The June To-See List (and what I saw/worked on in May)

It’s been a very busy month for me theatrically.

In May I saw the following plays:

  1. John & Beatrice (Pi Theatre)
  2. Secret World of Og (Carousel Theatre)
  3. 36 Views (Tempus Theatre)
  4. Antigone Undone (Leaky Heaven Circus)
  5. Fat Pig (Mitch & Murray Equity Co-op)
  6. Les Miserables (Arts Club)
  7. Top Girls (Vancouver Playhouse)
  8. Palace of the End (Felix Culpa, Touchstone Theatre, & Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)

Based on this list, I still missed one show from my “To-See” list last month (Dying City), however I added Top Girls & Antigone Undone, so overall I feel pretty good about it as a month of theatre seeing.

I also rehearsed and opened You Still Can’t at Pacific Theatre. This monster of a show features 14 emerging theatre artists from a variety of theatre training programs as well as three “extras’ who volunteer and rotate through from night to night. In addition to a large cast (at least for our little 20″ by 22” stage), it’s a very props heavy show. I’ve mentioned the dozen custom-made latex turkeys, but there’s also a working amusement park model, a Beatles-themed feast, & a working radio DJ booth. It’s been a crazy ride and it still runs for another two weeks.

The day after You Still Can’t closes I’ll be hopping a 7am bus to Kamloops to spend my summer working with Project X Productions on Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It’s going to be a fun summer as far as I’m concerned. Also, it will be a nice break from Vancouver (not that I hate Vancouver. I love Vancouver. I just need a bit of time to get away) and a chance to be close to my parents for a while.

Because I leave town on June 14th, my “To-See” list for June is quite short, though I’ve decided that I will list shows that I will not be seeing but that I think the rest of you should make sure to check out.

June To See List:
1. Othello (Bard on the Beach)
2. Flower Drum Song (VACT)

Shows that you should see, even though I won’t be seeing them:
1. The Walking Fish Festival (www.upintheairtheatre.com) {from what I hear this year has a whole range of shows from amazing to terrible – I’d love to hear what people think!}
2. The Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach)
3. All’s Well that Ends Well (Bard on the Beach)
4. Mixie and the Halfbreeds (Neworld Theatre)
5. Alter Boyz (Arts Club)

And for those of you in Vancouver for the month of June, don’t forget to attend the Jessie Richardson Awards for theatre. If I were in town, I’d definitely be there!
Let’s all see some theatre!

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About Lois

I am a Vancouver-based Stage Manager and frequent theatre goer. After graduating from Trinity Western University I spent two seasons as the resident stage manager at Pacific Theatre. Now I am working as a freelancer with various companies in Vancouver.

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