• 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 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 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

    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. 

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

    I have been to Thailand but never seen Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical The King and I. Based on a fictionalized account of a true story, the plot involves a young widowed British schoolteacher who moves to the kingdom of Siam with her young son to teach the children of the King. Events of this story occurred in the 1860s and the musical premiered nearly 100 years later in 1951...

  • Posted December 5th, 2013 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Tonight I went to experience Corporations in our Heads - here's my tweet-a-long thoughts for your reading pleasure.

  • Posted December 2nd, 2013 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring is playing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Dec 8th, a co-production between Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera. Albert Herring is advertised as a comic opera dealing with the themes of isolation and alienation.

  • Posted November 18th, 2013 by Danielle Benzon · Vancouver

    In act two Karin says of Romeo and Juliet “You know how it will end and yet you still feel for them.” That is exactly how I felt watching The Romeo Initiative at the Cultch by Touchstone Theatre.

  • Posted November 18th, 2013 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Sean Devine has written an intentionally confusing play (and also stars in it). Directed by Richard Wolfe (who is also in the show), this incredibly slick production earned loud applause on opening night. Kudos to the cast and creative team for a job well done.

  • Posted November 18th, 2013 by Allyson McGrane · Vancouver

    Sometimes it is simply wonderful to see theatre with new eyes. It was my privilege to attend the Arts Club Theatre's new production of Mary Poppins with a young friend of mine (who is a seven year-old named Tania).

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