Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of September 5, 2010

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week!  Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of September 5, 2010:

**  Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out.

**A Night In The Old Marketplace by Frank London (Ashkenaz Festival). This multimedia performance reimagines IL Peretz’s Yiddish play as an avant-garde opera. Sep 6 at 1 and 5:30 pm. $25-$30. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-979-9901, ashkenazfestival.com.

**Junction Arts Festival (Junction Forum for Art and Culture). The street festival features music, dance, comedy, spoken word, performance art and more by Istvan Kantor, Quinn C Martin, Random Acts of Dance, Robert Priest and others. Opens Sep 8 and runs to Sep 12, see website for details. Free/pwyc. Dundas W between Indian Grove and St Johns Rd. junctionartsfest.com

Naked Girls Reading Dr. Seuss (Skin Tight Outta Sight). Members of the burlesque troupe perform. Sep 12, doors 7 pm. $15, couples $25. The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington. skintightouttasightngrdrseuss.eventbrite.com.

Rising Below The Sun (Cecelia McHugh). A lifelong friendship is strained by competition and jealousy in this solo show. Sep 9-11, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $18. Theatre Passe Muraille, Backspace, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, risingbelowthesun.com.

**Shawn Hitchins Is A Single White Douche (Shawn Hitchins). Hitchins performs his comedic musical cabaret. Opens Sep 9 and runs to Sep 18, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $10-$15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, shawnhitchins.com.

The High Flying Adventures Of Peter Pan (Cabbagetown Theatre Company). This all-ages, panto-style comedy is inspired by the fairy tale. Opens Sep 10 and runs to Sep 12, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm. $5. Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester. cabbagetownfestival.com.

Through The Leaves by Franz Xaver Kroetz (Company Theatre). This drama looks at the relationship between a female butcher and her abusive companion. Previews Sep 10-11. Opens Sep 14 and runs to Oct 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$40. Tarragon Theatre, Extra Space, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, companytheatre.ca.

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Doc by Sharon Pollock (Soulpepper). A woman returns home to mend her relationship with her parents. Previews Aug 19-25. Opens Aug 26 and runs to Sep 18, Mon-Sat 8 pm (see website for mats). $32-$76. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.

**Drama & Desire: Artists And Theatre (Art Gallery of Ontario). CanStage Dream in High Park actors and Atelier Ballet dancers perform alongside an exhibit of Stratford Festival props, stage machines and interactive content. Opens Jun 19 and runs to Sep 26, performances on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free w/ admission. 317 Dundas W. ago.net.

Love, Loss, And What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron (Michael Rubinoff/Daryl Roth). Mary Walsh, Margot Kidder, Sharron Matthews, Andrea Martin and others perform stories about women. Previews Jul 16-20. Opens Jul 21 and runs to Sep 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed and Sat 2 pm. Opens Sep 10 and runs to Oct 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed and Sat 2 pm (plus Sep 12 at 2 and 7 pm). $35-$65. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, lovelossonstage.ca.

Rock Of Ages by Chris D’Arienzo (Mirvish). This arena-rock love story takes place LA’s Sunset Strip and features hits from the 80s. Previews Apr 20-May 9. Opens May 11 and runs to Oct 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mats Sat-Sun 2 pm. $28-$99. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.

Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes (Second City). presents its 66th sketch comedy revue about how everyone (and everything) is awesome. Tue-Sat 8 pm (plus Sat 10:30 pm), Sun 2 pm. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com.

**What The Butler Saw by Joe Orton (Soulpepper). Sexual indiscretions meet bureaucratic incompetence in this satiric play. Previews Aug 19-24. Opens Aug 25 and runs to Sep 18, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm (see website for mats). $32-$76. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.

*Listings based on NOW stage listings*