It has been another great year for Vancouver theatre, and as I look back at the dozens of shows that I saw in 2014, I am struck by the diversity (musicals, comedies, dramas) that make up my top ten list of the best of Vancouver theatre.
It is always tough putting together this annual list with so much amazing talent in our city, but I always look forward to sharing those shows each year that left the biggest impression on me, and having the opportunity to acknowledge them one more time. And just to show you how difficult it is to pick only ten, I also present a bonus five that also deserve another mention.
I am honoured to have been asked to join the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award committee for this year’s Jessie Awards and as always, I remain grateful to the theatre companies who invite me to see their shows. And as we head into the new year, I once again encourage you to make a new year’s resolution to experience more live theatre in 2015.
And then there were fifteen … here are five more shows that also deserve mention:
Through the Gaze of a Navel (The Chop Theatre / Boca del Lupo) – a yin-yang of genuine respect and gentle derision of our west coast fascination with yoga
The Tempest (Bard on the Beach) – a near perfect storm of design, music, costumes, performance and direction
The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic Productions) – this all-female production was as good anything in Vanier Park this summer (plus it had air-conditioning)
Crazy For You / Annie / Shrek (Gateway Theatre / Royal City Musical Theatre / Theatre Under the Stars) – okay this is another three, but this trio still has me humming a happy tune
The Chariot Cities(The Chariot Collective / Vancouver Fringe Festival) – this brand new musical is going places