Vancouver Playhouse is no more but, as they say, the show must go on and Arts Club is providing plenty to fill the void. The company's three houses - Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, Revue Stage - are popping next year and there appears to be something exciting for damn near everyone. (And Ride The Cyclone just for us at The Charlebois Post.)
Take the Christmas season, for instance. All the venues are offering seasonal fare but how different it is! It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas and David Sedaris' hilarious story of his time as a store elf, Santaland Diaries.
There is hard drama throughout the season - a play about race, Clybourne Park (now burning the boards in Toronto), Master Class, about Maria Callas. There is silliness: the old chestnut Boeing-Boeing. There is music, aside from the aforementioned: Dreamgirls; 2 Pianos, 4 Hands; Avenue Q. And there are new works by Yvette Nolan (The Unplugging), MAC Farrant (My Turquoise Years) and Marcus Youssef (How Has My Love Affected You?). Arts Club is even taking on the difficult Restoration comedy, She Stoops to Conquer.
Artistic director Bill Millerd says that programming the venues is "an artistic challenge that I relish."
See the Arts Club website