A revolutionary glamourama

Last night was the opening for Blue Box, and Carmen Aguirre kept the audience captivated with an engaging performance of her heart-stopping true tale. Wouldn’t you know that it was also Carmen’s birthday? What better way to celebrate that with a successful opening night and a cream puff. Congratulations Carmen! Enjoy a few photos from the festivities below and for the full gallery, click here. All photos by Megan Verhey.


Arts Club’s Bill Millerd and the birthday girl, Blue Box‘s Carmen Aguirre


Blue Box‘s sound designer Joelysa Pankanea with her friend


Neworld Theatre’s Kirsty Munro and Carmen Aguirre


Revue Stage technician Garreth Lau flanked by Blue Box‘s apprentice stage manager Tanya Schaerzle (right) and stage manager Anne Taylor (left)


Arts Club’s Bryan Woo, Jaime Fletcher, Nick Seliwoniuk, and Peter Cathie White

Blue Box is now playing at the Revue Stage until November 1! Tickets starts at just $25 and are available online.

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BLUE BOX opens tonight!

Blue Box officially opens tonight at the Revue Stage! Based on writer and performer Carmen Aguirre’s remarkable life, Blue Box is a no-holds-barred tale of terror and romance that takes you from the Chilean resistance movement to a passionate affair with a Hollywood TV star.

Happy opening night to Carmen, and the rest of the Blue Box teamHave a fantastic run!

Check out the show trailer and our interview with Carmen Aguirre:

Don’t miss this funny, sensual, and moving story, now playing at the Revue Stage! Tickets start at just $25.

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Guest post: Drew Facey, EDUCATING RITA set and costume designer

Early on in Educating Rita, Rita comments on Frank’s office by asking, “How do you
make a room like this?” I love the idea that there is a fantasy in this office for her and I
imagined it as a little jewel box with the stacks of books as piles of gems. I pushed this
idea further by wrapping the entire space in book wallpaper to transform a traditional
university office into this fantastical place. And of course, the office also needs to reflect
Frank so everything is mismatched and a little chaotic and as Rita says, “… a lovely


For the costumes, I broke the show down into two palettes: the tweedy earth-toned world
of Frank and the richer, sometimes darker and urban world of Rita. We’ve updated our
production to present day, but I’ve played a lot with out-of-date and worn clothing for
Frank, whereas Rita is in current clothing that is referential to the 1980’s when the play
was written. As the passage of time unfolds in the play, Rita’s clothing story moves
towards the earth-toned world of Frank and her interest in vintage clothing is explored.





Don’t miss this big-hearted comedy, now playing at the Granville Island StageTickets start at just $29.


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