Our picks this week: Redpatch, Awkward Hug & Le Soulier are your best bets on Vancouver stages tin the next seven days.

Redpatch (Mar 12-31)

Who: Arts Club Theatre Company in partnership with Citadel Theatre and Hardline Productions
What: Redpatch
Where: BMO Theatre Centre (162 W 1st Ave, Vancouver)
When: March 12-31
Why: Following on the heels of the recent production of Children of God, the Arts Club presents a remount of this Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver penned play. Combining dance, myth, and mask to tell the story of a Canadian Metis soldier as he grows from a young boy in a residential school through the First World War. It is what our reviewer called “beautifully affecting” when it first made an appearance on the stage in 2017.
More information at artsclub.com.

Raes Calvert in Redpatch. Photo by Ian Jackson.
Raes Calvert in Redpatch. Photo by Ian Jackson.

Awkward Hug (Mar 14 & 15)

Who: Cory Thibert
What: Awkward Hug
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver)
When: March 14 & 15
Why: It is the show our reviewer called “an endearing, often hilarious, and tender show” when it made its appearance at last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival, it will remind you of the power of love. More information at showpass.ca.

Cory Thibert embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart.
Cory Thibert embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart.

Le Soulier (until Mar 9)

Who: Théâtre la Seizième
What: Le Soulier
Where: Studio 16 (1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver)
When: March 14 & 15
Why: What our reviewer called “an ensemble piece sans pareil“, this new Canadian play from Quebec playwright David Paquet deals with mental health in a unique and engaging way, in both official languages. More information at seizieme.ca.

Members of the cast of the Théâtre la Seizième production of Le Soulier. Photo by Gaëtan Nerincx.
Members of the cast of the Théâtre la Seizième production of Le Soulier. Photo by Gaëtan Nerincx.