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Opera Mariposa/Heroic Opera’s bring “Un Ballo in Maschera” to life

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About 20 years ago I saw a production of “Die Fledermaus” in London’s west end. The theatre was small, the orchestra numbered five, and the cast was less than 12. I wondered how they were going to carry off such … Continue reading

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East Van Panto: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

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Celebrating its 5th year, the Theatre Replacement East Van Panto is back with an outrageous take on Snow White. In this tale our heroine flees the Queen of North Vancouver across the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and lands straight into the … Continue reading

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VSO: Barry Douglas plays Rachmaninoff

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Renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a Vancouver favourite.  He brings a combination of power and grace to the piano few can match. Douglas performs Rachmaninoff’s lush, romantic Piano Concerto No. 2, quite possibly the best-loved piano work of all, … Continue reading

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Alley Theatre: The Ridiculous Darkness

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Alley Theatre, in partnership with Neworld Theatre, leaps into the  Fall season with a rare, large-scale, multi-community production. This is a stage adaptation and North American premiere of an award-winning radio play from by Germany’s Wolfram Lotz. The Ridiculous Darkness … Continue reading

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The Cultch: Daisy Theatre’s “Little Dickens”

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World-renowned puppeteer Ronnie Burkett returns to The Cultch! The cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé … Continue reading

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VSO: Orpheum 90 — Let’s party like it’s 1927!

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An exubertant evening of celebration, silent film, and live vaudeville —  with your hosts Bill Richardson and Maestro Bramwell Tovey. A tribute to 90 years of entertainment! Join the VSO and friends for a Roaring 20s-themed birthday bash to celebrate … Continue reading

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Chor Leoni: One Last Song

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Chor Leoni continues its beloved tradition of Remembrance Day concerts with a program of powerful music paired with thoughtful readings focused on the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge and its mythic place in Canadian history. Musical highlights include Lizzy Hoyt’s … Continue reading

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United Players: Taken At Midnight Rings Chillingly True

First, a great big “Thank You” to the United Players’ Artistic Director, Andree Karas, for bringing Mark Hayhurst’s phenomenal play about Hitler’s early days from London to West Point Grey. This is a true story, about one courageous, intelligent, thoughtful … Continue reading

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