Our picks this week: Jack and the Magic Bean, Act of Faith & The Tashme Project

Jack and the Magic Bean (Apr 11-27)

Who: Presentation House Theatre & Marionetas de la Esquina
What: Jack and the Magic Bean
Where: Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver)
When: April 11-27
Why: Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre and Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina team up for the return of this environmental tale for young audiences. Designed for audiences aged 3-8, this interactive tale encourages kids to not just watch the story unfold, but to be an active part of its unfolding. More information at phtheatre.org.

Jack and the Magic Bean. Photo by Emiliano Leyva.
Jack and the Magic Bean. Photo by Emiliano Leyva.

Act of Faith (Apr 11-20)

Who: Realwheels Theatre
What: Act of Faith
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
When: April 11-13
Why: In its ongoing mandate to “deepen audiences’ understanding of the disability experience”, Realwheels presents the premiere of Janet Munsil’s story of a young person with paraplegia who can suddenly walk, and believes she has been healed by a miracle. More information at thecultch.com.

Act of Faith. Photo by Caspar Ryan.
Act of Faith. Photo by Caspar Ryan.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives (until Apr 13)

Who: Firehall Arts Centre
What: The Tashme Project: The Living Archives
Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St, Vancouver)
When: Until April 13
Why: Your best bet on Vancouver stages right now, this lyrical journey through the eyes of Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) from childhood, World War II internment, and post-war resettlement is what our reviewer calls “a quietly polished jewel of a show”. More information at firehallartscentre.ca.

Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa in The Tashme Project: The Living Archives.
Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa in The Tashme Project: The Living Archives.