American Idiot, Salt-Water Moon & The Darkest Hour
American Idiot, Salt-Water Moon & The Darkest Hour

From a rock opera to a Canadian classic and some dark comedy, here’s what we’re most excited about this week on Vancouver stages.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] The gang at Fighting Chance Productions are not taking a vacation. Instead, they are busy putting the final touches on not one, but two musicals this summer. Along with Heathers: The Musical, the team takes on Green Day’s American Idiot (Jul 29-Aug 27). The Tony Award-winning musical is the stage adaptation of the punk rock band’s rock opera album of the same name, and tells the story of three friends who are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Fighting Chance Productions presents Green Day's American Idiot along with Heathers: The Musical this summer
Fighting Chance Productions presents Green Day’s American Idiot in repertory with Heathers: The Musical this summer on Granville Island.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Plan Z Theatre presents David French’s award-winning, Salt-Water Moon (Jul 26-31). Set on a moonlit September night in 1926 Newfoundland, two former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together. Featuring original music from Vancouver’s Julie Casselman, this piece of Canadiana asks whether we truly can go home again.

Plan Z Theatre presents Salt-Water Moon
Plan Z Theatre presents David French’s award-winning Salt-Water Moon.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Instant Theatre return to the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive with The Darkest Hour (Jul 29). This improvisational theatre mixes Gothic fairy tales with audience suggestions for a unique brand of dark comedy.

Instant Theatre presents The Darkest Hour at the Havana Theatre
Instant Theatre presents The Darkest Hour at the Havana Theatre