• Posted July 9th, 2014 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Off to Dancing on the Edge tonight - went to a new Mascall Dance piece called The Three Cornered Hat. Featuring five dancers with choreography by Jennifer Mascall, it's happening at Chapel Arts which is just down the road from the Firehall Arts Centre. The music is by Stefan Smulovitz - he's also in the show playing live violin.

  • Posted June 10th, 2014 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    Touchstone Theatre has this wonderful mandate of producing only contemporary Canadian plays. In addition to this their Flying Start program (in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre) gives new Canadian professional playwrights an opportunity to develop and showcase their work....

  • Posted May 30th, 2014 by Leigh Kerr · Vancouver

    The Art of Stealing, playing at the Firehall Arts Centre until May 31, is a new dance creation from Response Dance and the creative mind of Artistic Director Amber Funk Barton. It is a mesmerizing work that integrates innovative dance with multimedia seamlessly.

  • Posted May 20th, 2014 by Leigh Kerr · Vancouver

    The opening night production of Spamalot at the Arts Club Stanley Theatre was exactly what I was hoping it would be, a hilarious spectacle dripping in silliness. Self described as “lovingly ripped off ” from the comic genius 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this musical ‘...

  • Posted May 15th, 2014 by Beverley Siver · Vancouver

    The experience is like watching a series of snap shots, moving from one into the next, add the sound of voices individual and in a chorus, a violin and percussive instruments aptly punctuating movement and the poetry and you have the essence of Mother Tongue.

  • Posted April 29th, 2014 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Running until May 3 at Studio 1398, Equity Collective Bad Dog Productions is presenting Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Adventure. It's a spoof make-over of The Hound of the Baskervilles adapted by a British comedy duo (John Nicholson and Steven Canny) which was such a hit in its 2007 premiere that it ended up touring the UK and transferring to the West End. 

  • Posted April 7th, 2014 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    Mies Julie is an...

  • Posted March 21st, 2014 by Danielle Benzon & Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    In honour of the visual polyphony attempted by the creative team of Helen Lawrence, two intrepid PLANK reviewers attended the world premiere showing and recorded their discussion post-show in a fairly synchonous fashion. Allyson McGrane and Danielle Benzon weigh in as they hang in a pub drinking Grolsch.


  • Posted March 3rd, 2014 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    I’m sorry, but I have to start with the rant:

  • Posted February 21st, 2014 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    Ballet BC is, in my opinion, the best performing arts company in Vancouver. Innovative, thought-provoking, collaborative, expressive, disciplined, inspired, dedicated and consistent in delivering a high standard of production.

  • Posted January 30th, 2014 by MJ Ankenman · Vancouver

    From the moment you enter into the theatre you are made to feel welcomed. Real life mother, Asha and son, Ravi greet the audience with a handshake, a smile, a personal introduction and food! Delicious vegetarian samosas are handed out.

  • Posted January 16th, 2014 by Jessica Wadsworth · Vancouver

    Precision and armwork.  The articulations of flamenco dancers, totally fluid. Synced group work, a marching arrow of dancers, pierces towards the stage.

  • Posted January 16th, 2014 by Meredith Kalaman · Vancouver

    In watching Wen Wei's latest creation, 7th Sense on Saturday night at the Playhouse, I experienced a myriad of sensations, thoughts and curiosities about the world that he and the dancers created for us that evening.

  • Posted January 16th, 2014 by Ashley Whitehead · Vancouver

    When I think of what I saw watching 7th Sense, I remember the dancers in clear spacial patterns, their black clothing with white trim, the white stage, and fabric columns hanging upstage a few feet from the back drop.

  • Posted January 16th, 2014 by Ashley Whitehead · Vancouver

    What I remember most from when I watched 'Running Sushi' was clarity.  I remember clear lines, shapes, characters and intentions.  There were sharp movements, humorous gestural work, and an economical use of props to accent the metaphors in the still images and movements.  The props I remember are chopsticks, oranges and sushi....

  • Posted January 16th, 2014 by Jessica Wadsworth · Vancouver

    A stark, minimalist stage upon entering the theatre, having just waited outside for half an hour, where the performers handed out sushi to guests whether they wanted it or not. I felt anticipation.

  • Posted January 10th, 2014 by Leigh Kerr · Vancouver

    The evening begins with an “audio house tour” - which turns out to be an engaging lecture by choreographer / dancer Peggy Baker explaining how the art of Canadian artist Sylvia Safdie inspired and influenced the creation for her trio coalesce.

  • Posted December 30th, 2013 by Leah Carmichael · Vancouver

    The foyer was as full as I have ever seen it at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in itself a fantastic sight, the audience a wonderful colourful array of princesses and ballerinas. An electric buzz filled the air, the kind of buzz that theatre and Christmas should be filled with.

  • Posted December 13th, 2013 by MJ Ankenman · Vancouver

    Hotel Bethlehem is a must see this holiday season, especially if you want a break from the syrupy sweet rhetoric of Christmas-themed stories. It is refreshing to see a play that is funny, clever and sometimes teetering on the edge of appropriateness. The premise of the play is to tell the story behind the story, what was going on at the inn in Bethlehem the day that Jesus was born.

  • Posted December 9th, 2013 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Congratulations to Theatre Replacement on Jack and the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto. Children giggled, adults guffawed and by the end I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. This performance offers a fitting kick-off for the grand opening of the Cultch's newest space, The York Theatre. 

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