My ‘to do’ list includes plays like ‘Death and the Maiden’

We are well past the time to implement New Year’s resolutions, but don’t despair; Lee-Ann Regan of Rock Paper Scissors just sent me her fourth annual "to do" lists from people around the world. It’s not just the "to do" but also "to continue doing," "to stop doing," "to not do," "to feel" and "to’odle" lists that make for inspirational reading. Here are some ideas of what you can put on your "to do" list, and the other ones as well: TO DO Things I want to start doing, being or having. This is easy. When I select theatre events that I want to go see, I tend to favour the frivolous and comedic. Escapists. So on my "to do" is to start including the heavier, more intense drama. Peninsula Productions is bringing a very intense political drama, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, to the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock.

This white-knuckle thriller is emotional, intellectual and questions democracy, justice and our role in it. The play runs from March 5 to 8; tickets are $23/$18 and are available online or at the box office, 604 536-7535.

TO CONTINUE DOING White Rock Players is presenting its first musical that is not a pantomime. A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum runs until March 1 at the Coast Capital Playhouse. I hope the theatre company continues to put on at least one musical each year to add to its "list." Mounting a musical is an ambitious and costly project for community theatre groups, and it will only work if ticket sales support the project. This show is a good beginning with some remarkable performances, and clear dedication from the crew in building sets, creating the costumes and providing props. Support the project. Continue doing.

TO FEEL This is how you want to "feel" in the upcoming year. This takes some thought and discussion. Maybe some music will put you in the mood. The City of White Rock is

sponsoring a new Sunday-afternoon classical series, and the second concert is on Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m. start at First United Church, White Rock. Tickets are $25/$15, phone 604 541-2199. This concert features clarinetist Julian Milkis, who has been heralded as one of the world’s greatest clarinetists, and renowned concert pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov – absolutely world-class and extraordinary. Apparently the first concert of this series, on Feb. 2, was so well received, the audience gave three standing ovations.

TO DONE Yes, this looks like a typo, but it isn’t. These are your accomplishments that you are proud of. Positive reinforcement. Metro Theatre has an amazing "to done" list. There Goes The Bride is the company’s 482nd production in 51 years. There is pay parking available, and the drive into Vancouver is sometimes worthwhile. Metro Theatre has just re-joined the Theatre BC family, and that is another nice thing – continue doing. There Goes The Bride runs until March 22. It is a musical comedy with plenty of song and dance.

TO STOP DOING These are things that you have actually tried to do, but they just didn’t work for you, so you no longer do them. Write them down, the things you won’t do anymore. Then throw away the list. For community theatre groups, I have something for your "To Stop Doing" list: Please do not send me press releases on Facebook. Whew, that would be a relief. Appreciate it.

TO NOT DO You want to stay away from anything on this list. Like, do not text and drive, and do not use your smartphone during any live theatre event. No texting, no talking, no photos. I know you already know this, but it is still a good thing to put on your list.

TO’ODLE This is what you can do when you need to let your mind wander and relax. Maybe a journey to Middle Earth would be perfect. Imagine That! Productions is presenting a musical adaptation of The Hobbit starting Feb. 28 at The Venue, 5709 Glover Rd., Langley. This student production should recapture some of the magic of these wonderful stories. Tickets are only $15; visit for more details.

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