Don’t leave home for great opera! We have the best right here, evidenced by the thrilling production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by Vancouver Opera. You still have two chances (Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m.) to take in this memorable production, which includes Bo Bonniol’s incredible scenic design and video projection. Director Kelly Robinson makes full use of the huge Queen Elizabeth with added stage projection in front of the orchestra pit. Not only was the orchestra splendid, under Steuart Bedford’s baton, but the singing from each and every member of the huge cast was spot on. The acting, which has so often taken a back seat in operas of yore, is as good as it gets. Kudos to Stephen Hegedus, Daniel Okulitch, Erin Wall, Giles Tomkins, Colin Ainsworth, Krisztina Szabo, Rachel Fenlon and Aaron Durand for their cohesive and thoroughly entertaining work. A second fully Canadian cast played the March 7 performance and will reprise them on Sunday, March 9th. RUN, don’t walk to catch “Don Giovanni” at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. You will never look at opera the same way again. Guaranteed!
Zee Zee Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Dave Deveau’s controversial and riveting new play, which explores the world of intergenerational relationships and unleashes the darkness that exists just underneath a thin skin. Directed by Cameron Mackenzie, starring Deborah Williams, Dallas Sauer and Shawn Macdonald (and boasts a highly accomplished design team: Kyla Gardiner (Lighting Design), Sydney Cavanagh (Costume Design) & Marina Szijarto (Set Design). From the company that brought you My Funny Valentine, Lowest Common Denominator centres around Harmony, who is trying to get back on her feet post-divorce, and who ends up on a blissful, booze-filled date with Peter, an insurance salesman. But when she walks in on her seventeen-year-old son Trevor kissing Peter, something changes in her, and the course of all three of their lives is set in motion - perpetually intertwined. This is a play about the unconditional love of a mother for her son, and what happens when the safety of that love is challenged. This shows asks how intergenerational relationships work, what we do or do not understand about them and what pre-existing conceptions (or misconceptions) we may have.
8:00 p.m. March 14 to 30 PAL Studio Theatre 538 Cardero St.
Ent Van’s editor spoke with the playwright recently. Here’s that conversation:
Alan Lewis, Lisa Ryder and Nicholas Lea. Photo: David Cooper
Acclaimed visual artist Stan Douglas and award-winning screenwriter Chris Haddock make their theatrical debut with this highly anticipated, intoxicating mixed-media spectacle set in the Vancouver of 1948. Visit the vanished worlds of the old Hotel Vancouver and Hogan’s Alley—the city’s hot spot for gambling and vice. Helen Lawrence is an intriguing, hard-boiled tale of loyalty and money that illumi-nates our city’s politics during a time of historic upheaval. “Throughout the show, there are two ideas in play at the same time—one derived from the literal reality on stage, and the other from the images projected on screen,” said Douglas. “The images are fundamentally unstable and depict relationships that could change at any moment. As such, these visuals are much like the futures the characters are trying to forge for themselves in the story.” The most prominent feature of Helen Lawrence is the blue-screen enclosed stage on which the play itself is performed. Filmed and live images of the actors are projected into detailed and fully furnished virtual spaces, so the story unfolds simultaneously as a film and a play. If live television is, in essence, filmed theatre, this is “live cinema” and more than that, it is an opportunity to think cinema through the theatrical and theatre through the cinematic simultaneously.
8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday: 200 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
March 13 to April 13 Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Tickets: 604.687.1644 www.artsclub.com