We’re trying something a little different in our #FridayFive this week. With so much compelling work on Vancouver stages we thought we’d give a round-up of five shows we think you should not miss.
1. Hunter Gatherers – one of the funniest shows you are going to see on a Vancouver stage all season, this one has a cast that is up to the challenges of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s ridiculously witty script. That we were able to invoke Jian Ghomeshi’s name in our review was simply a bonus. On stage at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr) until November 15. Visit http://staircasetheatre.com for tickets and information.
2. Urinetown: The Musical – the 2006 hit is back at the Firehall and for good reason. With its great cast and quirky choreography from Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, what’s not to like? Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a good toilet joke (or fifty) now and then? On stage at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St) until November 29. Visit http://firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.
3. Saint Joan – our review of this one was perhaps a tad unorthodox but it takes nothing away from this solid production led by Meg Roe’s terrific performance as The Maid of Orléans. On stage at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St) until November 23. Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
4. Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook – we were not only struck by Chris McGregor’s deft direction of this beautifully realized production, but were pleasantly surprised that Stephen Schwartz’s music found a second life in this sentimental story about love and life. On stage at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St, Granville Island) until November 8. Visit http://snapshotscollective.com for tickets and information.
5. Small Parts – this one isn’t on stage, yet. It opens next week but after our interview with playwright and director we’re pretty confident in its ability to deliver. Besides, who could resist the idea of Andrew McNee as a singing and dancing liver? On stage at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island) November 12-23. Visit http://solocollective.ca for tickets and information.