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.
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.
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.
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.
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.