b current Theatre is presenting a double bill of solo shows at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre over the next two weeks, billed together as the second edition of its afteRock Plays. Veteran theatre creator Catherine Hernandez uses a playlist of music to punctuate her story of growing up as a queer woman of colour in The Femme Playlist, while Sébastien Heins performs Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera with his own rhymes, parodying rap stereotypes from the 1970s to the present day. The shows run solo (and discounted) for their first week of previews and paired together (at a combo price for both) until the end of the run; view the schedule here to pick when to see which, and in what order.
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These days, vacationers flock to Australia for the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and, of course, kangaroos. But back in 1788, the only people travelling Down Under were the thieves, murderers, and prostitutes exiled from Britain. Our Country’s Good tells the story of some eager convicts who decide to make the best of their situation by putting on a play, unintentionally humanizing themselves in the eyes of their captors.
To the delight of those who fell victim to ticketing website crashes last year, The Book of Mormon is back! The brainchild of South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, this expectedly crude musical follows two 19-year-old Mormons as they travel to Uganda in hopes of converting the inhabitants of a small village. As one might imagine, hilarity ensues (with the help of some pretty catchy songs).
Most of us can remember a place from our childhood that our parents forbade us to visit—which only encouraged us to explore. For a bunch of suburban teens, that place is Concord Floral, a massive abandoned greenhouse. But when two friends unearth a terrible secret about the site, their discovery sends a ripple effect through the community.
World War II has ended, and the inhabitants of Vancouver are recovering and reorganizing. In film noir style, Helen Lawrence combines theatre, live film, art, and computer-generated visuals to tell the story of a community’s power struggle that rose from the ashes of war.