This week we’re all about theatre including a musical adaptation, an English comedy, and an ambitious close to the season for one local company.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]The University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film presents Triumph of Love (Mar 19-Apr 4), the tongue-in-cheek modern musical adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s 18th century romantic comedy. Resembling a chamber musical more than a traditional book musical, it is based on the Marivaux’s commedia dell’arte play Le Triomphe de l’Amour, full of delicious deception, gender confusions and all the complexities of love.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]The 2015 season kicks off for Western Gold Theatre with a production of Laburnum Grove (Mar 20-22) by J. B. Priestley. An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this comic story of money, family, and criminality.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]The season closes for Ghostlight Projects with this ambitious program of three plays playing in rep including a biblical perspective of sexuality and religion in 1950s Texas with Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi (Mar 13-Apr 4); Randie Parliament’s back stage tale of a drag queen with The Singing Butler (Mar 14-Apr 4), and the absurdist comedy Exit The King (Mar 20-Apr 1) by Eugene Ionesco.