Win Tickets to What You’re Missing at the Chutzpah! Festival

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The Chutzpah! Festival, which began on February 19th, is going strong through to March 15th at the Norman Rothstein Theatre and various off-site venues around Vancouver. Now in its 15th year, it brings to the stage awe-inspiring dance, insightful theatre, hilarious comedy, and engaging music from international and Canadian artists.

The wide range of performances entertains audiences with everything from an Ethiopian-fused Reggae band and the Borealis String Quartet to stand up comedy from three hilarious South Asian, Italian and Vietnamese American-Jewish comedians Samson Koletkar, Mike Capozzola and Joseph Nguyen.


Single tickets for Chutzpah! are $20 to $36 and can be purchased online or by phone at 604-257-5145 (box office) or 604-684-2787 (Tickets Tonight). Chutzi Packs are also available, which allow you to see four different shows of your choice for only $85. Tickets are also be available in-person at the Jewish Community Centre (950 West 41st Avenue).

What You’re Missing

If you’re not attending any Chutzpah Festival performances, you’re definitely missing out so the aptly named “What You’re Missing” should be at the top of your list of shows to check out before the end of the festival. Chutzpah! will host the Canadian premiere of this play from March 10th to March 15th, 2015.

What You’re Missing (Cailtlin McCarthy & Amitai Marmorstein). Photo by Tim Matheson.

What You’re Missing is a bright new comedy about yearning and stifling, freedom and control, assets and liabilities, culture and class, and of course, strong dominating mothers. Vancouver-born, UK-based playwright Tamara Micner paints with a smile as she colours the streams of implications for two young people in love, living in the shadows of two very different histories – the Eastern European and Chilean Jewish experience.

The effervescent, talented Tamara Micner has us laughing deeply as we celebrate the universal in fumbling our way through difference. It’s 1974 in Vancouver. Isabel and Ed really like each other – and really like each other’s parents (a lot) more than their own! They want to travel together, but Ed’s mother refuses. Isabel’s dad won’t speak to Ed, Isabel’s mum won’t shut up about Pinochet, and everyone’s too hungry or too full. As the two families meet, eat, misinterpret and overreact, will the older generation be a catalyst, or a catastrophe? Is it only the young couple who are coming of age?

What You’re Missing premiered at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge in 2011 and has previously sold out at London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2014.

Gracing the stage in Vancouver will be six of Western Canada’s finest actors: Stephen Aberle, Natascha Girgis, Luisa Jojic, Amitai Marmorstein, Caitlin McCarthy and Jeffrey Renn. Directed by the award-winning director John Cooper, who has directed over 130 productions across Canada.

Showtimes are March 10th, March 11th, March 12th, and March 14th at 8:00pm; March 13th at 3:00pm; and March 15th at 1:00pm. Tickets are $29 (adult), $25 (senior), $20 (students), plus taxes/fees.

If you would like to see What You’re Missing at the Chutzpah! Festival, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the opening on March 10th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Chutzpah! Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Update The winner is Bonnie!

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19 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. SanazThursday, February 26th, 2015 — 10:56am PST

    I’d love to check this out!

  2. BonnieThursday, February 26th, 2015 — 10:59am PST

    I’d love to go

  3. ValerieThursday, February 26th, 2015 — 1:49pm PST

    Such a great festival, sounds like a really interesting play!

  4. Lois PattersonThursday, February 26th, 2015 — 2:03pm PST

    I have loved every Chutzpah performance I attended.

  5. Bonnie Y.Thursday, February 26th, 2015 — 8:51pm PST

    I think this sounds really interesting. Planning to see it.

  6. BettyFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 12:51am PST

    I’m missing out…I need to get cultured and see, “What your Missing”.

  7. Janet Y.J. KongFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 10:30am PST

    I have a friend who loves all things Jewish. This would be great entertainment!

  8. Laura ThawFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 3:46pm PST

    Anyone missing What You’re Missing, should want to not miss it. I’m missing What You’re Missing too, but I don’t want to miss What You’re Missing, so for me to see What You’re Missing, make sure I don’t miss What You’re Missing by awarding me the tickets.

  9. SandraFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 4:00pm PST

    Would love to go!

  10. meredithFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 5:07pm PST

    This sounds like a great show!! Haven’t been to a show in so long and this would be a nice refresher 🙂

  11. LJ LawtonFriday, February 27th, 2015 — 7:35pm PST

    This would be my first time. Would love to win.

  12. Lorena GrandeSaturday, February 28th, 2015 — 1:22am PST

    Great name. This performance and the Chutzpah Festival look fabulous! Have always wanted to go to the Rothstein Theater. 🙂

  13. Sam HSunday, March 1st, 2015 — 9:12am PST

    Looks like lots of fun – would love to go !

  14. AlbertSunday, March 1st, 2015 — 1:07pm PST

    Sounds like a great show!

  15. cindySunday, March 1st, 2015 — 10:30pm PST

    Sounds fun!

  16. HollyMonday, March 2nd, 2015 — 7:26pm PST

    Strong, dominating Mothers… I may know them.

  17. AngelaMonday, March 2nd, 2015 — 8:49pm PST

    Sounds fun!

  18. BrianTuesday, March 3rd, 2015 — 1:01pm PST

    Love the whole team and want those tickets!

  19. GTTuesday, March 3rd, 2015 — 6:43pm PST

    Wow, that show looks great.

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