Pick shows received rave reviews so organizers bring them back for another performance at Performance Works on Granville Island. Shows include:
• 5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0, a stand-up show that’s “crowd-pleasing entertainment” (Georgia Straight).
• SELF-ish, “a killer” show (Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet) about a 30-something Korean-Canadian.￼
• Poly Queer Love Ballad, about a polyamorous bisexual poet and a monogamous lesbian songwriter in a story so “tender… it made me weep big, nostalgic tears” (Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet).￼
* Squeeze My Cans, about a Catholic girl’s strange journey into the world of Scientology, by “a dynamo of a storyteller” (Winnipeg Free Press).
• Unscripted, a completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot from Travis Bernhardt, “who is charismatic enough to get the entire audience to participate” (Vancouver Presents).
￼• The Lady Show, featuring sketch, stand-up, and more fun, that left one reviewer “in such high spirits—and the positivity and hilarity has stuck with me” (Theatre Addicts). (Vancouver: Sept. 19-23)
Castalian String Quartet
Vancouver Recital Society presents the Vancouver debut of the young, London, England-based quartet performing a program of Haydn, Fauré, and Schumann. At Vancouver Playhouse (Sept. 23)
Want to further understand visual art in Vancouver? This show presents a selection of the nearly 12,000 treasures of Vancouver Art Gallery’s vault, through the lens of legendary (and recently retired) senior curator Ian Thom. Widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable curators in Canada, Thom will shed light on the Gallery's process for pursuing works for acquisition. (Vancouver: Sept. 22-March 17)
Arts Club presents the second ever production of Kat Sandler’s twisted fairy tale — a girl’s imaginary friend develops a crush on her mother — which won the 2016 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play. At Granville Island Stage. (Vancouver: Sept. 20-Oct. 20)
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Highlights of the 28th annual event include headline show “Petisa Loca” (Crazy Girl), by Spain’s rising star Sara Calero, who “pushes the form, telling the story of Spanish women in exile” (Georgia Straight) and whose musical accompaniment includes an electronic music duo along with guitar and percussion; “Solo Flamenco,” by Kasandra “La China” Lea with guest dancer Alvin Tolentino from Co. ERASGA, and festival founder Flamenco Rosario’s premiere of a collaboration with two couples from Spain and Mexico. (Vancouver, Sept. 21 to 29)