Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the week of June 13, 2011

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

This week, we’ve collected five live theatre shows in Toronto for you to see that are PWYC (Pay What You Can). Here are some handpicked goodies to partake in if you’re tired of watching evening reruns of The Cosby Show.

(Clay & Paper Theatre)
This annual celebration of love and courtship takes place at the park. It features dance, theatre, storytelling, a giant puppet and bicycle parade and more. Check out their website for photos from last year’s Day of Delight.
Jun 19 from 2 to 5 pm. Pwyc. Dufferin Grove Park, Dufferin S of Bloor.

by William Shakespeare (Bard in the Park Productions)
The classic tragedy about the plot to assassinate Caesar is performed outdoors in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto.
Opens Jun 14 and runs to Jun 19, Tue-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Kew Gardens, Bandshell, 2075 Queen E. 416-529-5178.

by Tom Walmsley (Red Root Collective)
A sexual secret is revealed as two couples play Scrabble, leading to betrayal and revenge.
Opens Jun 16 and runs to Jul 2, Wed-Sun 8 pm. $20, Sun pwyc. Meta Gallery, 124 Ossington.

Summerworks is Toronto’s indie theatre and arts festival. The launch party for the August festival features performances by Hannah Moscovitch, Susanna Hood, and SHUDDER. Music performances include TOPS and Laura Barrett. It will take place at the courtyard of the Edward Day Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. There will also be an auction.
Jun 18, doors 7 pm. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Edward Day Gallery, and MOCCA courtyard, 952 Queen W.

The National Theatre of the World presents a weekly variety show. Four of Toronto’s finest comic minds get together to make your mundane lives marvelous. The second half of the show is a live improvised radio play. There is a fully licensed bar here as well. Doors open at 8:30 pm.
Wed 9 pm. Pwyc. Bread & Circus, 299 Augusta.