Tales of an Urban Indian, The Book of Mormon, Testosterone, Sweeney Todd & When There Is Peace

One may be forgiven in thinking autumn has already arrived in Vancouver with the recent rain and cooler weather, but it is still a few days off. But it got us thinking perhaps it was time to start planning more indoor activities.

So we’ve scoured our events calendar and have come up with five shows we don’t think you should miss this fall:

1. Tales of an Urban Indian

Presentation House Theatre opens its 2018/19 season outside the theatre with the Vancouver premiere of Tales of an Urban Indian (Sep 19-30) staged entirely on a moving transit bus. Driving through areas that inspired playwright Darrell Dennis, it is the “darkly comic” story of Simon Douglas, an Indigenous man raised on reserve and in 1970s Vancouver. The show stars actor, writer, comedian, and star of CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, Craig Lauzon.

Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Craig Lauzon stars in Tales of an Urban Indian.
Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Craig Lauzon stars in Tales of an Urban Indian.

2.  The Book of Mormon

Ding dong! Hello! The Book of Mormon (Sep 25-30), returns to Vancouver for a limited run. This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. The “funniest thing you will see on stage“, it is also one of the most irreverent and blasphemous. Consider yourself warned!

The Book of Mormon returns to Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Book of Mormon returns to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

3. Testosterone

Things get real as The Cultch presents the Canadian premiere of Testosterone (Oct 2-13) at The York. Written by Kit Redstone, it is “about trying to find a place in a very gendered world and making sense of who you are.”

Testosterone asks: What kind of 'man' are you?
Testosterone asks: What kind of ‘man’ are you?

4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

As a run-up to Halloween, Snapshots Collective takes up residence in Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop in Gastown for the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Oct 10-31). In this immersive, site-specific production, audiences will get up close and personal with the demon barber himself and his unholy alliance with the resourceful pie-maker.

Warren Kimmel as Sweeney Todd and Colleen Winton as Mrs Lovett in weeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Warren Kimmel as Sweeney Todd and Colleen Winton as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

5. When There Is Peace

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir honours the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice with the world premiere oratorio When There Is Peace (Nov 10 & 11). From the creative team behind All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the world premiere concert features soprano Arwen Myers, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and the Borealis String Quartet.

When There Is Peace honours the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice.
When There Is Peace honours the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice.