These two musical and two plays continue to be your best bets on stage right now. Time is running out for three of these shows though as they are in the last couple of weeks of their runs.

The Drowsy Chaperone & Mary Poppins

Playing on alternating nights in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl, The Drowsy Chaperone is the more adult of the two shows, while Mary Poppins remains fun for the entire family. But you can’t go wrong with either. Theatre Under the Stars just extended both shows until August 26.

The Drowsy Chaperone & Mary Poppins. Photos by Tim Matheson.
The Drowsy Chaperone & Mary Poppins. Photos by Tim Matheson.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Quirky, touching and oddly entertaining, the stage adaptation of John Irving’s novel A Prayer for Owen Meany is your best bet this year’s Ensemble Theatre Company’s summer repertory festival.

Anthony Santiago as John Wheelwright and Chris Lam as Owen Meany in the Ensemble Theatre Company production of A Prayer for Owen Meany. Photo by Javier R. Sotres.
Anthony Santiago as John Wheelwright and Chris Lam as Owen Meany in the Ensemble Theatre Company production of A Prayer for Owen Meany. Photo by Javier R. Sotres.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Director Scott Bellis comes up with a solution for the problems in one of the Bard’s earliest works. In The Two Gentlemen of Verona (until Sep 17), Bellis and his cast help demonstrate how it is possible to reinvent a 400-year old work. And did we mention there was a dog?

Andrew Cownden as Launce and Gertie the Basset hound as Crab in the Bard on the Beach production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo by David Blue.
Andrew Cownden as Launce and Gertie the Basset hound as Crab in the Bard on the Beach production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo by David Blue.