Reviews 2015

With the beginning of the new year, the media takes a look back at 2015, and it seems that they liked what they saw here!


Julie Trépanier and Joey Lespérance in À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou

In the Georgia Straight, our nine Jessie Richardson Awards (six for À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay and three for Selfie by Christine Quintana) is among the ten most significant cultural moments of 2015, alongside the election of the Liberals and the unveiling of the plans for the new Vancouver Art Gallery.
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Julie Trépanier and Cory Haas in Deux ans de votre vie

Our production of Deux ans de votre vie (You Are Happy) by Rébecca Déraspe carved out a place in critic Jo Ledingham’s “Year in Theatre”. Available to read in the Vancouver Courier and on!
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Joyeuses fêtes!


Rabbit + Hat = Magic

A rabbit and a hat are generally synonymous with magic and that is exactly what we wish you for the Holiday Season.  Take advantage of time away from your daily routine and enjoy precious moments and happiness with your loved ones.  We will be back in January with a White Rabbit and a Red Rabbit (Lapin blanc, lapin rouge, our upcoming play) who promise to make the magic last through the beginning of 2016. Happy Holidays!

Théâtre la Seizième

PS: Our rabbits fit just perfectly into a Christmas stocking….


Give the gift of theatre for the Holidays

The Holidays are synonymous with food, Christmas trees, champagne and headaches. Headaches, because inevitably, we struggle to figure out what to get our favourite aunt, our son’s dedicated teacher or our helpful neighbour. Well, headache solved.  Here are five excellent reasons to give the gift of theatre this season.

Call us at 604.736.2616 to purchase your gift certificates, or visit our online box office for tickets.

Happy Holidays!


Did You Know that? Fall 2015

Several exciting announcements from our community:


Siona Gareau-Brennan © Mat Simpson Photography Co.

Siona Gareau-Brennan (À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou and Selfie) played a Quebecoise nurse returning from Afghanistan suffering post-traumatic stress disorder in The Fighting Season. This new play by Sean Oliver Harris was awarded the Critics’ Choice Award by the Georgia Straight and The Cultchivating The Fringe Award.
Après la peur

Après la peur

The actor/playwright, Gilles Poulin-Denis, has returned from two months of touring in Montreal, France and Belgium where he co-created Après la peur. Bringing together authors from around the Francophone world, this production is an immersive look at city life through philosophical, interactive and playful road-trips.
Leblanc Beaudoin, Vincent

Vincent Leblanc Beaudoin

Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, who we will once again see at Théâtre la Seizième in Mathieu Mathématiques this spring, acted in not one, but two plays at the Fringe Festival in Vancouver. He was part of the cast of I Can’t Tell You, an off the wall play based on lying, and Kitimat by Elaine Avila on the pros and cons of oil pipelines.
Emilie Leclerc

Emilie Leclerc © Devin Karringten

Emilie Leclerc will play the role of Béatrice in John and Beatrice by Carole Fréchette this fall. Presented from November 25-28 in English and from December 2-5 in French, this production by Vortex Théâtre will be directed by Marie Farsi.

Straight Jacket Winter © Cory Haas

September 16, Théâtre la Seizième co-presented a workshop of Straight Jacket Winter at Zones théâtrale in Ottawa. This new play by the company Deux par quatre, developed by Gilles Poulin-Denis and Esther Duquette as part of the Dramaturgical Development Program, garnered the interest of many festival goers.

Rachel Peake

 The actor Joey Lespérance (À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou) and the director Rachel Peake (Selfie) will travel to Regina to create The Snow Queen. This adaptation of the fairy tales by Christian Andersen will be presented from November 12 to December 27 at the Globe Theatre.

Romeo + Juliet at Studio 58

The director Anita Rochon (Extra-Céleste) directs a unique adaptation of Romeo + Juliet at Studio 58 from October 1 to the 18, 2015. The story takes place in Andy Warhol’s studio in 1965, and surprise, surprise, Romeo is… a woman.
Trépanier, Julie

Julie Trépanier

Julie Trépanier (À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Selfie, Deux ans de votre vie) is working with Neworld Theatre to present a Workshop around the action/intention paradox facilitated by Jason Byrne from Dublin. This training opportunity for professional actors and directors will take place at  Presentation House from October 28th to November 1st .
Marie Farsi

Marie Farsi

Two Vancouverites, Esther Duquette and Marie Farsi, won grants from the Fondation pour l’Avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada at the annual gala held in Ottawa on September 18. Esther’s grant will allow her to finalize the development of Straight Jacket Winter, while Marie will be using her grant to travel to Bali and study shadow puppetry.

Did you know? – Spring 2015

A few nice projects by our talented artists are cooking under the sun, during the most beautiful season of the year!

Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin

Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin

An ambulatory play conceived for one audience member at a time, The Stranger is an opportunity to see the actor Vincent Leblanc Beaudoin (Selfie, 2015) at work in an original context. DLT Teatro will present this new creation by Daniele Bartolini as part of the rEvolver Festival from May 26 to 31.

Jacques Poulin-Denis and James Gnam in The Value of Things

From June 17 to 20, the writer and actor Gilles Poulin-Denis (Statu Quo, Des fraises en janvier) will be at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in The Value of Things. Voted “Best dance show” by Le Voir Montreal, this show about money and happiness produced by Montreal’s Grand Poney Company will be presented in Vancouver by plastic orchid factory.
Haas, Cory

Cory Haas

Cory Haas (Statu Quo), will be on stage May 23 and 24 performing in Balls, a play about risk that he is co-producing with his company Stages Theatre and Co, in collaboration with Deux par quatre, as part of the rEvolver Festival. He will then put on the costume for the character Richard Hanney in The 39 Steps, a play by Peninsula Productions.

Tagged by Dave Deveau

Dave Deveau’s words (Extra-Céleste) continue to travel throughout Canada. After touring Celestial Being (the English version of Extra-Céleste) for several weeks in Ontario, Tagged, his play for teenagers, hits the road again this summer with Green Thumb Theatre.


Did you know? – Winter 2015

Here are some inspiring projects from our artists to start off 2015 in style. Enjoy your outings!

Kayak au Firehall © Chena San Marti­n

You have until January 17 to catch Kayak at the Firehall Centre! The director Rachel Peake (Le portrait Gooble, Selfie, Théâtre la Seizième) stages this funny, personal and biting play about the environmental crisis.

The list

Sylvie Drapeau struck a cord with you in La liste in 2012? Now it’s the actress France Perras’ turn (À toi, pour toujours ta Marie-Lou, Théâtre la Seizième) to perform this script in its English translation. A production by Ruby Slippers Theatre and BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective, at Studio 16 from January 27 to February 1.

Sonic Elder

Anita Rochon (Extra-Céleste, Théâtre la Seizième) and her company the Chop Theatre, present Sonice Elder at Club PuSh January 29. At the crossroads between theatre, testimonial and music, this piece brings together six musical legends on stage, who will share with you their greatest hits and deepest heartbreaks .
Haas, Cory

Cory Haas

After À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Cory Haas is once again working as an assistant director. This time he is behind the scenes in One Man, Two Guvnors at the Arts Club. This musical with a “British” accent, is presented from January 22 to February 22, 2015, on stage at the Stanley Theatre.

Le iShow

In March, the actors Emilie Leclerc and Gilles Poulin-Denis will tour France with the iShow. Created by a collective of young Canadian artists, amongst them Emilie and Gillles, the show explores human relationships through social media. The tour includes stops in 11 cities of the Hexagone.


Wow, this is serious theatre… A review by Dave Olsen

I just saw my first Michel Tremblay: À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie Lou.  Now I know why his work is so highly regarded.

Actually, I’m almost shocked.  Writing about the working class has never been a way to attain fame and fortune, but surprisingly he has received overwhelming critical acclaim for doing just that, and with a clear bias toward women.  Hmm, openly homosexual in the 60s, writing in Joual (dialect of French in Quebec), strong women, working class politics, and condemning of the Church.  How did he even survive?!

Take a trip to Theatre Seizieme and find out first hand.  Written in 1970, À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie Lou is not only rare for its time, it’s radical for any time.  Orchestral in its flow, full of swearing, and unremittingly harsh in its portrayal of the reality of this family, it’s both timeless and perfect for Quebec in 1970, all at once.


Siona Gareau-Brennan, Julie Trépanier and Joey Lespérance in À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou. Photo by Emily Cooper.

When you see this (there’s English surtitles on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays as well as meet the artists on Fridays), give yourself time to absorb the set…it not only sets the stage, it’s an award winner guaranteed.  Outrageously stunning.

But the players make this script come alive.  Joey Lesperance plays Leopold, the abusive husband and father and wow, does he ever.  But before you let yourself ease into the simplicity of writing Leopold off, Tremblay subtlety lets the 3 other actors, all women, expose themselves in a way that will make you wonder.

Foremost for me was the character of Manon ( Siona Gareau Brennan).  She hates her father but was given the gift of his physical genes and worse, learned his behaviour unwittingly.  I’m not sure I’ve seen this portrayed before and it reflects the reality of the dysfunction that engulfs us all.

Marie Lou ( France Perras) shines as the mother, ceaselessly knitting and spewing her own brand of abuse.  Just as I did, Manon idolizes her mother as the martyr that saves her, but the reality is far different.  Her sister, Carmen ( Julie Trépanier), tries to help her see through this fog throughout, but has taken a path so radically different than the acceptable religious one, she is rebuffed at every opportunity.

I hope Theatre Seizieme follows up with Sainte Carmen de la Main, which follows Carmen later in life and poses a very different question.

In the meantime, there are only 20-30 tickets left in the entire run of À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie Lou, which ends next Saturday, October 25th.  I understand another show may be added, so stay tuned to their website to get in on that action.  You may see your family on the stage, but you won’t be disappointed!

And if you still haven’t had enough film, the Amnesty International Film Festival starts tonight (Friday) and runs all day Saturday in the Alice MacKay Room, in the lower level of the Central Library in Downtown Vancouver.  And it costs the same as everything did before civilization overran the planet: absolutely nothing.  Enjoy!

Dave Olsen, Reellife

Wine & Theatre: Après moi

six-hatsTo go along Après moi by Christian Bégin, Michael Gauthier, wine enthusiast and restaurant owner, recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon Six Hats from South Africa – $13.99.


1) One hat for each version of the story;

2) Hailing from a Fairtrade winery, il represents the future of the wine industry;

3) Be careful – the attack is formidable but the finish may get caught in your throat!;

4) It’s a unique product from a faraway land.

Only 200 bottles remain in the greater Vancouver area, so if you want to try an extraordinary product off the beaten path, you have to hurry.Enjoy the wine. Enjoy the performance.


Craig and Esther’s picks – January 2014

We are back again in 2014 with our recommendations for cultural outings. To stay abreast of what is happening on the arts scene in town and outside of it, we read plenty of scripts, scour festival brochures, and, mostly, we see lots and lots of performances. Every couple of weeks, we will share our favourite ones with you.

Usually Beauty fails4

Usually Beauty Fails at the PuSh Festival

Usually Beauty fails3

Usually Beauty Fails at the PuSh Festival


Mani Soleymanlou in One


Mani Soleymanlou in One

January is for arts lovers as it brings back the PuSh Festival and its internationally acclaimed productions. Other than The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, the breathtaking production we are co-presenting with PuSh and SFU Woodward’s,  we would like to suggest two other productions in the festival from Quebec for your viewing pleasure.

Colourful, irreverent and sometimes crazy,  Frédérick Gravel’s works are, much like their creator,  everything but boring. With Usually Beauty Fails, the rock star of the Montreal dance scene invites you to a series of choreographies linked by the theme of beauty. Sometimes intimate, sometimes exhibitionist, dancers move to classical or pop music in a series of numbers that follow one and other but that never look alike. Gravel host this soirée and peppers it with his own secrets and his lovable irony while eight of Canada’s best dancers (we have a particular fondness for the athletic Brianna Lombardo) explode onto the stage to share everything that they have to offer with the audience. The party starts January 28th at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Presented from January 29th to February 4th at the Cultch, One is an invitation to travel.  Alone on stage amongst 40 chairs, the playwright and performer Mani Soleymanlou, who we can also see in The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, retraces for us his fabulous journey around the globe.  A baby in Tehran, a child in Paris a teenager in Toronto and an adult in Montreal, this very appealing character questions his identity and his roots at each stop of his very unordinary journey as well as what he takes with him and what he leaves behind.  As he stands in front of us today, he asks: Who am I? An Iranian, a Frenchman, a Canadian or a Quebecker?  Embark on a voyage to the heart of this man and to a rich array of cultures and languages that have seasoned his travels.

Wine & Theatre : The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi

To go along The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi by award-winning author Larry Tremblay, Michael Gauthier, wine enthusiast and restaurant owner, recommend the Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider ($29.99), a product crowned by many gold medals .


1) Hailing from Quebec, it honours its rich culture;
2) It’s opulent, intense and complex;
3) It is exceptionally balanced ;
4) It’s what happens when a variety of quality elements come together;
5) You drink it on special occasions.

This product offers great value and is available throughout the Vancouver area. Enjoy the wine.  Enjoy the performance.

Mike Gauthier