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What to Do Vancouver

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time

BY Sheri Radford

Sep. 2018

 

Photo by David Cooper

Getting inside the head of someone with autism is a daunting task. Author Mark Haddon more than rose to the challenge in his bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, which follows an autistic teenager trying to unravel the mystery of who killed the neighbour’s dog. The brilliant stage adaptation that followed dominated the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk awards in 2015.

Photo by David Cooper

Now the Arts Club has opened its 55th season with a stellar production of the innovative play. The cast is uniformly excellent, but standouts include Daniel Doheny as the central character of Christopher, who struggles with everything in the world around him; Todd Thomson as Christopher’s gruff father, Ed, who loves and is frustrated by his son in equal measure; and Ghazal Azarbad as Siobhan, Christopher’s eternally patient teacher and the play’s de facto narrator. The story plays out against a minimalist set that transforms seamlessly from bedroom to school to London Tube station. And the special effects include the most entertaining solution to a math problem ever presented on stage.

Photo by David Cooper

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time runs to Oct. 7, 2018, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Review: The Humans

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

The cast of The Humans. Set design by Drew Facey, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s Thanksgiving, and Brigid and boyfriend Richard are hosting the big holiday dinner for the first time, in their new apartment. Deidre, Brigid’s mother, is none too pleased about her daughter’s loud apartment with no view—or about the fact that Brigid doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet. Erik, Brigid’s father, is perpetually distracted. Aimee, Brigid’s sister, pines for her ex-girlfriend while struggling with an impending job loss and impending major surgery. Momo, Brigid’s grandmother, suffers from dementia and spends the evening in a wheelchair, occasionally yelling random words and knocking objects off the table. (more…)

Find Your Nirvana

BY SHERI RADFORD

Apr. 2018

Photo by Jakob Ager

On one of those perfect cold-but-sunny Saturdays that make Vancouver seem worth every penny of its astronomical housing prices, Paul (my husband) and I embarked on a North Shore adventure. Sofie, a student, and Jakob, a photographer, were our guides for the day—Locals, in the parlance of Yervana, while Paul and I were the Explorers. Sofie and Jakob took us to Cypress Mountain, where the four of us donned snowshoes and tromped around the mountain trails, past one tiny tot trying to ski for the very first time, past picturesque cabins nestled in the snow like something out of a storybook, past giggling groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides on their own snowy, chaperoned adventures.

Photo by Jakob Ager

We lost track of time, snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness. Eventually, we stopped for sandwiches (still warm from Whole Foods) and snacks and decided, reluctantly, that is was time to head back from this winter wonderland.

Photo by Jakob Ager

All too soon, we were back in civilization. Further snowy adventures would have to wait for another Yervana day.

Yervana is a new website and iOS app that offers personalized outdoor adventures in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, trail riding, kayaking, sailing, stargazing and long-exposure photography. Yervana matches up knowledgeable Locals with eager Explorers. Visit www.yervana.com to learn more.