Toronto Play Listings for the Week of May 11, 2015

Shows That Caught Our Eye This Week

If you’ve got nostalgia for classics or new takes on old tales, then this is a fine week of Toronto theatre for you. There are also plenty of new stage productions debuting this week. I’ve highlighted the shows that our editor Samantha Wu would love to see this week red text. Perhaps they’ll strike your fancy or you may find something else that’ll tickle your interest.

Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:


** The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (Canadian Opera Company). A barber helps a nobleman woo his true love in this Italian comic opera. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Opens Apr 17 and runs to May 22, see website for schedule. $12-$424.

Creditors by August Strindberg (The Coal Mine). A vengeful manipulator turns a man against his wife in this dark comedy. Previews Apr 26, opens Apr 28 and runs to May 17, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm. $15-$30.

How to Kill a Comedian Second City presents its Spring 2015 Mainstage revue. Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, plus Sat 10 pm. $25-$45, stu $16-$18.

** Once by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Mirvish). An Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Previews Feb 10-21, opens Feb 22 and runs to May 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $29-$130.

** Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (Tarragon). This Bollywood-inspired adaptation of the classic comedy is set in modern-day Brampton. Previews from Apr 22, opens Apr 29 and runs to May 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun (and some Sat) 2:30 pm. $27-$55, rush $15.

And the Rest….


American Idiot. by Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day (LOT). Three lifelong friends must choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in this musical based on the Green Day album. Opens May 1 and runs to May 24, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $50-$60.

Bedtime. (Bouge de là/Young People’s Theatre/Agora de la danse). Four phases of childhood are explored through high-energy dance in this collective creation for ages 4 and up. Opens May 6 and runs to May 14, see website for schedule. $15-$30.

Burnish. (Erika Batdorf). This performance installation invites the audience to choose elements that affect an ever-changing loop integrating music, digital technology, poetic text, art objects, movement and singing. In a self-contained mini theatre, the artist, attached to bio-sensors, attempts to maintain a deeply authentic process that is altered by every interaction. Opens May 15 and runs to May 21, see website for times. Free. 

** Bluebeard’s Castle / Erwartung by Bela Bartok/Arnold Schoenberg (Canadian Opera Company). Two short operas feature women probing into chilling mysteries and madness in this double bill. Opens May 6 and runs to May 23, see website for schedule. $22-$424. May 6, 8, 12, 14 and 23 at 7:30 pm; May 10 at 2 pm; May 16 at 4:30pm.

Brilliant Traces. by Cindy Lou Johnson (Tango Soul). Two strangers in free fall stumble together on a journey of discovery and healing. Opens May 14 and runs to May 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25, stu $15. Abrams Studio, 2nd floor.

** Brimstone and Treacle. by Dennis Potter (Precisely Peter Productions). A mysterious stranger approaches a couple struggling to deal with an accident that left their daughter bed-ridden and unable to communicate. Previews May 5, opens May 6 and runs to May 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 3 pm. $25.

Capitalism, Sex and Magic. Dancemakers presents works by Keith Hennessy, Eroca Nicols and Andrew Jay. Opens May 6 and runs to May 9, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 3 pm. $25, stu $20.

Days of Wine and Roses by JP Miller (The Renascent Foundation). A young couple’s marriage deteriorates as social drinking becomes alcoholism. Opens May 9 and runs to May 23, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and May 12-13). $40-$45 (supports The Renascent Foundation). 

Durango. by Julia Cho (fu-GEN Theatre Company/Theatre Smash). A family unravels during a cross-country road trip in this dramatic comedy about domestic embattlement. Previews May 16-17, opens May 19 and runs to May 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$37, Sun pwyc at the door.

George F. Walker Double Bill: After Class (Crazy Lady). Two plays – Parent’s Night and The Bigger Issue – are presented as part of a new play cycle by Walker. Previews Apr 21-22, opens Apr 23 and runs to May 17, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $17.50-$42.50, Sun pwyc at the door.

** God and the Indian. by Drew Hayden Taylor (Native Earth Performing Arts/Firehall Arts Centre). A Cree woman panhandling outside a coffee shop recognizes a face from her childhood, in a residential school, and seeks to confront her abuser. Previews from May 2, opens May 6 and runs to May 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$25. In the Aki Studio.

Half a League. by Scott Garland (Rarely Pure Theatre). Three men in a junkyard play at being soldiers and await the return of their “leader” when an unexpected visitor stumbles upon their “outpost”. Opens May 6 and runs to May 31, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $15.

The Imaginary Invalid. by Molière (Théâtre français de Toronto). A hypochondriac pesters doctors and pressures his daughter to marry one in this comedy. Previews May 6, opens May 8 and runs to May 24, see website for schedule and prices. Performed in French with English subtitles Wednesdays May 6, 13 and 20; All other times in French only.

** The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Unit 102 Actors Company). Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and others testify at the trial of the notorious sinner in this comic drama. Opens May 13 and runs to May 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $24, May 19 pwyc.

**Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. by Anne Washburn and Michael Friedman (Outside the March/Starvox Entertainment/Crow’s Theatre). In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors search for food, shelter and classic lines from “The Simpsons” in this show staged without electricity. Previews May 9-12, opens May 13 and runs to May 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (except May 10, at 7 pm), see website for other show. $30.

Paolozzapedia. by Adam Paolozza (Bad New Days/Why Not Theatre/The RISER Project). Collage of Paolozza’s family stories, surreal images, Italian folk songs and scraps of memory from the old country in a solo show. Previews May 13, opens May 14 and runs to May 24. See website for times. $12-$22

The Show That Smells or The Last Temptation of Jimmie Rodgers. by Gemma James Smith and Gil Garratt (Clawhammer). The devil approaches a dying country singer with an offer in this adult puppet show, based on the novella by Derek McCormack. Previews May 13-14, opens May 15 and runs to May 31, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$29, mats pwyc.

Trudeau and Lévesque. by Michael Hollingsworth (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper). The Prime Minister and the father of Quebec separatism bang heads in this history play. Previews from Apr 27, opens May 2 and runs to Jun 13, see website for schedule. $26-$56.  View Show Info


Listings based on NOW! Stage listings.