The critics are unanimous…the Arts Club production of Christopher Durang’s Tony award-winning play is a hit. Here is a sample of what they are saying about this moving and thought-provoking production:

“Kept surprising me into laughter”—Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“Appropriately over the top…sharp comedic timing”—Erika Thorkelson, The Vancouver Sun

Reverse striptease! The cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Photo by David Cooper

Reverse striptease! The cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Photo by David Cooper











“Fine acting and excellent production design more than matched the quality of the writing”—John Jane, Review Vancouver

“Every element-writing, acting, direction, technical aspects-come together in a consummately first-class production”—Michael Pigeon, VancouverScape.com

“The right blend of preposterous antics and touching moments”—David C. Jones, OutTV.ca

“Splendid, eliciting big, rollicking laughs”—JJ Brewis, Lords of Dogwood

“Manic mainstage comic fare that Vancouver audiences will surely line up to see”—Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews

“Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and ultimately uplifting”—Keara Barnes, GVPTA blog

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at just $29! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

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California chic at Siena dinner

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This spring, come celebrate the wines of the Golden State with two wine inspired dinners hosted at Siena Restaurant on Tuesday, April 21 (now sold out!) and Wednesday, April 22. Siena has been one of our long time restaurant partners and it’s the perfect spot to dine before a show at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, so we’re thrilled to be co-hosting these events. Siena’s Executive Chef, Jessica Howery will deliver a decadent meal full of Mediterranean flavours, expertly paired with some of the best wines California has to offer.

Limited spots are available for this exclusive event. Tickets are $160, and include a partial tax receipt. Please contact Gigi Wong, Special Events Manager, at 604.687.5315, ext. 248 or at gwong@artsclub.com to reserve your seats today!

The menu for the evening is as follows:

Amuse Bouche
Tomato gazpacho, pickled cucumber, avocado mousse
First Course
Langoustine “thermidor” with tarragon, fennel & cracked pepper slaw, garlic sourdough crouton
Second Course
Veal “Wellington” with cherry duxelle, dried fruit & walnut crumble, zinfandel reduction
Palate Cleanser
Grapefruit granita
Third Course
Cherry smoked brisket, pomegranate braise, rutabaga puree, charred endive
Kahlua & dark chocolate semifreddo, cocoa tuille


The evening will start in style with a California-themed cocktail featuring E & J Gallo Winery vodka. The brand ambassador for the wineries will be providing industry insights for guests to better understand and enjoy the wines. Here is the complete wine list:

ChardonnayEdna Valley Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay
Tasting Profile:
This chardonnay displays an attractive bouquet of quince, pineapple, white peach and apricot, with underlying notes of brown spice and vanilla. A fresh mouthfeel and a bright acidity combine to form a long, pleasing finish in this medium-bodied wine.


Slide 1Ghost Pines 2012 Red Blend
Tasting Profile:
This exceptional red showcases the complexity and balance that the right combination of the right grapes can achieve. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry pie are framed nicely by salted caramel, spice and truffle notes. Rich and full-bodied, this blend offers chewy tannins and a long, luscious finish.


Slide 1Louis M. Martini Winery  2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Profile:
This wine exhibits a deep burgundy colour with aromas of dark fruit, smoky cedar and dried herbs. Concentrated flavours of black cherry and blackberry are framed nicely by cedar and toasted oak on the finish. Rich and broad in the mouth, this wine has a long finish with an expansive palate.

Looking for exciting Easter dining options before our events? Well, Siena Restaurant is keeping its menu fresh with the release of its spring menu this week! New additions include tender braised pork and apple ravioli, and a flavourful cherry-braised lamb shank. READ MORE

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We are grateful to Siena Restaurant and California Wines for supporting our California Wine Dinner. The California Wine Fair is generously sponsored by BFL Canada, US Consulate in Vancouver, Vancouver Courier, Konet Systems, Get Home Safe and A&B Rentals.

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Happy World Theatre Day!

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is marked annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe to celebrate the power of theatre to promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world. According to PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) 8 of 10 Canadians believe that theatre makes communities vibrant places to live. The Arts Club is proud to be a part of this global creative community. We hope you will join us in celebrating all of the incredible theatre in Vancouver, across Canada, and throughout the world.

Read the Canadian message written by Mieko Ouchi of Concrete Theatre and the international message written by Polish theatre artist Krzysztof Warlikowski and join the conversation on social media using #WorldTheatreDay. Then go see some theatre!

The cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Photo by David Cooper

The cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Photo by David Cooper


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