Jacques Lalonde previews his one-man show Stroke of Luck
Jacques Lalonde previews his one-man show Stroke of Luck

This week’s picks are all about the story: from personal triumph, to emerging talent and some of the summer’s best.

In July of last year, Jacques Lalonde had a stroke that left him without the use of his right arm and right side of his face. In Stroke of Luck (Aug 20), Jacques takes a look inside the brain and how it works, plus an examination of his road to recovery.  A master storyteller, Lalonde may very well inspire you with this one-night only preview of his story before it makes its way to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Staircase Theatre’s Movin’ On Up (Aug 23) has nothing to do with a deluxe apartment in the sky, but everything to do with showcasing two emerging Vancouver playwrights: Scott Button and CR Packer.  Button’s Better tells the story of night janitor Laurie and marketing executive Victoria who find themselves trapped in an elevator.  Victoria is convinced they’ve never met, but Laurie distinctly remembers a chance meeting they had over four years ago, an encounter which changed her life forever.  CR Packer’s Avril, Finally finds three men escaping the reception at a funeral in the church basement in which they not only get stoned and generally piss each other off, but search for the answer to the question of whether or not we can ever really know our lovers’ inner lives.

This week is also about a few of our favourite summer shows including the Theatre Under The Stars production of Shrek: The Musical (…freak flag flying fun for the whole family) at Malkin Bowl, which just added more shows through the end of August.  And over at Vanier Park you still have an opportunity to catch the Bard on the Beach productions of The Tempest (…proves lightning can indeed strike twice) and Equivocation (…smart and surprisingly funny).