Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, was a hilarious play with a refreshing script, playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre.
Christopher Durang’s witty mash-up of Chekhov characters and smartphones is a delightful new farce for our hyperconnected era. Middle-aged siblings Vanya (Jay Brazeau) and Sonia (Susinn McFarlen) live an angst-ridden, melancholic existence on their family farm. Housecleaner-cum-soothsayer Cassandra (Carmen Aguirre), whose hilariously ambiguous prophecies keep them befuddled, provides the only break from monotony. That is, until their glamorous movie-star sister, Masha (Anna Galvin), swans in for a surprise visit—along with her hunky boy toy, Spike (Robert Salvador). Brilliant performance by actor, Jay Brazeau with so much character from this wonderful cast of characters!
Christopher Durang is the Tony Award–winning author of such acclaimed plays as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (1979), Beyond Therapy (1981), and Betty’s Summer Vacation (1999). Durang is an alumnus of Harvard University and of the Yale School of Drama. He is the co-director of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. In 2013, he won the Tony Award for Best Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
An Arts Club Theatre Company production: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., at 12th Ave) to April 19, 2015. Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets from $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com.
DanceHouse presents Kafig Brasil at the Vancouver Playhouse April 10 & 11, 2015, 8pm.
What do you get when you combine a French/Algerian choreographer steeped in hip-hop and circus arts, and eleven male dancers from Rio de Janiero’s notorious favelas? The answer is CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, which combines the energy and movement vocabulary of the street with the rigour and artistic dimensions of contemporary dance.
Käfig Brasil incorporates the work of four innovative French choreographers—Anthony Egea, Céline Lefèvre, Octávio Nassur, and Denis Plassard—in collaboration with the Brazilian dancers, performed to a soundtrack incorporating diverse musical styles from Baroque to electronic music. A must for fans of Grupo Corpo.
Compagnie Käfig is led by Paris-based Mourad Merzouki. The prolific Merzouki has created 21 works since founding the company in 1996. Käfig means “cage” in German and Arabic, yet the energetic choreographer’s style is anything but confined. French-Algerian Merzouki studied circus arts and martial arts before turning to hip-hop and dance; this openness and versatility continues to characterize his work as a choreographer. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Prix SACD in 2006, Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2012 and Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor in 2012.
Pre-show talk: 7:15pm, Upper Lobby of the Playhouse. With Natalie LeFebvre Gnam (Plastic Orchid Factory) and Astrid Toledo (Cie. Käfig).
Purchase tickets here
Local bartender Mike Shum has won a spot in the Bacardi Legacy global cocktail competition, he will be representing Vancouver when he competes against 7 other bartenders from across Canada. The Canadian competition will be held in Toronto on March 23rd where he will have a chance to present his cocktail to the judges.
He created his cocktail which is called the “Chan Chan” made with Bacardi Blanco rum, dry vermouth, St-Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice, sugar and Peychaud’s Bitters. If he wins the competition in Toronto, he would then go to Sydney, Australia for the finals in April 2015.
- 1 cocktail
- 45mL Bacardi Superior
- 10mL Martini Dry
- 10mL St. Germain
- 20mL freshly squeezed lime juice
- 15mL simple syrup (1:1)
- 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
- Shake with ice until perfect dilution, fine strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an edible flower.
One of the elements of this competition is to share the cocktail and promote it far and wide, you can follow his cocktail with this hashtag #chanchanaroundtown on twitter, instagram and facebook. You can follow Mike on twitter and Instagram @mshumbartender