A student production of a Moliére classic, a drama about a shooting in an Amish school, and the world premiere of a comedy by celebrated Quebec playwright David Paquet are among February’s theatre highlights. There’s lots more—including the PuSh Festival, on until Feb. 3—so check out the below for something, or some things, you’d like to see.
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party (until Feb. 3 at Vancity Culture Lab)—Part of the PuSh Festival. Recommended.
The Matchmaker (until Feb. 24, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St.)—The Arts Club presents a new production of a 1954 play by Thornton Wilder (Our Town). Tickets start at $29 at artsclub.com.
True Crime (Jan. 31 – Feb 24, Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre)—Torquil Campbell, a member of Canadian indie-rock band Stars, wrote and performs this one-man play about true-life con man Christian Gehartsreiter. Tickets from $29 at artsclub.com or 604-687-1644.
The Learned Ladies (Feb. 5 – 9, Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts, Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way)—Student company Exit 22 presents one of French playwright Molière’s most popular comedies. Set in 17th century France, The Learned Ladies satirizes intellectual snobbery as it follows two young lovers who plan to wed despite the wishes of the girl’s mother. Tickets at $22/$15/$10 at tickets.capilanou.ca.
The Shoplifters (Feb. 7 – March 9, Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St.)—Canadian playwright Morris Panych directs his comedy about a career shoplifter and her misfit crew. Tickets from $29 at artsclub.com or 604-687-1644.
Yoga Play (Feb. 7 – 16, Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)—American playwright Dipika Guha’s satire of corporate politics in the world of yoga. Canadian premiere. Tickets: from $29at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com and 604-270-1812.
The Amish Project (Feb. 20 – 23, Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright St.)—American playwright Jessica Dickey’s play is a fictional exploration of a 2006 school shooting in an Amish community. Dickey originally performed the piece solo in 2009, Off-Broadway. This is a presentation by local company Dark Glass Theatre. Tickets: $35 at brownpapertickets.com.
Children of God (Feb 20 – March 10, York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.)—Remount of Corey Payette’s acclaimed 2017 musical about siblings sent to a residential school.
Changed Utterly (Feb. 22 – March 16, Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.)—Constance Markievicz – born an aristocrat, rich, Anglo-Irish, and married to a Polish Count – helps lead a group of Irish rebels against 20,000 British soldiers in 1916 Dublin. The actual words of the participants are used together with the songs and poetry of the day. Tickets: $28/$24 (seniors and students) at brownpapertickets.com or the door.
Le Soulier (Feb. 27 – March 9, Studio 16, 1555 W. 7th Ave.)—Théâtre la Seizième presents the world premiere of a new play by award-winning Quebec playwright David Paquet. A dark comedy, Le Soulier is about Melanie, her troubled son Benoit, a dentist and the dentist’s receptionist. According to a media release, “With Le Soulier, as in his previous work, David Paquet has successfully developed a colourful language that transports the audience into a Baroque universe with a hint of magical realism.” Tickets: from $26 at seizieme.ca and 604-736-2616.
Better Than This (Feb 28 – March 9, Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. )—A new revue show which chronicles the evolution of women in musical theatre, Better Than This stars Cathy Wilmot, Dionne Phillips, Kyrst Hogan (aka Burgandy Brixx of the multi-award winning Kitty Nights Burlesque), and Brianna Clark. Tickets: $18-24 at showpass.com.