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Fun Home

This Tony Award-nom­i­nated com­ing-of-age mu­si­cal fea­tures a pro­tag­o­nist, Ali­son, at three dif­fer­ent stages in life — as a child, a col­lege stu­dent and an adult — re­veal­ing mem­o­ries of her uniquely dys­func­tional fam­ily along the way. An Arts Club The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion. • Granville Is­land Stage, Feb. 8-March 10 • From $29 artsclub.com

Bro­ken Tail­bone

Join cel­e­brated writer and per­former Car­men Aguirre on the dance floor and be trans­ported to Latin dance halls with vivid sto­ries of one of Canada’s most unique mi­lieus. • The Cultch His­toric The­atre, 1895 Ven­ables St., Feb. 13-24 • $35 thecultch.com

Fool for Love

In a seedy mo­tel on the edge of the Mo­jave Desert, two tran­sient lovers un­earth se­crets of their dis­turb­ing past. Re­al­ity and dreams col­lide as Ed­die and May fight for a love that they can’t live with, or with­out. • The Shop The­atre, 3030 E. Broad­way, Feb. 14-24, $25 the­atrewire.com

Salt-Wa­ter Moon

It’s 1926 and ev­ery day the vil­lages of New­found­land are be­ing aban­doned by their young for a new life in the big city. But eigh­teen year-old Ja­cob Mer­cer has come home to Co­ley’s Point to win back his for­mer sweet­heart Mary Snow, who he abruptly left over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the for­mer lovers meet to con­front their past choices and con­tem­plate a pos­si­ble fu­ture to­gether. • Gate­way The­atre, Rich­mond • Feb. 15-24, gate­waythe­atre.com

Top­dog/Un­der­dog

African-Amer­i­can broth­ers Lin­coln and Booth share a seedy, one-room apart­ment and are look­ing for easy money in cards. Things are tight and only get tighter when their com­pe­ti­tion grows and their lies ex­ceed their truths. When there isn’t room for both to suc­ceed, who will come out on top? Pre­sented by the Arts Club The­atre Com­pany. • Gold­corp Stage at the BMO The­atre Cen­tre, un­til Feb. 11, from $29 artsclub.com

Mer­rily We Roll Along

This tra­di­tional show­biz mu­si­cal is turned on its head in this thrilling and com­pelling Broad­way fa­ble about friend­ship, com­pro­mise, and the high price of suc­cess. Pre­sented by the United Play­ers. • Jeri­cho Arts Cen­tre, un­til Feb. 11, $33-$38 unit­ed­play­ers.com

Mur­der by the Book

A glimpse into a witty mur­der plot gone awry in the English flat of fa­mous writer and critic Sel­wyn Piper who crosses swords with his volatile, es­tranged wife Imo­gen. • Metro The­atre, un­til Feb. 10, $25/$22 metrothe­atre.com

Jit­ters

Four ac­tors, a di­rec­tor, a play­wright, and one grand dream of Broad­way-bound suc­cess. Can this mot­ley crew set aside their egos and anx­i­eties in or­der to make it to the big time? Pre­sented by the Arts Club The­atre Com­pany. • Stan­ley In­dus­trial Al­liance Stage, un­til Feb. 25, from $29 artsclub.com

Sleep­ing Beauty Dreams

Mex­ico’s famed Mar­i­one­tas de la Esquina present Amaranta Leyva’s whim­si­cal and en­chant­ing pup­pet show. • Feb. 9: Ev­er­green Cul­tural Cen­tre, Co­quit­lam, pay-whatyou-can, ev­er­green­cul­tur­al­cen­tre.ca | Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Sur­rey Arts Cen­tre, $15, 604-501-5566

The For­eigner

The Lan­g­ley Play­ers’ win­ter play is a com­edy that will whisk au­di­ences away to the warmth of a fish­ing lodge in ru­ral Ge­or­gia where they will find an ar­ray of en­ter­tain­ing char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing one who pre­tends to be a ‘for­eigner’ and doesn’t speak any English • Lan­g­ley Playhouse, 4307 200th St., un­til Feb. 24, $15 lan­g­ley­play­ers.com

The Garage Sale

Phil, a mid­dle-aged fa­ther, is frus­trated with the di­rec­tion his life has taken. But ... he has a plan — sell ev­ery­thing and move his wife and two teenagers to the desert. Un­for­tu­nately he has ne­glected to men­tion this to his fam­ily. • Sur­rey Lit­tle The­atre, un­til Feb. 24, $15/$17 sur­reylit­tlethe­atre.com

Doubt, A Parable

Sis­ter Aloy­sius, a Bronx school prin­ci­pal, is shaken to her moral core when she sus­pects that young Fa­ther Flynn is hav­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship with a male stu­dent. Pre­sented by Gallery 7 The­atre. • Ab­bots­ford Com­mu­nity Arts Ad­di­tion, un­til Feb. 10, $15-$25 gallery7th­e­atre.com

Ru­ined

Mama Nadi’s bar both pro­tects and prof­its off the bod­ies of the women who have be­come ca­su­al­ties of a long and bru­tal civil war in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo. She en­sures sur­vival by cater­ing to both sides of the con­flict, but how long can she keep the war out­side her walls? • Pa­cific The­atre, un­til Feb. 17, $20-$36.50 paci­ficthe­atre.org

SH*T

Named Aus­tralia’s most un­apolo­getic play­wright, Pa­tri­cia Cor­nelius’ play ex­am­ines the lives of three in­car­cer­ated un­der­class women in a man­ner un­seen on most the­atre stages. • Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, un­til Feb. 10, from $20 fire­hal­larts­cen­tre.ca

Drink­ing Habits

Two nuns at the Sis­ters of Per­pet­ual Sewing Con­vent have been se­cretly mak­ing wine to keep their con­vent open. Ev­ery­thing starts to go wrong when two snoop­ing re­porters, Paul and Sally, show up and go un­der­cover in the con­vent as a nun and priest. Pre­sented by the Vagabond Play­ers. • The Bernie Legge The­atre, New West, un­til Feb. 25, $12-$17 vagabond­play­ers.ca

The Skin of our Teeth

Thorn­ton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning com­edy is as per­ti­nent to­day as when it was writ­ten dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, cel­e­brat­ing hu­man­ity’s re­silience in the face of cli­mate change, floods, fire, plague and war. Pre­sented by Stu­dio 58. • Lan­gara Col­lege, 100 W. 49th Ave., un­til Feb. 18, $20-$25 stu­dio58.ca

Legally Blonde

Align En­ter­tain­ment presents this hi­lar­i­ous, ro­man­tic hit mu­si­cal based on the 2001 hit film. • Michael J. Fox The­atre, Burn­aby, un­til Feb. 17, $27-$39, alig­nen­ter­tain­ment.ca/tick­ets

Sylvia

When Greg stum­bles on a home­less mutt in the park, it’s love at first sight, but when he brings her home, it shakes up his life, his job and his mar­riage. Pre­sented by the North Van­cou­ver Com­mu­nity Play­ers. • The­atre at Hendry Hall, North Van, un­til Feb. 17, $18/$16 north­van­play­ers.ca

Mis­ery: Arts Club on Tour

Stephen King’s chill­ing thriller. • Feb. 8: The ACT, Maple Ridge • 604-687-1644, artsclub.com

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream

Star-crossed lovers, grace­ful fairies courtly roy­als and coun­try bump­kins come to­gether for a night of fan­tasy and ro­man­tic com­edy in one of the Bard’s most beloved works. An Exit 22 Com­pany Pro­duc­tion. • BlueShore Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, Capi­lano Univer­sity, un­til Feb. 10 • $10-$22 capi­lanou.ca/blueshore­fi­nan­cial­cen­tre

Jab­ber­wocky

The Old Trout Pup­pet Work­shop’s brand new pup­pet ex­trav­a­ganza. Us­ing Lewis Car­roll’s Jab­ber­wocky as the im­pe­tus to ex­am­ine the things that keep us all awake at night, the Trouts dive deep into the abyss of our own frailty. • York The­atre, un­til Feb. 17, from $22 thecultch. com

Mo­town the Mu­si­cal

Fea­tur­ing more than 40 clas­sic hits such as My Girl and Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough, Broad­way Across Canada’s pro­duc­tion tells the story be­hind the hits as the whole Mo­town fam­ily fight against the odds to cre­ate the sound­track of change in Amer­ica. • Queen Eliz­a­beth The­atre, un­til Feb. 11, from $30.50 tick­et­mas­ter.ca

The House of Yes

This dark com­edy fol­lows a dam­aged fam­ily when the in­tro­duc­tion of a stranger forces its se­crets to crawl into the light. • Stu­dio 1398, Granville Is­land, un­til Feb. 11, $20 yescol­lec­tive­plays.eventbrite.ca

Don’t Dress For Din­ner

A sex farce se­quel to Boe­ing Boe­ing. Bernard and Robert are back! Now mar­ried, Bernard has not given up his swing­ing life­style. Hop­ing to spend a ro­man­tic week­end with his mis­tress, he tries to send his wife, Jacque­line, to her sick mother’s, un­der the pre­tence that he’s go­ing to have a boy’s week­end with his pal, Robert. • Coast Cap­i­tal Playhouse, White Rock, un­til Feb. 24, $10-$22 white­rock­play­ers.ca

My Funny Valen­tine

Zee Zee The­atre com­mem­o­rates their 10th an­niver­sary with a re­mount of this crit­i­cally-ac­claimed, award-win­ning play. The show was cre­ated in re­sponse to the tragic 2008 mur­der of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old shot by his male class­mate af­ter ask­ing him to be his valen­tine. • Sco­tia­bank Dance Cen­tre, un­til Feb. 18, $27-$32, the­atrewire.com

No For­eign­ers

Through live per­for­mance and a mi­cro-to-macro cam­era ap­pa­ra­tus, this show con­sid­ers Chi­nese shop­ping malls as racial­ized spa­ces of cul­tural cre­ation and clash. • The Cultch Vancity Cul­ture Lab, un­til Feb. 17, $27 thecultch.com

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