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PLAYS PLUMB PRESS­ING IS­SUES Im­mi­gra­tion, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, and the en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis are just some of the top­ics be­ing art­fully, and some­times hu­mor­ously, tack­led in Théâtre la Seiz­ième’s jus­tan­nounced 2017-18 sea­son. As usual, the fran­co­phone com­pany of­fers shows with English sur­titles. The lineup kicks off Oc­to­ber 17 to 28 with Unité Mod­èle (Show­room), a re­al­i­tyshift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fea­tur­ing Vin­cent Leblanc-beau­doin and Em­i­lie Le­clerc as two hosts try­ing to sell you a dream life­style in a new condo project. The pro­duc­tion team fea­tures Cande An­drade, Mal­colm Dow, Itai Erdal, Ash­ley Noyes, and Manon Veld­huis. Next up, Bibish de Kin­shasa (shown here) fol­lows a jour­nal­ist em­i­grat­ing from Congo who is sec­ond-guess­ing her de­par­ture. It’s part sto­ry­telling evening, part talk show, and part in­for­mal meal with friends (Novem­ber 28 to De­cem­ber 2 at Stu­dio 16). Pourquoi tu pleures…? (February 16 and 17, 2018, at the Wa­ter­front The­atre) marks the re­turn to Van­cou­ver of Chris­tian Bé­gin and the troupe Les Éter­nels Pigistes, with a tale of fam­ily se­crets and an in­her­i­tance. Des Arbres (May 8 to 12 at Stu­dio 16) is about a cou­ple ques­tion­ing whether it’s right to bring a child into this doomed world. More info is at seizieme.ca/. -

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