The provincial health order issued on November 19 to combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in B.C. means that live theatre in Vancouver will be nonexistent until December 8.
But it won’t be “virtually” nonexistent, thanks to various arts organizations in the city that have created online options.
November 25 to 29, 7:30 p.m., rumbletix.org
Rumble Theatre presents the Chop Theatre’s original collision of DIY cinematography, action film, choreography, a gallery talk, and weather forecasting.
Theatre: The Play
November 29 to December 6, langara.ca
Studio 58 theatre students in their fourth term perform the world premiere of a comedic love letter to the art form, written and directed by Ryan Beil and Mark Chavez.
The Array: First Contact
December 3 to 5, 7:30 p.m., upintheairtheatre.com
Four new works by interdisciplinary art groups House of Rice, Popcorn Galaxies, rice & beans theatre, and Hunters, Tricksters and Mystics exploring the cosmic theme of First Contact.
December 17 to 19, 7:30 p.m. [call or check website to confirm dates and time], live at Firehall Arts Centre
Returning for a third year, Solstice Greetings is the sharing of stories, songs, and seasonal greetings in celebration of the return of the light.
East Van Panto: Panto Come Home!
December 17 to December 27, thecultch.com
Theatre Replacement’s new holiday extravaganza fashioned out of the best of seven years’ worth of East Van Panto, an homage to the English holiday stage tradition, featuring hit songs reimagined by Veda Hille.
Home For the Holidays
December 18 to January 1, gatewaytheatre.com
Under director Barbara Tomasic, Gateway Theatre alumni revisit moments from such productions as My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Annie, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The Twelve Dates of Christmas
To January 3, artsclub.com
Genevieve Fleming and Melissa Oei give alternating performances in the Arts Club Theatre production of a holiday play about a jilted woman returning to the dating scene in a series of seasonal encounters.
The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye)
To December 6, 8 p.m., unitedplayers.com
Canadian playwright Mieko Ouchi’s work about the challenges of teaching and the beauty of music.
Saturdays to December 19, farfromthetreeproductions.com
Far From the Tree Productions presents Joelle Wyminga’s audio-play adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the loves and losses of four sisters living during the American Civil War.