By Matthew Willis
Wide Awake Hearts
By Brendan Gall
195 East 26 Ave., Little Mountain Gallery
Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions
This meta-production tells the story of an actor, an actress, a writer and an editor trying to make a movie. Theatre clashes with film, reality breaks into fiction, and comedy mixes with crushing heartbreak. Produced by award-winning companies, it features an award-winning cast and crew in a must-see show. For more information, visit http://www.twentysomethingtheatre.com/.
It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
By Peter Church
1440 West 12 Ave., Pacific Theatre
This December edition of Places Please would not be complete with at least one seasonal entry. Pacific Theatre has had a trail of noteworthy productions this year so this should be no exception. This production features the story of George Bailey who is about to jump off a bridge when an angel shows him the past, the present, and what might have been (*cough* Ghost of Christmas– *cough*). The show is framed as a live 1940s radio broadcast. For more information, visit http://pacifictheatre.org.
James and the Giant Peach
Adapted from the Roald Dahl story
Dec. 6-Jan. 4
The Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver
Theatre for Young People does not mean the audience has to be all young people. This adaptation of the famous Roald Dahl story takes audiences on a nostalgic trip to the past with their favourite characters including Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider, Earthworm and, of course, James. The Waterfront Theatre is an impressive venue that should allow Carousel Theatre to achieve some great spectacles and special effects. For more information, visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/.BC, British Columbia, Christmas plays, live theatre