arts review

Erin E. Walker as Tracy Turnblad

'Hairspray' flaunts plenty of style but offers little substance

Like a bulbous beehive, Theatre Under the Stars’ 'Hairspray' has an impressive exterior with an empty space at its core.
Bullying by Vancouver Opera and Touchstone Theatre. Photo courtesy Tim Matheson

Vancouver Opera and Touchstone Theatre tackle bullying head on

As anyone who’s been up Burnaby Mountain knows, to combat bullying you must stand up to it. Vancouver Opera’s Stickboy and Touchstone Theatre’s Late Company are also confronting and healing bullying.
Leads Adam J. Rennie and Karli Dinardo in "Flashdance - The Musical"

Lots of Pizzazz in "Flashdance" at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

"Flashdance - The Musical" offers glitz and action at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until November 16th.
Don José (Richard Troxell) and Carmen (Kate Aldrich). Photo: Tim Matheson

Vancouver Opera's Carmen aims, fires, misses...then hits a bull’s eye

The Vancouver Opera roared to life Saturday night with enough treachery and dashed hopes to put Wall Street to shame. VOA’s Carmen tells the cautionary tale of love, jealousy, and excessive smoking.
Ethos plays VanDusen

Fanfare for a sustainable future – the arts weigh in

With real-estate development turning entire neighbourhoods into construction sites, a recent concert at VanDusen Gardens’ award-winning Visitor Centre sang the praises of sustainability.