The Arts Club goes to school, the Theatresports team looks to the comics and Vital Spark goes to war in this week’s picks on Vancouver stages.
Willy Russell’s 1980 play Educating Rita (through Oct 25), which borrows heavily from Shaw’s Pygmalion (itself adapted into the 1950s musical My Fair Lady) opens the new season at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage. It tells the story of feisty working-class hairdresser Rita who may be plenty street-smart but not book smart. Determined to improve herself, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant’s literature course and while the world-weary academic educates her on Shakespeare and Chekhov, she schools him on everything else.
It’s a bird, it’s a plan, it’s the Vancouver Theatresports League’s latest, The Superhero Show (Oct 2-Nov 15). In this new show, from longtime VTSL performer Michael Teigen, improvisers will create an entirely improvised superhero story each night based on suggestions from the audience.
Vital Spark presents a “new and improved” production of Joan Bryans’ Rebel Women (Oct 3-Nov 16). Recounting the history of suffragettes in England, this theatre verbatim play uses the women’s actual words and songs to create the play.