The Merchant of Venice -reviewed

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Bard on the Beach has taken on a modern rendition of The Merchant of Venice this year. Helmed by Nigel Shawn Williams and starring Olivia Hutt (Portia), Charlie Gallant (Bassanio), and Warren Kimmel as Shylock, the Merchant focused on the difficult themes of intolerance and patriarchy over it’s comedic attributes. Continue reading

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Bard on the Beach rounds out 2017 season with a test of friendship in Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 28th season with The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Directed by Scott Bellis, Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively tale of friendship, love and loyalty, with two very funny clowns and a loveable Basset hound that just might steal the show! The Two Gentlemen of Verona plays on the Howard Family Stage from June 29 to September 17. Continue reading

Power and prejudice reigns at Bard on the Beach with The Merchant of Venice in 28th season

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 28th season with a provocative interpretation of The Merchant of Venice. Playing on the Howard Family Stage from June 22 to September 16, the production shines a spotlight on themes that are particularly relevant in 2017, including religious prejudice and discrimination and the use and abuse of power.

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Heathers the Musical comes to Vancouver

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Social commentary and psycho thriller come together in Heathers the Musical, the story of Veronica Sawyer (Christine Quintana), a teenage misfit who gets in with the most popular high school clique. She never thought she’d get in, but she did. She also never though she’d date the dark and mysterious new kid, but she did. And she certainly never dreamt of killing anyone, but she kind of did.

Based on the 1988 cult film written by Daniel Waters and starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the musical will play at York Theatre in Vancouver, January 6th to 17th. Enjoy this funny, heartfelt, homicidal show directed by David C Jones with a diverse cast.

“When I was an elected member of Canadian Actors Equity I learned about the importance of theatre to reflect the cultural make-up of the city it is in,” admits director David C. Jones. “Theatre has the ability to transform audiences but if they do not see themselves reflected how can they connect? I became a strong advocate of fair representational casting practices. When we announced auditions I was determined that we get the cast that reflected the city of Vancouver which currently sits at 52% non-Caucasian. It just seems right, it just seems fair and it just seems important.”

Jessie Richardson Award Winning actress Christine Quintana plays Veronica Sawyer, our misfit heroine who gets in with the wrong crowd, with recent Studio 58 graduate Kamyar Pazandeh as the brooding JD. The trio of terrorizing Heathers isSynthia Yusuf, Devon Busswood and Nhi Do. Playing against type – Colin Sheen (and Hal Wesley Rogers) play the brutish and dumb football bullies, while Steffanie Davis plays one of their victims.  The adults are played by producer Lori Watt, Ken Overbey and Nelson Wong. Rounding out the cast of high school students and cliques are Quinn Cartwright, Daren Dyhengco, Vivian Full, Brent Hirose, Matt Montgomery, Deanna Rayne and Hall Wesley Rogers.

Performance details for Heathers the Musical are as follows:

  • Runs January  6  to 17 at The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive
  • Previews: January 6 & 7, at 7:30 pm ($15)
  • OPENING NIGHT: January 8, at 7:30 pm
  • Matinees performances are at 2:00 pm January 9, 10, 16 and 17 ($25)
  • Evening performances are at 7:30 pm January 8 to 9 ($30), 12 to 16 ($40)
  • To book tickets, call the Cultch box office at 604-251-1363 or online.