Theatre Review: Solo Collective Theatre’s Satellite(s) is lost in space

Theatre Review: Solo Collective Theatre’s Satellite(s) is lost in space

There’s a lot of confusing elements about Solo Collective Theatre’s latest work, the two-act play Satellite(s) by Aaron Bushkowsky. The script is arguably the worst I’ve ever seen performed in professional theatre; there’s no focus to the storyline, the characters literally ramble, and on top of all everything, there’s a lot of very weird elements. Additionally, the play decides it’s a musical at the end, when the actors abruptly start singing. This hot mess of a show genuinely made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed for everyone involved.

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Theatre Review: Jersey Boys is a riveting biography

Theatre Review: Jersey Boys is a riveting biography

Broadway Across Canada's presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys is a riveting and spectacular biographical telling of the rise and aftermath of 1960s’ music icons, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Told from the perspectives of all four members throughout the years, Jersey Boys is a heartfelt account of the exciting, yet emotionally turbulent ride of each of the members, set to sensational performances of the group’s timeless songs.

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Dance Review: Program 1 defines Ballet BC’s stature as a world-class artistic treasure

Dance Review: Program 1 defines Ballet BC’s stature as a world-class artistic treasure

There’s a common theme underlying Ballet BC’s season-opening work, Program 1. This exquisite offering of two pieces, Eight Years of Silence and B.R.I.S.A., is defined by the personal journey of overcoming personal demons. Whether by confronting one’s own fears or finding the courage to break away from your comfort zone, Program 1 is a remarkable display of artistry, embodied by the incredibly talented Ballet BC dancers, who combine superb technique and versatility into world-class contemporary dance.

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Theatre Review: 13: The Musical brings fresh verve to familiar teen archetypes

Theatre Review: 13: The Musical brings fresh verve to familiar teen archetypes

Mean girls, jocks, freaks, and geeks—the struggles of adolescence always seem to come with these familiar characters. Bring on Tomorrow Co.’s production of 13: The Musicalintroduces us to a new generation of these archetypes in a story about the teenage fight for social acceptance and the true meaning of friendship. It’s also the perfect vehicle to showcase an impressive array of local teenage talents who individually and collectively deliver outstanding performances.

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Ryan Kubeska keeps his cool in a hot real estate market

Ryan Kubeska keeps his cool in a hot real estate market

Ryan Kubeska is undoubtedly one of the top real estate agents in Vancouver. In his seven years in the industry, the 27-year-old has continually turned heads with his impressive sales - while doing it all with his trademark swagger and charm. Read about his journey to success and what motivates him to slay. This is the second installment of my new series, "Slaying it: Vancouver's top young professionals".

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Jersey Boys presale: Book your tickets for the Broadway smash hit coming to Vancouver

Jersey Boys presale: Book your tickets for the Broadway smash hit coming to Vancouver

For this weekend only, buy your tickets to Jersey Boys before tickets go on sale to the public. Presented in a riveting documentary style and enhanced by the electrifying legendary songs of The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys is an exhilarating musical theatre experience. Winner of four Tony Awards, including the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, Jersey Boys is a story about learning life lessons, friendship and resilience. Catch this musical phenomenon in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from November 14-19, as part of Broadway Across Canada’s 2017/2018 season. 

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2GuyWithKnives are cooking up success

2GuyWithKnives are cooking up success

The first in my series, Slaying it: Vancouver's top young professionals. 2GuysWithKnives are more than what their name suggests. True, the two guys, Sergio Pereira and Patrick Carr, use their knives to create delicious yet nutritious meals delivered to their customers’ homes. But the entire effort takes more than just knives. Sergio and Patrick have used their hearts and passion in helping others to build a successful service enjoyed by hundreds of people in the Lower Vancouver mainland. 

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Theatre Review: A star is born: Shannon Hanbury shines in The Drowsy Chaperone

Theatre Review: A star is born: Shannon Hanbury shines in The Drowsy Chaperone

Summer is in full swing and so is Vancouver’s iconic Theatre Under The Stars. One of the two Broadway musicals gracing the stage of the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park this summer is the Tony Award-winning musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. And while there actually is a character in the show called the Drowsy Chaperone (played by renowned actress Catriona Murphy), make no mistake – this production belongs to a glorious triple threat sensation by the name of Shannon Hanbury. She is absolutely dynamite in this show and the price of admission is but a small price to pay to watch this new star slay.

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Theatre Review: The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless display of theatrical magic

Theatre Review: The Phantom of the Opera is a timeless display of theatrical magic

The phantom is back in Vancouver and he’s had a fabulous makeover. Broadway Across Canada’s new touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera keeps the essence and spirit of the original production alive, while making things fresh and exciting for audiences. The show is a stunning spectacle of brilliant performances, visuals, staging and of course, music.

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Enjoy some Disney magic in Stanley Park this summer

Enjoy some Disney magic in Stanley Park this summer

From the sweeping cityscape of London, to the jazzy glitz of the roaring ’20s, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is bringing Broadway sizzle to Vancouver this summer.Considered a favourite annual tradition by many, TUTS presents full-scale Broadway musicals every summer in the majestic setting of Stanley Park. This year, TUTS is presenting the Disney classic, Mary Poppins, as well as the five-time Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone.

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Bard on the Beach adds sexy Italian style to Shakespeare

Bard on the Beach adds sexy Italian style to Shakespeare

Get out the sunscreen, sunglasses and your fave summer attire, because Bard on the Beach is starting to heat things up. Celebrating its 28th season, this beloved Shakespeare festival, known for its fresh takes on the Bard’s classics, will be transporting audiences to Italy all summer long. All four of its headliner shows have been set in the land renowned for wine, art and romance. Much Ado About NothingThe Winter’s TaleThe Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona will captivate audiences with passionate Italian flair.

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Theatre Review: Hand to God is a sinisterly hilarious experience

Theatre Review: Hand to God is a sinisterly hilarious experience

There’s always been something creepy about the puppet and puppet master relationship. For example, the concept of the ventriloquist dummy who gains a mind of its own has always been disturbing. But the idea of a boy whose hand puppet becomes possessed by the devil in a Texas church is next level creepy. Combine that frightening theme with outrageously sexual and contemporary humour and you have yourself a winning show.

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Dance Review: Coastal City Ballet’s Giselle is an authentic gem

Dance Review: Coastal City Ballet’s Giselle is an authentic gem

Giselle is one of the world’s most beloved classical ballets. But since Vancouver is such a contemporary-focused city, it’s rare to see a live production of Giselle. Thankfully, Coastal City Ballet has brought this iconic ballet to life and has done a fine job. Showcasing some outstanding young talent, Coastal City Ballet’s Giselle is also very polished and well-packaged with attractive set, lighting and costume designs.

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Former 'The Hills' star chainsaws his way to success at Art! Vancouver

Former 'The Hills' star chainsaws his way to success at Art! Vancouver

Artists from around the world are getting ready to showcase some unique and innovative pieces at Art! Vancouver. This annual celebration of art will grace the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 25-28. One of the featured artists will be local BC boy, Ryan Cook, who uses chainsaws and a variety of hand tools to turn raw wood into unreal sculptures.

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Dance Review: Ballet BC offers engaging and unique contemporary with Program 3

Dance Review: Ballet BC offers engaging and unique contemporary with Program 3

Ballet BC concludes its 2016/2017 season with Program 3, a triple bill of two pieces choreographed by Israeli artists and one original piece by artistic director, Emily Molnar.Overall, all three pieces were both entertaining and intriguing. Ballet BC’s stature as a top contemporary company is clearly evident. Program 3 demonstrates creativity and various styles of contemporary, while also being very engaging for the audience – a feat that isn’t always achieved with ambitious contemporary.

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Ballet BC concludes 31st season with Program 3

Ballet BC concludes 31st season with Program 3

Ballet BC will conclude its 31st season with Program 3, which opens tomorrow night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. This much anticipated finale to the contemporary ballet troupe's trilogy of montage works this season will feature creations by Israeli choreographers Emanuel Gat and Ohad Naharin, as well as Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar.

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Opera Review: Vancouver Opera gives The Marriage of Figaro a gorgeous makeover

Opera Review: Vancouver Opera gives The Marriage of Figaro a gorgeous makeover

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most beloved operas in the world. The delightful tale of mistaken identities, twists of fate and quests for love is a charming celebration of music and fun storytelling. Vancouver Opera (VO) offers a fresh new take on this classic opera while still maintaining its wit and charming spirit.

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