Playlistings in Toronto for the week of May 14th

Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of May 14th, 2018

Toronto live theatre for the week of May 14th, 2018. This week’s picks feature a new festival, a true story, and a PWYC performance in a secret locale (plus so much more)! Our Managing Editor Wayne is on hand with a few of his top picks in red. Check them out below the cut:

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Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper)

August Wilson’s masterwork play hits all the right notes, now on stage in Toronto

When you walk into the theatre for Soulpepper‘s adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, you’re walking into a 1920s recording studio. This is apparent immediately, from the well-loved piano and old-fashioned microphones littering the stage, lying in wait to be used. While the space itself is relatively unassuming, the drama that takes place within is an elegant, well-acted, intricately crafted show that’s both entertaining and cerebral. Continue reading Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper)

Review: Elvis & The Man in Black (Citadel + Compagnie)

Toronto’s Citadel + Compagnie presents a dance program inspired by Elvis and Johnny Cash

You might think that a show entitled Elvis & The Man in Black was a music concert. But it’s not. It’s actually an evening of dance currently being performed by Citadel + Compagnie. The two pieces shown are each inspired by and set to the music of a legend of 20th century American music – Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Continue reading Review: Elvis & The Man in Black (Citadel + Compagnie)

Review: Maggie and Pierre (timeshare)

Photo of Kaitlyn Riordan in Maggie & PierreLinda Griffith’s play about Margaret and Pierre Trudeau is currently on stage in Toronto

Maggie and Pierre opened on Thursday at Tarragon Theatre Workspace. Depending on your age Linda Griffith’s play about Margaret and Pierre Trudeau’s tumultuous marriage could be a trip down memory lane or a history lesson.

For me it was definitely memory lane. For a couple of reasons. Margaret Trudeau, Linda Griffith, and I were born within five years of each other, that’s our shared history. And, because I saw Linda Griffith perform Maggie and Pierre in 1981. It made a huge impression on me. Continue reading Review: Maggie and Pierre (timeshare)

Review: The ‘94 Club (Crave Productions)

Sexuality and identity are key themes in this play, now on stage at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre

Entry to The ‘94 Club—currently running at the Tarragon Theatre—grants you a gorgeously written and deeply empathetic play about a crew of fifteen-year-old girls exploring their sexualities. They devise a competition among themselves to this end, one that makes for a riveting survey of sex, gender, and consent as they grapple with these concepts for the first time.

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of May 8th, 2018

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of May 8th, 2018. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. This week’s selections are feature sibling rivalries, famous Prime Ministers, and some groundbreaking PWYC options typical of Toronto’s vibrant indie theatre community! Check them out below the cut:

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Kid + 1 Review: Salmon Girl (Young People’s Theatre/Raven Spirit Dance)

Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre presents Raven Spirit Dance’s play Salmon Girl

You think you understand kids, and then they surprise you – or at least they surprised me at Salmon Girl, presented at Young People’s Theatre and created by the folks at Raven Spirit Dance. While there were some mis-steps in the production, it has solid bones and there were parts of the show where my young companions, two enthusiastic second-graders, were literally motionless with interest and attention.

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Review: Everything I Couldn’t Tell You (The Riser Project/Theatre Why Not/Spiderbones)

Everything I Couldn’t Tell You delves into the power of culture to heal, at the Theatre Centre in Toronto

Megan is an Indigenous woman who has recently been woken from a coma. The procedure has damaged her brain, unleashing painful memories that drive her to alcohol and sudden, brutal violence. 

Can two deeply damaged neuroscientists help her heal? This is the basic dramatic question posed by Everything I Couldn’t Tell You, currently playing at The Theatre Centre as part of the The Riser Project 2018. Continue reading Review: Everything I Couldn’t Tell You (The Riser Project/Theatre Why Not/Spiderbones)