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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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

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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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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Theatre Preview: Mess provides insight into overcoming anorexia

Anorexia is the topic of Mess, a 75-minute play presented by The Vancouver International Children’s Festival and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.This critically-acclaimed show from England is unique because it’s not the dark play many people might expect. Instead, it’s been described as an experience that infuses humour, creativity and fun songs while offering a poignant look into the power anorexia holds over individuals and their loved ones.

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Club PuSh sizzles up the Vancouver arts scene this January

While Old Man winter may be continuing his tyranny over Vancouver, local arts fans will soon be able to escape to the sizzling atmosphere of Club PuSh. Held at the Fox Cabaret, this social hub of the 13th annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival promises to provide exciting theatre in a casual, fun setting.

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Kayla James takes over Mary Poppins umbrella in style

Stepping into the role of Mary Poppins is never an easy task. There’s the expectation to match or at least come close to reaching the standards of Julie Andrews. But in the Arts Club’s current remount of Disney’s Mary Poppins, actress Kayla James also had the challenge of living up to Sara-Jeanne Hosie’s acclaimed performances from previous seasons. Fortunately for audiences this holiday season, James is phenomenal as the iconic English nanny who flies through the sky with her umbrella and changes lives one household at a time.

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The Concierge of Vancouver is a fresh look at city's housing crisis

From headline news stories to cocktail party conversations, Vancouver’s housing crisis seems to be a daily topic of conversation. Matchmaker Production’s current play, The Concierge of Vancouver, written by Sahul Ezer, looks into this topic from a pretty cool angle. While the writing of the play isn’t amazing, the story itself is fascinating and the talented cast deliver top notch performances.

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