#FridayFive: 5 shows not to miss in January

Winter is upon us, and what better time to take a break from the local ski slopes than inside the warmth of a local theatre. Here are five shows we think you should not miss this month:

1. The Full Light of Day (Jan 7-12)

Through the use of live-streaming cameras, projections, and film, comes the world premiere of Daniel Brooks’ story of a terminally ill woman who confronts the choices that bought her family privilege, and takes a risk to secure their ultimate redemption. More information at electriccompanytheatre.com.

Gabrielle Rose in the Electric Company Theatre production of The Full Light of Day.
Gabrielle Rose in the Electric Company Theatre production of The Full Light of Day.

2. Unscriptured: Expanded Edition (Jan 10-12)

The 2018 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe returns with a newly expanded version featuring a choir, live music, and guests. What our reviewer called “a clever twist on the improv show”, Travis Bernhardt improvises a church service for a religion based on an audience suggestion.  More information at showpass.com.

In Unscriptured, Travis Bernhardt creates a new religion based on an audience suggestion
In Unscriptured, Travis Bernhardt creates a new religion based on an audience suggestion

3. Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell (Jan 12-Feb 9)

The music of Joni Mitchell returns to the Firehall in a show our reviewer called “perfection” during its run last year. Featuring six quadruple-threats, together they create modern variations on themes by the Canadian icon and singer-songwriter. More information at firehallartscentre.ca.

The enduring music of Canadian icon and renowned singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is reimagined in this energetic musical experience.
The enduring music of Canadian icon and renowned singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is re-imagined in Circle Game.

4. A Prayer For Owen Meany (Jan 18-Feb 9)

Ensemble Theatre Company takes up residence at Pacific Theatre with a remount of the production our reviewer called “quirky, touching and oddly entertaining”, in this stage adaptation of John Irving’s novel. More information at pacifictheatre.org.

Chris Lam reprises his role in the Ensemble Theatre Company production of A Prayer for Owen Meany.
Chris Lam reprises his role in the Ensemble Theatre Company production of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

5. Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival (until Jan 27)

Vancouver TheatreSports pits local improvisers against each other and some of the best from across the United States in this month-long competition. More information at vtsl.com.

Throwdown welcomes teams for head-to-head matches with each other, including local teams comprised of Vancouver TheatreSports League’s top improvisers.
Throwdown welcomes teams for head-to-head matches with each other, including local teams comprised of Vancouver TheatreSports League’s top improvisers.