Seemingly ripped from recent headlines, Mary Vingoe’s Refuge (Mar 18-Apr 1) tells the story of Eritrean army deserter Ayinom Zerisenai who has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. Based on the award-winning CBC Radio documentary Habtom’s Path, Refuge remains a provocative story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.
2The Daisy Theatre
Seems Vancouver can’t get enough of Ronnie Burkett and his puppets as The Daisy Theatre (Mar 21-Apr 9) returns to The Cultch after three sold out runs. Featuring a cast of 40 marionette characters, the internationally acclaimed puppeteer brings his ever-changing content and nightly improv to the stage, where each show is different … and daring.
Diane Brown, artistic director of Ruby Slippers Theatre and recent recipient of the Bra D’or from the Playwrighting Guild of Canada directs her UBC thesis show, Les Belles-soeurs (Mar 16-Apr 1). Translated into English from the original French, Michel Tremblay’s play changed Quebec theatre as 15 women tell the story of Germaine, the lucky winner of one million goldstar stamps.