6 hottest arts shows in Vancouver this January

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get out there and support more of the Vancouver arts scene? Well, it should be. If you’re not convinced, we’ve compiled a list of the six hottest arts shows in Vancouver in January.

What’s a better way to kick off 2016 than with a dark comedy by Zach Braff, a musical based on an 80’s film, some sketch comedy, a Sondheim classic, a dance piece by a French-Algerian choreographer, or a comedic and misguided lovestory? Here are the six hottest arts shows in Vancouver this month.

The Rivals

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Blackbird Theatre presents The Rivals as a part of their 10th anniversary season from December 28 to January 23 at the cultch. Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, this play is a combination of a love story and a comedy set in Edwardian England.

When:  Through January 23, 2016

Where: The Historic Theatre at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street, Vancouver)

More Info: Blackbird Theatre

Company the Musical

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United Players presents their first musical with Stephen Sondheim’s classic Company. The story centres around Bobby who is celebrating his 35th birthday with his group of coupled up friends who range from kooky to borderline insane.

When: January 22 to February 14, 2016

Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver)

More Info: United Players

Heathers the Musical

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Based on the 1988 cult film Heathers, Gently with a Chainsaw Artists’ Collective presents the regional premiere of Heathers the Musical. Veronica is a spunky teenager just trying to make it through high school but she’s also friends with the popular and pathologically cruel group of girls, The Heathers. Enter a brooding bad boy with a taste for revenge and soon Veronica’s world is spiralling out of control.

When: January 6 to 17, 2016

Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

More Info: Heathers the Musical

Compagnie Nacera Belaza

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French-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza presents a dance piece in collaboration with this year’s PuSh Festival that focuses on meditative minimalism. The choreography is inventive and simplistic with an undeniable sensuality that is sure to captivate Vancouver audiences.

When: January 27 to 29, 2016

Where: The Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver)

More Info: The Dance Centre

All New People

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Written by actor Zach Braff, All New People is a dark comedy presented by Ben Bilodeau Productions. The story centres around suicidal Charlie who meets a flurry of characters that inspire Charlie to take a wacky, hilarious, and introspective journey.

When: January 19 to 30, 2016

Where: The Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

More Info: All New People

The 2016 Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival

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Featuring groups from all across the country, this two-day event is a collection of the best of the best Canada’s sketch comedy scene. With groups like Hip.Bang!, Peter N’ Chris and many more, the festival is guaranteed to keep you laughing.

When: January 14 to 16, 2016

Where: Studio 1398 and the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island

More Info: Vancouver Sketch Fest

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