A classic film, the music of the cabaret and Japanese folk tales all make for another eclectic week on Vancouver stages.
[pullquote]”Coupled with the elements of Kabuki, Wondrous Tales of Old Japan promises to be a uniquely imaginative and colourful trek through the fairy-tale worlds of these intriguing stories” – director Mike Stack [/pullquote]Award winning writer and composer for stage, television, film, radio and print, John MacLachlan Gray is Melanie Friesen’s special guest at this month’s VIFF Cinema Salon with a screening of his favourite film, the 1941 classic The Lady Eve (Apr 1) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda and Charles Coburn. Following the screening the audience is invited to discuss the film over drinks and snacks in the Film Centre lounge. As an added bonus this month, Vancouver costumer historian Ivan Sayer will bring two dresses he bought at Stanwyck’s estate auction.
Kurt Weill is alive and well and living in Vancouver. Quebec music-theatre collective L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres returns to The Cultch with Cabaret Brise-Jour / Shattered Cabaret (Apr 2-6), dipping into the repertoire of Kurt Weill. From Berlin cabaret and Parisian nostalgia to New York’s Broadway, the eight-piece orchestra retraces the path of the musician in exile with rare instruments and music-objects, conjuring Weill’s dramatic and musical world and the best and worst of the human condition.
Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Wondrous Tales of Old Japan (Apr 4-20), a collection of Japanese folk tales for ages 7+ that brings life to four ancient Japanese legends through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming and shadow puppetry. From worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches and fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, these tales are sure to enthrall the young theatre-goer and their parents.