I’m changing things up a bit. I figured it’s a new year, so I might as well. The first change is right here. Instead of what I have done for the past year where I list all the shows I want to see in a given month I am going to list the three shows that I believe are MUST SEES in the Greater Vancouver region.
Will I be seeing all of these shows? Hopefully.
Will I be talking about shows other than these? Of course.
But if you can only see one show in Vancouver this month, allow me to recommend that it be one of these three.
1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (presented by Blackbird Theatre Company at The Cultch. On now through January 16)
Who’s in it: Kevin McNulty, Gabrielle Rose, Craig Erickson, & Meg Rowe
The Buzz: First you have the script – a piece of Albee’s genius – which weaves perfectly the four characters & their story-lines. Then there is the cast – you could not ask for a better quartet of actors. In addition, there is the company’s track record; the last two shows Blackbird presented both won best production Jessie Awards (Peer Gynt in 2007, The Truimph of Love in 2008).
Important Info: Tickets range from $15-35 and can be purchased online through Tickets Tonight or by calling the Cultch box office at 604-251-1363.
2. Nix (presented by The Only Animal at Lost Lake in Whistler, BC. January 22 – February 27th)
Who’s in it: Jennie Esdale & Rylan Wilkie
The Buzz: When Nix premiered in Calgary last year it received 5 stars from the Calgary Herald as well as two Betty awards (lighting & set design) and was nominated for three more (costume design, outstanding new play & outstanding production). It’s set entirely in the snow and ice of Whistler’s lost lake & promises, among other things, a snowman death scene.
Important Info: Though the show runs until February 27th, it will be impossible to go up Whistler unless you have Olympic event tickets. In order to make sure that Vancouver-ites have a chance to see the show, The Only Animal has provided cheaper tickets from January 22 – February 3, as well as a bus to shuttle people up & down the mountain, making it an easy day trip for an additional $20.
3. American Buffalo (presented by Main Street Theater Co-op at Little Mountain Studios, January 13 – 23rd)
Who’s in it: Ryan Beil, Josh Drebit, & Daryl King
The Buzz: Last year Main Street Theatre Co-op presented Glengarry Glen Ross and it got glowing reviews across the board, along with Jessie nominations for Best Production & Best Supporting Actor (Alex Ferguson). This time the cast is smaller and they are transforming Little Mountain Studios into the junk shop the characters work in and the audience will be sitting right in the shop with them.
Important Info: Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $12) & Main Street Studios only seat about 40, so book early to make sure you get a seat.