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Review From The Seat

Read my reviews of plays, musicals, dance shows and performance-related events, seen through the eyes of a regular, arts-loving bum-in-the-seat - of the playhouse or auditorium. Agree or disagree but add your thoughts as comments.

Conor Wylie as teacher. Photo by Dahlia Katz

My Funny Valentine by Dave Deveau
Directed by Cameron Mackenzie
A Zee Zee Theatre Production at The Dance Centre
February 7 to 18, 2018

Conor Wylie on set of My Funny Valentine. Photo by Dahlia KatzVancouver, BC:  When Zee Zee Theatre's Artistic Director Cameron Mackenzie and playwright, Dave Deveau, welcomed the opening night audience, they pointed out that this was the 10th Anniversary both of...

Cast of 13 : The Musical. Photo by Anita Alberto
13: The  Musical
Directed by Chris Adams
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn
A Bring On Tomorrow Co. Production
Waterfront  Theatre, Granville Island
Vancouver, BC: A successful Broadway musical with the entire cast as well as the band made up of teenagers?  Seems an unlikely scenario, and yet that was the situation when 13 opened on Broadway in October of 2008. Although this Vancouver production does not have teenagers as band members, the cast features 19 local teen actors, who despite their youth seem to have...
Miranda MacDougall, Donal Thoms-Cappello, Caitlin Clugston, Crystal Balint, Michael Lomenda, and Jennifer Copping. Photo by Rhonda Dent.

City of Angels - Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gilbert
Directed by Jennifer Copping and Sylvia M Zaradic
PIT Collective at Performance Works - July 8th to 17th, 2017

Vancouver, BC: Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s this musical blends the technicolor, real world story of Stine (Donal Thomas-Cappello), author of detective novel City of Angels, and the film noir world of Stine’s screenplay which he is adapting from his book. The project is in the over-controlling hands of Hollywood producer - director Buddy Fidler (Paul Herbert) who, aided by by...

Jane Miller

Vancouver, BC:  Some years ago I was standing at the edge  of the elegant ballroom floor of the Queen Mary II cruise ship, enjoying the vocalist singing with the dance orchestra when out of the blue I felt a overwhelming wave of sadness wash over me and tears welled up.  I had no idea what it was about the refrain he was singing that provoked this emotion. The song was only vaguely familiar. Later that night when I returned to my cabin, and with only the few words of the refrain in my head, I searched the internet for the title...

Evan Frayne, Joey Lespérance. Photo by Tim Matheson
The Hunger Room by Scott Button
Directed by Stephen Heatley
A Staircase Theatre Production at PAL Studio Theatre
May 25 to June 10
 
Vancouver, BC: I read a lot and my literary addiction is to thrillers so I anticipated with spine-tingling enthusiasm, the staging of The Hunger Room, a new play by local playwright and actor, Scott Button. This turned out to be an excellent event to end my 6 month hiatus from theatre reviewing and recharge my enthusiasm for seeing works by the many small independent theatre companies that have sprung up in the Vancouver scene. ...

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