The Merchant of Venice -reviewed


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


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


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


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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The Elbow Room Café brings magic to York Theatre in rousing night of musical fun


The Elbow Room Cafe is a staple in Vancouver as a soulful hub on Davie street with loud, eccentric patrons and fantastic meals, served with a side of playful banter. Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical managed to capture the cafe’s essence and condense it into one fantastic show. Continue reading

Iconic Vancouver restaurant Elbow Room Café, known for its sassy service and colourful characters, hits the York stage in Zee Zee Theatre’s new musical


After two years of development, Zee Zee Theatre Company and The Cultch are thrilled to announce the world premiere of Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical. Elbow Room Café: The Musical offers a candid look inside the world of Vancouver’s iconic Elbow Room Café, home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and hearts of gold. This show explores the notion of legacy: how we age together in a technicolour world. Elbow Room playwright/lyricist Dave Deveau (Lowest Common Denominator, My Funny Valentine), composer/lyricist Anton Lipovetsky (Cool Beans, Broken Sex Doll, The Park), and director Cameron Mackenzie (Lowest Common Denominator, 5@50) sink their teeth into the whimsy and heart of café owners Patrice and Bryan as they manage the hectic world of one of Vancouver’s most recognizable restaurants. They are the heart and soul of the show, and anchor an eclectic and campy cast of misfits, drag queens, and the perpetually hung over. Continue reading