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.
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.
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.
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.
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.