10 Vancouver arts shows to check out in August

Jul 23 2019, 7:36 am

A wonderful assortment of arts events are yours to enjoy this August, including Vines Arts Festival, Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival, and more. Here are 10 arts shows happening in Vancouver this month.

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The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck

What: The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck is a comedy about the intersection between show business and life. Roxanne’s professional and personal life collide when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. Now Roxanne has to balance her feelings for both men while working with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, and producers threatening to close the show. Starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant, and Drew Henderson, and directed by Mel Tuck.

When: August 1 to 3, August 8 to 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: PAL Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vines Art Festival 2019

What: The fifth-annual multidisciplinary eco-arts celebration, Vines Art Festival features over 80 performing and visual and performing artists at parks throughout Vancouver: Jericho Beach, Trout Lake Park, Kitsilano Beach, Pandora Park, Crab Park, Renfrew Ravine, David Lam Park, Creekside Park and Harmony Gardens. Enjoy eco-art, music, artworks, dance, drag, plant walks, poetry, theatrical performances, creative workshops, fashion, and more.

When: August 7 to 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

What: The first production of Vagrant Players Theatre Society’s 2019/2020 season. Disgraced tells the story of corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor, who is living a happy wife with loving family and about to get the biggest promotion of his career. But things take a turn when he helps his nephew with a case defending a man of Muslim faith. Featuring Hesham Hammoud, Jordana Largy, Albert Nicholas, Bethany Brown, and Ardy Ramezani, and directed by Jessica Charbonneau.

When: August 8 to 11, August 13 to 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Nest on Granville Island – 1398 Cartwright St 3rd Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

What: Pulitzer prize-winning drama Our Town by Thornton Wilder tells the tale of Grover’s Corners, a fictional small town set between 1901 and 1913, and the everyday lives of the townspeople. This is Peninsula Productions’s inaugural show in our beautiful new black box theatre.

When: August 8 to 11, August 15 to 18, August 21 to 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm and 2 pm matinees on select dates
Where: Peninsula Productions Black Box Theatre – 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock
Tickets: Online

The Winter’s Tale: A Teen Shakespeare Production

What: King Leontes and King Polixenes are childhood friends but a tragic misunderstanding drives them apart and thrusts those they love into an incredible adventure. A story of sorrow and joy, regret and forgiveness, and the timeless power of love – a perfect tale to share on a magical starry night outdoors. Come see the stars of tomorrow on Carousel Theatre for Young People’s stage today. All ages are welcome.

When: Now until August 10, 2019 (no shows on Sundays)
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Outdoor Stage in Ron Basford Park – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free, optional premium seating can be reserved online in advance ($6) for those wanting to guarantee seats in the bleachers.

Deep into Darkness

What: Third Wheel Production’s Deep into Darkness invites you into the mind of Edgar Allan Poe as “he desperately searches for his lost love in this tragic dream within a dream,” experiencing poems like ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Raven.’ Explore over 20 rooms and three floors as you touch objects, rifle through drawers, and read through papers, unravelling “the mystery of [Edgar Allan Poe’s] chaotic descent into madness” at The Cultch. Attendees should dress comfortably and be prepared to walk/stand for the entirety of the show. The show is 18+ due to adult themes involving nudity and violence.

When: August 13 to 18, August 20 to 25, 2019
Time: Doors 7:15 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Cultch — 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Tickets: Early bird price $65, regular price $75, and at-door price $85

Theatre Under the Stars: Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies

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What: Audiences will be transported to the warmth of a Greek island and witness a fight for what’s right this summer, when Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies this summer season at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Enjoy a carefree evening of theatre surrounded by the scenic beauty of Stanley Park as young talent from across the Lower Mainland share the stage with some of Vancouver’s finest professional theatre artists. 

When: Now until August 24, 2019 (performances alternate evenings)
Time: Various times
Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Tickets: At Theatre Under the Stars

Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival

What: ETC’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival features three productions at Jericho Arts Centre: The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts, and Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin. A mix of comedy and drama for all theatregoers.

When: Alternating nights until August 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm matinee of The Drawer Boy on August 4)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival 2019

What: Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with seven days of top tap talent. The festival features local and international tap dance artists in premiere performances, workshops and intensives, and community events. There will also be a 20th Anniversary Gala at The Orpheum Annex on August 31.

When: August 26 to September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues in Downtown and East Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach / Photo by Jason Keel

What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events on the BMO Mainstage and the Howard Family Stage through September. The lineup this year includes The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.

When: Now until September 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online