#FridayFive: 5 shows worth seeing on a Vancouver stage

It’s a rare occurrence where we can recommend five shows at once. Based on reviews from our contributors, here is a quintet of theatre offerings, either on stage right now or coming next week, that we think are worthy of your entertainment dollars:

1. A Steady Rain (until May 31)

You need to hurry because you have just one more chance to see the remount of this “tightly wound and theatrically intriguing” offering from Seven Tyrants Theatre. On stage above the notorious Penthouse in downtown Vancouver, this gritty police tale offers two absolutely terrific performances. More info: tyrantstudios.com.

Daniel Deorksen and David Newham in the Seven Tyrants Theatre production of A Steady Rain, which gets a remount as the company's seasons closer.
Daniel Deorksen and David Newham in the Seven Tyrants Theatre production of A Steady Rain, which gets a remount as the company’s seasons closer.

2. The Cake (until June 8)

What our reviewer Katie Gartlan-Close called “charming and heartfelt”, Pacific Theatre offers up Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake, a tender look at the way we approach viewpoints contrary to our own and how, when we love someone, we believe we can shift. More info: pacifictheatre.org.

Stephanie Elgersma, Erla Faye Forsyth, and Cecilly Day in the Pacific Theatre production of The Cake. Photo by Javier Sotres.
Stephanie Elgersma, Erla Faye Forsyth, and Cecilly Day in the Pacific Theatre production of The Cake. Photo by Javier Sotres.

3. Matilda the Musical (until July 14)

Just a couple blocks away on the Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Roald Dahl’s children’s book comes to life in this musical Christine Pilgrim raves is “mischievous, magical, and marvellous”. More info: artsclub.com.

Members of the cast of Matilda the Musical. Photo by David Cooper.
Members of the cast of Matilda the Musical. Photo by David Cooper.

4. Throne and Games – The Last Laugh (until June 15)

Spoiler alert! So what do you do now that Bran the Broken has ascended the Iron Throne and you are “jonesing” for your weekly fix of the Westeros soap opera? Head down to the Improv Centre on Granville Island for Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throne and Games, the often hilarious show Mark Robins says “will definitely help with the withdrawals”. More info: vtsl.com.

Graeme Duffy and members of the cast of Throne and Games – The Last Laugh.
Graeme Duffy and members of the cast of Throne and Games – The Last Laugh.

5. Straight Jacket Winter (June 6-8)

Our #2 pick of the best of Vancouver theatre in 2016 returns to the revived Magnetic North Theatre Festival in this semi-autobiographical story about loneliness and isolation “told with a sense of fun and whimsy”. More info: magneticnorthfestival.ca.

Frédéric Lemay and Julie Trépanier in Straight Jacket Winter. Photo by Renaud Philippe.
Frédéric Lemay and Julie Trépanier in Straight Jacket Winter. Photo by Renaud Philippe.