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Jessie Nominations for the Playhouse

Yesterday we attended the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Nominations Party at the Improv Centre. Below is
the list of nominees for Playhouse shows. We are very proud of all of them.

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
Tom McBeath – Death of a Salesman

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role
Dmitry Chepovetsky – This
Bob Frazer – Death of a Salesman

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Clement – The Trespassers
Lucia Frangione – Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter

Outstanding Lighting Design
Alan Brodie – Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Kerem Çetinel – The Trespassers
Gerald King – The Fantasticks

Outstanding Costume Design
Alison Green – Dangerous Corner

Congratulations to all the nominees in all categories. We’d also like to recognize the many talented theatre artists and administrators who contribute to our Vancouver community (nominated or not). And how about those jury members who saw so many shows? They deserve a serious pat on the back too!

For a complete list of nominations visit

Donna Belleville and Tom McBeath as Linda and Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (2010-2011 Season)

Donna Belleville and Tom McBeath as Linda and Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (2010-2011 Season)

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exciting casting announced


There will be some old friends and new faces on stage at the Vancouver Playhouse next season: Peter Anderson (The Overcoat, The Love List), Dean Paul Gibson (Actor: Romeo & Juliet, Stones in His Pockets, Humble Boy; Director: True West, Toronto Mississippi), Rex Harrington (former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada), Kevin McNulty (The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof), David Coomber (Playhouse debut), Kim Collier (Studies in Motion), Andrew Creeggan (The Creeggan Brothers, and formerly of the Barenaked Ladies),  Ryan Reid (The Drowsy Chaperone), Cameron Mackenzie (Playhouse debut). Find out what shows these artists will be involved with by reading the complete media release here.

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The building is buzzing with moving activity. Oh yes, did you know we’re moving?!? Our theatre company is taking its residency at the Vancouver Playhouse to a new level by moving its administration staff to the theatre offices recently vacated by Bard on the Beach. We’re going downtown, folks! The Playhouse Box Office and Administration offices will all be located at the Vancouver Playhouse.  

To help facilitate the move, the Box Office and Administration will be closed on Wednesday, May 11. 

As of Thursday, May 12, 2011……

Box Office: All tickets can now be purchased in person at the Vancouver Playhouse Box Office (at Hamilton & Dunsmuir) Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-5pm. You can also call 604 873 3311 or order online at

Administration: Administration for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company is now located at 301-601 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1. (Entrance at the Playhouse stage door.) All telephone numbers remain the same.

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Amitai Marmorstein & Jennifer Clement  Photo: David Cooper
Amitai Marmorstein & Jennifer Clement Photo: David Cooper


There was a buzz in the City last Thursday, as Morris Panych’s play, The Trespassers  opened at the Vancouver Playhouseast Thursday. Here are the first reviews:

“Succulent is its spirit” Mark Robins, Gay Vancouver:


“The Trespassers is charming” Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun:

“A challenging piece of work”  John Jane, Review Vancouver:

“Winning performances” Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight:


To buy tickets for The Trespassers click here.

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death of a salesman reviews

Tom McBeath, Kevin K. James, Bob Frazer, Donna Belleville. Photo: Emily Cooper

Tom McBeath, Kevin K. James, Bob Frazer, Donna Belleville. Photo: Emily Cooper

What a wonderful opening night we had for Death of a Salesman. As the following reviews will attest, the cast deserved the standing ovavtion they received. Many patrons are claiming this production to be one of the best that they have seen at the Playhouse and in Vancouver.  

“Everything about this production is top-notch” - Ariane Colenbrander @ ariane c design ….

“Willy Loman’s legacy lives on” - Mark Robins @…

“One of the virtuoso performances of (Tom McBeath’s) career” - Gillian Lockitch @ Review from the House…

“Tom McBeath…is at the epicentre of this theatrical seismism” - John Jane @ Review Vancouver

“Stellar stagecraft anchored in bedrock tradition” - Peter Birnie @ Vancouver Sun

Salesman plumbs great depths” - Colin Thomas, The Straight

“No hard sell for this Salesman” - Jo Ledingham,Vancouver Courier

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ovation awards

The Ovation Awards (a fundraiser for Applause Musicals) have been announced. We have received several nominations:


Outstanding Professional Production: The Fantasticks

Outstanding New Work: Beyond Eden

Outstanding Music Director: Bill Henderson, Beyond Eden

Outstanding Set Design: David Roberts, The Fantasticks

Outstanding Costume Design: Bretta Gerecke, Beyond Eden

Outstanding Lead Performance – Female: Jennifer Lines, Beyond Eden

Outstanding Lead Performance – Male: Colin Sheen, The Fantasticks


This is a popular vote. Voting ends at midnight on January 25. The awards will be handed out on January 30. To vote and for more information visit


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Reviews for this

The reviews are in for This

Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun…


John Jane, Review Vancouver…


Gillian Lockitch, [Re]View from the House…



Mark Robins,…


Colin Thomas, Straight…



Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays


Andrew Templeton, Plank


Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier…


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this stars megan follows

This, by Vancouver playwright, Melissa James Gibson is all set to begin its run at the Vancouver Playhouse. Directed by Amiel Gladstone This stars Megan Follows, well known for her iconic role as Anne Shirley in the hit TV series Anne of Green Gables. Megan has been doing the rounds of media interviews. Here are three:

and an interview with playhwright, Melissa James Gibson…

This also features Dmitry Chepovetsky, Fabrice Grover, Karen Holness, and Todd Thomson and plays at the Vancouver Playhouse, Jan. 8-29. Tickets available here.

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reviews for brief encounter

The reviews are in for Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter. For the most part they are positive.

Mark Robins,…

John Jane, Review Vancouver…

Martin Parlett, Vancouver Sun…

Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight…

Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter is also enjoying a run on Broadway until Jan. 2. You can read reviews here:

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tear-jerker movie comes to the stage

Jonathan Holmes and Mairi Babb

Jonathan Holmes and Mairi Babb

Peter Birnie of the Vancouver Sun interviews Marie Babb, who plays Laura in Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, which begins previews on Saturday, Nov. 27, opening night is Dec. 2 and plays until Dec. 23.

Picture this: Davis Lean’s atmospheric 1946 film Brief Encounter, based on Noël Coward’s one-act play Still Life, heads back to the stage as a piece of theatre mixing live action with filmed segments. When moody movie meets the innovative adaptation of a small English theatre company, the result is, well…

“It’s impossible to label; it sort of defies description,” says actress Mairi Babb. “I’m on the inside, and I don’t even know. It’s magic!”

Read the whole interview here.

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