Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 13th

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of June 13th, 2017. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. For your wallet-conscious viewing pleasure this week, we’ve selected some Black woman magic, an Ojibway lens on Turtle Island, Shakespeare, and much more! Check them out below the cut:

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Review: The Lavender Railroad (In-The-Moment Theatre)

Photo of Judith Cockman and Jennifer ValianceThe Lavender Railroad has “incredible chemistry” in a “tense little play”, on stage in Toronto

The question of who we save, and why we save them haunts In-The-Moment Theatre’s The Lavender Railroad, playing at The Box Theatre. Despite its heavy-handed title, this is not a show that takes its subject matter lightly, but instead tries to understand how a dark-mirror world could or would inform the traditional values people hold dear.

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Review: Brigadoon (The Civic Light-Opera Company)

Briagadoon is a “feel-good” comedy that leaves you “warm and fuzzy” on stage in Toronto

One of the things I love about writing for Mooney on Theatre is that I often get to learn about new venues, new companies, or new parts of the city. The Civic Light–Opera Company is a community theatre group based in the northeast end of the city. Their production of Brigadoon at the Zion Cultural Centre allowed me to do all three. Overall, I thought the company delivered a fine performance. It was fun to revisit an old favourite in a new (to me) setting.

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Review: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Showstopper Productions)

Improvised musical arrives on the Toronto stage

Earlier this year, I reviewed a Fringe show that promised a completely improvised musical over the course of one hour after just one suggestion from the audience. Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is that show writ large; instead of an accomplished local comedy troupe, the accomplished performers (The Showstoppers) are here on tour from England; instead of one suggestion, they incorporate several over the course of the evening; instead of a Fringe space, they must fill the cavernous Panasonic Theatre, and instead of one hour, they run a bit over two with intermission.

However, their challenge is the same: can they tell a complete story without leaving too many loose threads? Can they make catchy, harmonic music of varying styles, while rhyming? Can they run the gamut from The Sound of Music to Hamilton on the audience’s whim? Showstopper! does a great job with its constraints, it’s loads of fun, and it’s pretty easy on the ears.

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Review: MILF Life Crisis (Perfectly Norma Productions)

Big laughs at MILF Life Crisis, now playing on the Toronto stage

If I hadn’t committed to reviewing Anne Marie Scheffler’s one -person show MILF Life Crisis at the Red Sandcastle Theatre on Wednesday evening, I wouldn’t have gone out. It was a crummy day and I really didn’t want to do anything. That would have been a shame because I would have missed seeing a very talented woman in a very funny show. Continue reading Review: MILF Life Crisis (Perfectly Norma Productions)

Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of June 6th

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of June 6th, 2017. Perfect for the budget-conscious theatre-goer. For your wallet-conscious viewing pleasure this week, we’ve selected an indie festival, a Misérables workshop, a story about criminalized queerness and much more! Check them out below the cut:

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Review: The Jazz Singer (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company/Dancap)

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and Dancap’s reimagined production of The Jazz Singer is an extremely savvy example of social justice storytelling at the theatre, which deftly preserves the timeless and meaningful points of the original story, while shedding that which no longer serves it.

The original 1920s musical is loosely based on the real life of legendary 20s crooner Al Jolson, who made his name on stage performing in minstrel shows in blackface. Continue reading Review: The Jazz Singer (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company/Dancap)

Review: redShow / blueShow (InspiraTO)

InspiraTO delivers, both in inspiration and entertainment, on stage in Toronto

From now until June 10, there’s something special going on at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley St). It’s the annual InspiraTO short-play festival. In the runtime of just one hour, you can see 6 original short plays.

InspiraTO chooses its shows from over two-hundred submissions. With this vast selection, it’s unsurprising that the short plays that make it into the festival are quite good. I was generally impressed by what I saw onstage. These plays are short and to the point; some were a bit too on-the-nose for my liking, but the brevity and variety meant that I was never bored. I really recommend checking out this festival.

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