Not On Netflix is back! Our semi-regular guide to Vancouver theatre – plays we’ve seen and think you should see too, shows we haven’t yet seen but we’re excited to see, and maybe a random curveball every now and then to keep you on your toes. So without further adieu, in no particular order, here is November’s edition.
If you saw our fall performance of “Bug” by Tracy Letts you’re familiar with Lori Triolo as the powerhouse actor who played Agnes. She took the character from good-natured party girl hiding from her past to unhinged enabler ready to literally watch the world go up in flames.
Last week a theatre producer was thoroughly fed up when Jon Snow fans came to see Kit Harrington in a production of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s Theatre. According to the critic, young audience members enjoyed big macs, talked, used their phones (in some instances to record), and were generally unruly.
In tough times the arts are often cast aside as a luxury. “We have more important things happening!” people exclaim. But artistic forms have always helped us shape societies and, perhaps even more importantly, understand them. With very real, tough issues dominating the news, theatre may offer some ways to help us process – here are a few reasons why.