This week we take a trip to both New York and Iran, and explore the nature of politics and theatre.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Vancouver’s Haberdashery Theatre Company’s production of The Motherf**ker with the Hat (until Jan 30) is an impressive start for this brand new company. A first-rate cast brings Stephen Adly Guirgis’ gritty urban drama to life, transcending its raw exploration of the effects of addiction on love and friendship.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Theatre la Seizieme, Vancouver’s professional French theatre company, presents Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) (Jan 26-30) in which a new actor will read the script for the first time each night. Given fourteen precise instructions, but never having seen the text, each actor tells Soleimanpour’s story.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Exploring what makes a play so controversial that authorities ban it from the stage, the Political Edition (Jan 26) of Pi Theatre’s Lost Word series delves into the a world where a song about a Prime Minister can become the subject of an investigation.