10 Vancouver arts shows to check out in February

Jan 25 2020, 9:00 am

Enjoy a night out at the theatre with our picks of 10 great arts events in Vancouver in February. Check out Dear Evan Hansen, PuSh Festival, and more.

For more things happening around town, take a look at our events section.

Spine by Clara Brennan

What: Spine by Clara Brennan is presented by Backbone Theatre Company, and tells the story of an “explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Kate Besworth portrays both Amy and Glenda in this acclaimed one-woman show.

When: February 4 until February 8, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre — 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Forget Me Not

What: Forget Me Not by Ronnie Burkett features 100 audience members each holding a unique puppet. The show is set in “The New Now, a time when written language is suppressed and forgotten, and hand-drawn love letters are a powerful act of defiance. Presented by The Cultch.

When: Various dates from February 4 to March 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Secret location
Tickets: Online

Straight White Men

What: The Western Canadian debut of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. The first act of the performance is a satirical comedy, where three brothers returning home for the holidays are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic. The brothers are forced to examine the effects of traditional masculinity. The second act of the performance is a Talk Forward, with a different featured speaker giving their unique perspective on the topics in the show.

Where: February 6 to 15, 2020 (no show on Monday)
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre — 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2020

The Fever – PuSh Festival (Waleed Shah)

What: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver’s mid-winter festival, returns for its 16th year of groundbreaking work in the live performing arts until February 9. PuSh 2020 includes 27 works from 24 companies from nine countries, including six world premieres. Festival-goers will also want to check out Club PuSh, the festival’s showcase of experimental and edgy acts.

When: Now until February 9, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets and Passes: Online

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

What: The Barber of Seville by Rossini tells the tale of Figaro’s escapades as he helps Count Almaviva get Rosina away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company, and Canadian conductor Nathan Brock make their mainstage Vancouver Opera debut.

When: February 13, 15, 20, and 23, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on February 23)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Talking Sex on Sunday

What: Talking Sex on Sunday is a new musical by Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Nico Rhodes. On the first Sunday of every month Margot and her friends always host a theme party. What happens when Margot decides to kick it up a notch by having a Sex Toy Party? Women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, and find the power of female friendship.

When: Tuesday to Sunday from February 14 to March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Kim’s Convenience

Kim’s Convenience (Emily Cooper)

What: Mr. Kim is proud of his store, Kim’s Convenience. After thirty years of selling lottery tickets, catching petty thieves, and reporting illegally parked cars, he tries to convince his artist daughter, Janet, to take over the store. The play by Ins Choi that inspired the hit TV sitcom. An Arts Club Theatre Company production based on the 2018 Pacific Theatre production.

When: February 19 until March 1, 2020 (no show Monday)
Time: Various times
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre — 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

The Wedding Party

What: Arts Club in partnership with Prairie Theatre Exchange presents The Wedding Party by Kristen Thompson, a comedic tale of two families at each other’s throats on the big day. Based on characters created with Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Bahia Watson.

When: Various dates from February 27 until March 22, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre — 162 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dear Evan Hansen

What: Dear Evan Hansen, the story of a teenage boy who gets wrapped up in a tragic event by happenstance, is playing in Vancouver this February, as part of the Broadway Across Canada 2019/20 Season. Dear Evan Hansen picked up six Tony awards in 2017, including Best Musical, as well as a 2018 Grammy Award.

When: February 25 to March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Best Of Enemies

What: Best of Enemies tells the story of civil rights activist Ann Atwater and the Exalted Cyclops of the local KKK chapter C.P. Ellis. When a mediator arrives to institute nationally mandated desegregation, Ann and C.P. are forced into an uneasy truce as they battle for control of the future.

When: February 28 until March 21, 2020
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturdays)

Where: Pacific Theatre — 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online