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Noblemotion: Storm Front. Photo by Lynn Lane

Best of Festival, The Dance Gallery Festival.

On multiple media lists for performance invitations from around North America, it is rare that I find myself in a city on the same night for which I have an invitation. Despite my lifelong love of different forms of dance, both doing and watching, reviewing contemporary dance is way outside my comfort zone.

So when I realized that my one free night in New York this trip coincided with the Dance Gallery Festival's Best of Festival gala night at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, I decided that this opportunity to see contemporary...

Brett Wiilis, Julia Grace, Meghan Hemingway. Photo by Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

12 Angry Jurors
Based on Twelve Angry Men -TV film and play by Reginald Rose
and adapted by Sherman L Sergel
Directed by Sean Anthony

Vancouver, BC: Twelve Angry Men was first conceived by Reginald Rose in 1954 as a play for television, later adapted for the stage, and then in 1957 made into a film, ranked by the American Film Institute in 2008 as the second best courtroom drama ever made (The number one selection was To Kill a Mocking Bird!). It has been adapted and staged in different formats countless times since - as Twelve...

Elizabeth Kirkland,Frank Zotter, Sharon Crandall, Art Kitching. Photo by Alex Bischoff

The Concierge of Vancouver
by Shaul Ezer
directed and dramaturged by Ian Farthing
Matchmaker Productions
Studio 1398, Granville Island
Oct 7 to16th, 2016

Vancouver, BC: "Does the end justify the means" is a question that has been debated in many different situations but when the context is the crazy Vancouver condominium market it gives this question an intriguing twist.

Al (Art Kitching) is the long time  concierge who looks after a high rise tower in Coal Harbour, where most of the apartments, owned by investors, stand empty for much of the time. As one of...

The cast of Pericles. Photo by David Blue

Pericles by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lois Anderson
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Kamyar Pazandeh and Serana MalaniVancouver, BC:  Pericles is one of the plays in the Shakespeare canon that has until now not made it to my list of "must read" Shakespeare plays. The first of the four romance or tragicomedic plays of the latter part of Shakespeare's career, (Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest), Pericles introduces the theme of past injuries or injustices that are...

Luc Roderique and Kayla Deorksen: Photo by David Blue

Othello by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bob Frazer
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Howard Family Stage at Vanier Park
June 24 to Sept 17, 2016

Vancouver, BC:  In my review of the Bard on the Beach 2009 production of Othello, I commented that Othello ranks as number one favorite on my list of Shakespeare's tragedies. Despite some pushback from those who champion Macbeth or Hamlet, I still favor Othello because the complexity of the characters of Iago and Othello leave so much room for interpretation and debate. With a stellar cast on Amir Ofek's...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon
directed by Marianne Elliott
The National Theatre Production
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York.
June 25, 2016

New York Theatre:  I am so happy that I picked this play to see when a time slot opened up on my New York Week with Kids trip. I am fortunate to see a lot of really good theatre but this production was a standout in every aspect. The script adaptation from Haddon’s novel was very well done, the acting...

Andrew Chown, Hailey Gillis. Photo by David Blue.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kim Collier
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Shakespear's tragic tale of young love doomed by outside forces they are powerless to control, is a timeless drama beloved of diverse audiences around the world. The Vancouver rain was pounding on the big tent in Vanier Park as we listened to Artistic Director Christopher Gaze tell us that this pair of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, will soon take their lives. An interesting choice to have Gaze start the play proper seamlessly from his welcoming statements, and joined for the last...

The Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe in The Drowsy Chaperone. Photo by Tim Matheson

The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison  Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed by Andy Toth   Musical Direction by Erin Hope-Goldsmith  Choreography by  Erika Babins
The Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe at  Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
May 21st, 2016

Vancouver, BC:  I just spent a delightful couple of hours with a friend at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island watching the students of the  Arts Umbrella Musical Theatre Troupe perform The Drowsy Chaperone. I first saw this musical almost ten years ago, shortly after it opened at the...

Audra McDonald, George Farmer in Broadway production. Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva.

Planning a theatre visit to London this summer? If so be sure to see Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, playing at Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, from June 25 to September 3rd, 2016.  I loved the show when I saw it in New York shortly before it closed in 2014. Audra McDonald is reprising her role as the jazz singer Billie Holliday.

Genevieve Fleming as Nora. Photo by Ryan McDonald

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
There are only three performances left of this excellent production of an Ibsen classic so get out to Jericho Arts Centre and catch an evening performance tonight or tomorrow or a 2 PM matinee (Saturday).  It is beautifully staged, the costumes are gorgeous and the performances uniformly excellent. Nora is a dream role for an actor and Genevieve Fleming does it justice.

First published and performed around 1879, at a time in Western society when women had no "rights" and their aspirations and desires were subservient to  father...

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