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Theatre In the Raw presents:

by Joseph Stein
Adapted from Carl Reiner's Novel

@ Studio 16 (1551 West 7th Ave)
10 performances

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If you have a moment this Spring, it's time for a bit of comedy from Theatre In the Raw. As part of its 25th season of production, Vancouver's Theatre In the Raw is presenting the uproarious play ENTER LAUGHING by Joseph Stein - adapted from Carl Reiner's novel. The show runs for 10 performances at Studio 16 (1551 West 7th Ave) between May 8th and May 19th.

In the mid-1930s in NYC, David Kolowitz is on track to fulfill all of his parent's hopes and dreams by becoming a druggist. David Kolowitz however, has ideas of his own. David Kolowitz wants to be an actor! Loosely based on Carl Reiner's autobiography, ENTER LAUGHING focuses on the first awkward moves a young man makes towards adulthood, women, and the limelight. Come witness the steps and missteps of a young man with a wandering eye who doesn't know a stage cue from a cue stick, yet wants to be a star.

This ensemble cast features Adam Olgui, Jacques Lalonde*, R. David Stephens*, Elliot Wesley, Janis Harper, Giuseppe Bevilacqua, Jennie McCahill, Noella Ansaldi, Ralston Harris, Lisa Robertson, Stanley Fraser, and Gavi Beigel under the direction of Theatre In the Raw's artistic director Jay Hamburger.

Come celebrate a quarter century of theatre production by Theatre In the Raw with Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein - May 8th to 19th at Studio 16.


"Pay-what-you-can" preview on Wednesday May 8th - 8 pm curtain Opening Night - May 9th - 8 pm curtain
May 10th - May 11th - 8 pm curtain
May 12th - Matinee - 2 pm curtain

May 15th 2-for-1 night Wednesday - 8 pm curtain
May 16th to May 18th - 8 pm curtain
May 19th - Matinee - 2 pm curtain

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photo by colin beiers 2019

Show Sponsors:

The McGrand Pearson Endowment Fund

*R. David Stephens and Jacques Lalonde appear with permission of the Canadian Actors Equity Association

Enter Laughing is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Production Photos:

photos by Colin Beiers (2019)

Theatre In the Raw's Fall 2019 festival of one-act plays featuring:

Perogies for Breakfast by Murray Meln'chuk Mason adapted for Radio/ Stage Reading.

Conceived as a radio drama, this piece centres on a university student in Lethbridge Alberta during the FLQ crisis of the 1970s. The student's act of defiance to the War Measures Act through an act of free speech catches him in the backlash to the events on the other side of the country. The play is a powerful reminder of how ruthless the powerful can be to perceived threats and offers substantial insight into the time period laid out tactfully through its numerous characters. Note: This piece would be first performed as a staged "radio" reading as well as a live radio broadcast.


Winner of our 10th Biennial One-Act Contest

Old Friends by Anthony Arnold - our 10th Biennial Contest first place winner which focuses on a seedy "hardboiled" crime drama based on actual historic events that took place in Vancouver in the 1940's -- specifically a scandal involving a journalist's inquiry into the police commissioner and corrupt police officers as well as the attempted suicide of a police officer as the scheme unravels. For info on the historical event the play is based on please see this Vancouver Sun Article


>>> Ongoing Theatre In the Raw Work

Also, we are always in the process of producing series of original One-Act plays as well as considering mounting a production of a classical theatre play or a revived musical.

Our Mythical Voices for Our Time Project has turned into an ongoing five to possibly six year project: There are many good scripts still "sitting on the back burner" that we would like to produce in the future. Additionally we are always looking to produce winning One-Acts from our Biennial Play Writing Contest. These could be produced as Click Jay's Mug to Buy Theatre In the Raw a Virtual Coffee...part of another One-Act Festival or Mini-Tour when time, venue, and finances will allow.

Our continuing original radio play broadcast over Vancouver Co-Op Radio CFRO 100.5FM The Arts Rational program (Thursday nights @ 21:00-22:00) moves forward smashingly. When the opportunity arises we manage to produce a script with an array of bells and whistles, broadcasting it live on air. The pieces are usually 30-40 minutes in length and we look forward to producing more.

We usually alternate new original works with classics that are not often performed. We are currently looking at works by William Saroyan, George S. Kaufman, or a Shakespeare drama for the 2018/2019 season and beyond.

Keep checking back here to this page for updates.

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