In Theatre la Seizieme's new season, plays plumb pressing issues

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      Immigration, gentrification, and the environmental crisis are just some of the topics being artfully, and sometimes humorously, tackled in Théâtre la Seizième’s just-announced 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 reality-shifting 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.

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