It’s spring and the fresh talent is blooming

Katey Hoffman, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Arts Club Theatre

In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Katey Hoffman is part of a bumper crop of fresh spring talent.

I’ve got three shows to recommend this week and they all feature strong performances from young artists.

In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s crazy Chekhovian mashup, which runs at the Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre until April 19, Katey Hoffman gives a hilarious performance as a wannabe actor named Nina. This show also contains terrific work from Susinn McFarlen and Jay Brazeau. 

In Obaaberima, Ghanaian-Canadian theatre artist Tawiah M’earthy tells a moving story about growing up queer in Ghana and then Canada. This show takes a while to find its feet, but, when it does, watch out. Obaaberima runs at the Cultch until April 4.

And you’ve still got a couple more nights to catch Iceland, which runs at Presentation House until March 29. Lindsey Angell-Jespersen, Munish Sharma, and Georgia Beaty perform the entwining monologues in Nicolas Billon’s smart, scary script about capitalism and its discontents.

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Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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