It may be getting decidedly cooler (and wetter) in Vancouver, but things are definitely heating up on local stages.  Here are five shows we think you should not miss this month:

1. Baby-Sitter (Oct 9-13)

Théâtre la Seizième opens its 2018-2019 season with Baby-Sitter. Inspired by current events, this dark comedy asks: what are the limits of freedom of expression, and how do we deal with the labels that society imposes on us?. In French with select performances presented with English surtitles. More information at seizieme.ca.

The-Babysitter opens Théâtre la Seizième’s season.

2. 2018 Vancouver International Improv Festival (Oct 10-13)

Prepare to get your funny on as Vancouver International Improv Festival returns to Granville Island for a long weekend of over 30 performances and workshops. This year’s festival headliners include Orange Tuxedo from Los Angeles, The 1995 Chicago Bulls from Dallas, and RÅ Power from Edmonton. Local favourites include The Sunday Service, Shakespeare After Dark and Vancouver TheatreSports. More information at vancouverimprovfest.com.

Los Angeles' Orange Tuxedo are among the headliners at this year's Vancouver International Improv Festival.
Los Angeles’ Orange Tuxedo are among the headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Improv Festival.

3. A Brief History of Human Extinction (Oct 10-20)

The Cultch presents the world premiere of Jordan Hall’s latest work, A Brief History of Human Extinction. Combining live action with puppetry, it is set on an uninhabitable earth in 2178, the last woman, man, and otter prepare to launch the Ark, a ship designed to carry our genetic legacy to a new home. More information at thecultch.com.

Lisa C. Ravensbergen and Daniel Martin in A Brief History of Human Extinction. Photo by Matt Reznik.
Lisa C. Ravensbergen and Daniel Martin in A Brief History of Human Extinction. Photo by Matt Reznik.

4. The Wolves (Oct 19-Nov 10)

Following a brief sold-out run as an apprentice project at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, the pack returns in Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. Featuring an ensemble of nine young women, it is the story of an all-female soccer team preparing for a game. As game day approaches, they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, discovering their identities as individuals and a team. More information at pacifictheatre.org.

Members of the cast of The Wolves. Photo by Riun Garner.
Members of the cast of The Wolves. Photo by Riun Garner.

5. Backbone (Oct 30-Nov 3)

As a follow-up to their sold-out run of A Simple Space in 2015, Australia’s Gravity & Other Myths returns to Vancouver with Backbone. In this brand new show, ten world-class acrobats will astound and test the limits of strength. More information at thecultch.com.

Australia's Gravity & Other Myths return to Vancouver with their brand new show, Backbone.
Australia’s Gravity & Other Myths return to Vancouver with their brand new show, Backbone.