What happens when a hip Asian American woman moves to a little town in Wyoming? It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but her arrival turns the lives of three men upside down. Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) presents Cowboy vs Samurai – a modern comedic play written by Michael Golamco and directed by Josette Jorge. Elana Chan of CJSF Radio watched the opening performance at the Firehall Arts Centre on July 20, 2007.
Inside the tent, you see a stage that resembles a huge rectangular table, covered in a white cloth and surrounded by several wooden chairs. An ensemble solemnly enters and freezes abruptly. Hearing voices only inches away from you, they are speaking first lines of Timon of Athens. William Shakespeare wrote the script, but director James Fagan Tait and musical director/composer Joelysa Pankanea bring it to life by setting it in modern-day Athens. CJSF A&E’s Elana Chan had the pleasure of attending the opening performance on July 13, 2007 at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
For the past eighteen years, Bard on the Beach has been re-enacting Shakespeare’s poetic repertoire of plays at Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. On Thursday, July 4th, at 8:00 pm CJSF’s Trevor Fallis watched Rome & Juliet and has this to say:
Upon arriving at the venue one is certain to notice how friendly and helpful the staff is. To be sure, the Bard’s staff contributes to the festival’s pleasant and exciting atmosphere.
Gypsy is an ongoing play at the Stanley Industrial Theatre until July 8. Issam Zeibak reviews the Friday, June 1 show which proved to be nothing less than spectacular.
The Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre was full last Friday with a large and eager audience. They were seated behind a stage which eventually featured a fantastic rendition of Jule Styne's vaudeville/burlesque musical Gypsy. The musical progressed over the night with high notes of hope, low notes of depression and even lower notes of the dim reality each of the musical's characters faced.
Here’s a performance that’s always in season - it’s about mothers. Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged features five moms, and their chaotic lives with teenage kids, husbands, and changing bodies. CJSF A&E’s Elana Chan had the pleasure of attending the performance at Art Club Theatre, Granville Island Stage, on May 4, 2007.
Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged
Review by Elana Chan
Disco colours and pop music are hardly what one might expect in a play related to the classic fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, but they are what you’ll find in Robert Lepage’s latest avant-garde work. CJSF A&E’s Elana Chan enjoyed the English-language premier of The Andersen Project: A Modern Fairy Tale at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on May 3, 2007.
The Andersen Project: A Modern Fairy Tale
Review by Elana Chan
Lights, curtain, tap dance – Royal City Musical Theatre (RCMT) presents
at the Massey Theatre – one of the classic backstage musicals debuted in the first half of the 20th century. Elana Chan previewed the performance on April 13, 2007.
Tapping into the Golden Age of Grand Musicals
42nd Street presented by Royal City Musical Theatre
Review by Elana Chan
‘Banana Boys’ packs a solid punch of meaning, energy and entertainment thanks to the dynamite performances of a strong ensemble cast and a lyrical script written by playwright, actor and producer, Leon Aureus, in his debut play. CJSF A&E’s Denise Mok applauds Banana Boys, which plays from February 24 to March 17, 2007 at the Firehall Arts Centre at 280 East Cordova, Vancouver.
CJSF’s A&E Correspondent Denise Mok commends the expert slapstick but mourns the abundant clichés in the Playhouse Theatre Company’s presentation of ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ written by Ron Hutchinson, directed by John Cooper and starring Jay Brazeau, Richard Newman, Stephen E. Miller, and Dawn Petten.
With one energetic, talented actor and a tree swing, the audience experiences the stories of 24 separate characters during the apartheid period in South Africa. Elana Chan of CJSF Radio attended the opening performance of Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on March 31, 2007.