Sarah Harrison as Mere Ubu and Naomi Vogt as Pere Ubu in the Theatre at UBC production of Ubu Roi on stage at the Frederic Wood Theatre Mar 20-Apr 5. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Sarah Harrison as Mere Ubu and Naomi Vogt as Pere Ubu in the Theatre at UBC production of Ubu Roi on stage at the Frederic Wood Theatre Mar 20-Apr 5. Photo by Tim Matheson.

A banned play, a farce built around tea and new work from local composers make for another exciting week on Vancouver stages.

[pullquote]On it’s Paris premiere in 1896 Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi provoked a 15 minute riot with it’s first word “Shitter!” and was instantly banned.[/pullquote]With some of the best advance photos we’ve seen in a very long time from any local theatre company, it will come as no surprise the Theatre at UBC production of Ubu Roi (Mar 20-Apr 5) makes our list this week.  Add to these wild images the fact that Alfred Jarry’s satire about greed and the abuse of power was originally outlawed for its scandalous language, violence and disrespect for authority, and you’ve got a winner in our books.

North Vancouver’s Presentation House is host to the surreal physical comedy duo James & Jamesy in a production of 2 For Tea (25-30 Mar).  Called “farce at its finest” by Zoe Grams in her review for GayVancouver.Net, writers and performers James Brown & Jamesy Evans turn an ordinary tea party into a fantastic wonderland of stimulation and play.

Sonic Boom 2014 (Mar 26-30) showcases new works from some of British Columbia`s most interesting composers, performed by some of the Lower Mainland’s best musicians.  This five day musical event not only features evening concerts but is supplemented by workshops, lectures & panel discussions, and more. This year, the festival features the Erato Ensemble, Heidi Krutzen and John Oliver, as well as an eclectic mix of other new, smaller ensembles.