next big thing in the North American entertainment scene.

Bring a couple of friends and cheer on our “stars of tomorrow”!

Nov
28
Tue
TheatreSports™ – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

 

Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot.

Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward them with bonuses as he/she sees fit. And round after gruelling round, the audience votes for the best scenes & the sharpest improv.

THEATRESPORTS® is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance!

Bibish de Kinshasa — Théâtre la Seizième @ Studio 16
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm

A journalist leaves her native Congo looking for a more promising future. In mid-flight, she is overwhelmed with doubt. Has she done the right thing? The emigrant then remembers what she leaves behind, taking us with her through the busy, vibrant, colourful streets of Kinshasa. This guided tour of the woman’s memories is interwoven with casual conversations between the author and the stage director who are cooking on stage, preparing a Congolese dish that will be shared.

Part storytelling evening, part talk show and part informal meal among friends, the play, in a festive atmosphere, evokes the cultural, political and philosophical frictions that taint the relationships between the Western world and Africa.

Produced by Hôtel-Motel
Written by Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu
Directed and adapted by Philippe Ducros
With Gisèle Kayembe, Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Philippe Ducros & Papy Maurice Mbwiti
Production team: Manon Claveau, Thomas Godefroid, Caroline Turcot & Julie Vallée-Léger

English surtitles on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat
Bilingual talk-back on Nov 29

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

Nov
29
Wed
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves — The Cultch @ York Theatre
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm

The Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van telling, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves.” Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches.

The draw: Panto favourite Allan Zinyk returns!

Credits:
Written by: Mark Chavez
Directed by: Anita Rochon
Music and Lyrics: Veda Hille
Musical Director and Additional Music and Lyrics: Ben Elliot
Orchestra: Ben Elliot and Todd Biffard

 

TheatreSports™ – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm

 

Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot.

Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward them with bonuses as he/she sees fit. And round after gruelling round, the audience votes for the best scenes & the sharpest improv.

THEATRESPORTS® is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance!

Almost, Maine — Pacific Theatre @ Pacific Theatre
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

The midwinter night is cold and clear as the northern lights dance above: it’s the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical tapestry of the joys and perils of romance, set in one night in a small town in Maine.

“Almost, Maine packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” -The New York Daily News

ADVISORY: Some strong language.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams. Featuring Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, and Baraka Rhamani.

 

Bibish de Kinshasa — Théâtre la Seizième @ Studio 16
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

A journalist leaves her native Congo looking for a more promising future. In mid-flight, she is overwhelmed with doubt. Has she done the right thing? The emigrant then remembers what she leaves behind, taking us with her through the busy, vibrant, colourful streets of Kinshasa. This guided tour of the woman’s memories is interwoven with casual conversations between the author and the stage director who are cooking on stage, preparing a Congolese dish that will be shared.

Part storytelling evening, part talk show and part informal meal among friends, the play, in a festive atmosphere, evokes the cultural, political and philosophical frictions that taint the relationships between the Western world and Africa.

Produced by Hôtel-Motel
Written by Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu
Directed and adapted by Philippe Ducros
With Gisèle Kayembe, Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Philippe Ducros & Papy Maurice Mbwiti
Production team: Manon Claveau, Thomas Godefroid, Caroline Turcot & Julie Vallée-Léger

English surtitles on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat
Bilingual talk-back on Nov 29

 

The New Conformity — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

Cause & Effect Circus Production

An award winning theatrical social commentary packed with high-level circus skills. Smashing the audience’s preconceptions of the juggling arts, The New Conformity uses juggling as the background of a touching story with engaging silent characters and laugh out loud humour.

The show brings to light a universal struggle of the modern age: the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality — all told through tightly choreographed prop manipulation, martial arts, and physical theatre.

Directed and Choreographed by Chris Murdoch, Ryan Mellors, and Yuki Ueda.

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

TheatreSports™ – Vancouver TheatreSports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 29 @ 9:15 pm

Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot.

Each TheatreSports match is overseen by a referee. More than just a whimsical host, the ref will slap the improvisers with penalties & jabs, or reward them with bonuses as he/she sees fit. And round after gruelling round, the audience votes for the best scenes & the sharpest improv.

THEATRESPORTS® is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance!

Nov
30
Thu
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves — The Cultch @ York Theatre
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

The Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van telling, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves.” Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches.

The draw: Panto favourite Allan Zinyk returns!

Credits:
Written by: Mark Chavez
Directed by: Anita Rochon
Music and Lyrics: Veda Hille
Musical Director and Additional Music and Lyrics: Ben Elliot
Orchestra: Ben Elliot and Todd Biffard

 

Almost, Maine — Pacific Theatre @ Pacific Theatre
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

The midwinter night is cold and clear as the northern lights dance above: it’s the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical tapestry of the joys and perils of romance, set in one night in a small town in Maine.

“Almost, Maine packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” -The New York Daily News

ADVISORY: Some strong language.

Directed by Kaitlin Williams. Featuring Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, and Baraka Rhamani.

 

Bibish de Kinshasa — Théâtre la Seizième @ Studio 16
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

A journalist leaves her native Congo looking for a more promising future. In mid-flight, she is overwhelmed with doubt. Has she done the right thing? The emigrant then remembers what she leaves behind, taking us with her through the busy, vibrant, colourful streets of Kinshasa. This guided tour of the woman’s memories is interwoven with casual conversations between the author and the stage director who are cooking on stage, preparing a Congolese dish that will be shared.

Part storytelling evening, part talk show and part informal meal among friends, the play, in a festive atmosphere, evokes the cultural, political and philosophical frictions that taint the relationships between the Western world and Africa.

Produced by Hôtel-Motel
Written by Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu
Directed and adapted by Philippe Ducros
With Gisèle Kayembe, Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Philippe Ducros & Papy Maurice Mbwiti
Production team: Manon Claveau, Thomas Godefroid, Caroline Turcot & Julie Vallée-Léger

English surtitles on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat
Bilingual talk-back on Nov 29

 

The New Conformity — Presentation House Theatre @ Presentation House Theatre
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

Cause & Effect Circus Production

An award winning theatrical social commentary packed with high-level circus skills. Smashing the audience’s preconceptions of the juggling arts, The New Conformity uses juggling as the background of a touching story with engaging silent characters and laugh out loud humour.

The show brings to light a universal struggle of the modern age: the comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality — all told through tightly choreographed prop manipulation, martial arts, and physical theatre.

Directed and Choreographed by Chris Murdoch, Ryan Mellors, and Yuki Ueda.

 

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius — The Cultch @ Historic Theatre
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

Five actors perform a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or they say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audaciously satirical and physical, Titus Bouffonius offers a lumpy, stumpy, disorienting look at violence, revenge, and broken baby dolls.

The draw: A new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

 

#NoFilter — Vancouver Theatre Sports League @ The Improv Centre
Nov 30 @ 9:15 pm

#NoFilter uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers – crushing the LOL of TMI.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or Tweeted) to drive the action.

The first half of the show features a series of short vignettes – for instance, the actual Tweets of celebrities chosen by the audience could form the dialogue of a scene. Another scene may feature the improvisers scrolling through an Instagram feed to use as the basis of an improvised on-the-spot ‘TED-like Talk.’ The second half of the show transitions into long form improv where the players have the opportunity to really explore a platform through improvised comedy such as a mini-movie based on the ‘I Saw You’ section of Craigslist or, the improvisers could create a fictional social media personality and, using audience suggestions, explore the celebrity’s world through how they present themselves on the various social media platforms.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m.

Half Price Hilarity – Tickets for #NoFilter are half-price $7.75 (plus fees/taxes) instead of $15.75 so come on your own, or put a group together. At this price, who wants to stay home and watch Netflix.

#NoFilter is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Dec
1
Fri
East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves — The Cultch @ York Theatre
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm

The Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this East Van telling, our hero flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and straight into the madness of the PNE, where she dances with Superdogs, takes a ride on the Coaster, and befriends washed up 80s rock stars “The Seven Dwarves.” Pure Panto hilarity ensues as they do everything they can to escape the Queen’s wicked clutches.

The draw: Panto favourite Allan Zinyk returns!

Credits:
Written by: Mark Chavez
Directed by: Anita Rochon
Music and Lyrics: Veda Hille
Musical Director and Additional Music and Lyrics: Ben Elliot
Orchestra: Ben Elliot and Todd Biffard

 

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