The level of excellence on Vancouver stages right now is unprecedented. Here is a round-up of five shows we think you should not miss.
1. Speed-the-Plow – Mitch and Murray Productions’ takes Mamet’s words and builds a show that our review called a finely wrought treat of contemporary theatre. Fine acting and beautiful design combine to make this an intellectual treat for the age of reality television. On stage at Studio 16 (1555 West 7 Ave) until November 29. Visit http://mitchandmurrayproductions.com for tickets and information.
2. How to Disappear Completely – what our review called simple, always authentic, and brilliant storytelling, lighting designer Itai Erdal steps onto the stage to deliver this real-life story of his mother who is dying of cancer. Erdal may not be an actor, but he is a brilliant storyteller. On stage at Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond) until November 22. Visit http://gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – this cast is phenomenal, anchored by performances from Markian Tarasiuk and Erin Cassidy in what our review called must see theatre. You owe it to yourself to find out why Studio 58 continues to crank out such talent year-after-year. On stage at Langara College’s Studio 58 (100 W 49 Ave) until November 3o. Visit http://studio58.ca for tickets and information.
4. Broken Sex Doll – silly, slapstick, and boundary-pushing all rolled up into one tight little package, this show what our review says redefines what theatre can do. On stage at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr) until November 22. Visit http://thecultch.com for tickets and information.
5. Small Parts – we predicted it and we were right, this one delivered. A love letter to a mom, our review found it fascinating to watch the different layers Hudgins finds in his memory. On stage at Performance Works until November 23. Visit http://solocollective.ca for tickets and information.