This week on Vancouver stages we explore Taiwanese culture, meet Sid and take a walk down memory lane with the Marvelous Wonderettes.
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia launches Spotlight Taiwan, a four year initiative that will explore Taiwanese culture. In this inaugural year, MOA features the Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival (Nov 4-9) with two distinguished Taiwanese puppetry groups, Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe and the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre, in a series of public performances. The Festival culminates on November 9 with a collaborative performance fusing the Taiwanese puppeteers with two Haida artists – storyteller Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) and visual artist Gwaai Edenshaw.
Spec Theatre presents one woman show Sid: The Handsome Bum (Nov 4-8) at the Little Mountain Gallery. Written by Spec Theatre co-founder Ira Cooper, this is the story of Sid, just another face on the Downtown Eastside. Passing her without notice on our daily commutes we listen to her tell tales because she is in a show. Cooper asks if we would listen to her otherwise?
The Marvelous Wonderettes (Nov 6-15) make another appearance in the Lower Mainland as the quartet takes up residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. Reunited at their ten year high school reunion, the foursome quickly discover that their lives have each taken very different and unexpected directions. Their hopes, dreams, heartaches, and collective tensions from the past decade are replayed through dozens of classic songs such as Mr. Sandman, Lipstick on Your Collar and It’s My Party.