Vancouver on the Cheap: January Theatre


If you were to create a Venn diagram where one circle was labeled “cheap” and the other labeled “awesome”, the middle point where they cross over could be labeled “Vancouver on the Cheap”. In other words, this is a weekly series on things to do and places to go in Vancouver that fall into that magical category of being both cheap and awesome.

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There’s more awesome free/super cheap live theatre coming up in 2013, and here are a few shows to kick you off in January. Two of them are in the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, pretty much the coolest festival in Vancouver, and one is a world premiere at Pacific Theatre.

Sometimes I Think, I Can See You
January 18-20, 25-27 + February 1-3 2013 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Atrium
Vancouver Art Gallery, Lobby
Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Station

Writers will be stationed in each location, armed with a laptop, a projector, and the task of writing about whatever they see. I love this – you can walk on by and observe, stick around for some voyeuristic entertainment, and either way you are risking being a part of the live art.

Human Library
January 18-20, 25-27 + Feb 1-3, 2013 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 3rd floor

People say Vancouver is an unfriendly city. I beg to differ, and this is just another opportunity to prove them wrong! Go to the third floor of the library to the special PuSh Festival circulation desk and your “book” options will be things like a Female Heavy Machinery Engineer, Refugee, and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). Get introduced and have a conversation, as simple as that.

The Human Library is an initiative that began in Denmark by five people after a brutal attack on one of their friends. WHat better way to get to know the “other” in Vancouver and maybe even make it a friendlier place?

Leave of Absence
Pacific Theatre
Pay-What-You-Can – Thursday, January 24th at 8pm

I’ve mentioned the pay-what-you-can previews at Pacific Theatre before, which are always a great way to see some cheap theatre. This one deserves a special mention though: Leave of Absence is a new play by local playwright Lucia Frangione. It’s a pretty controversial story about spirituality and sexuality proving that Vancouver creates some kick-ass theatre that you can’t find anywhere else.