Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the week of September 19, 2011

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

A new theatre season is upon us and we are extremely excited about the cheap theatre post this week; all the shows are ones we personally wish we could see. Although not all the shows are priced under $20, they all offer preview or PWYC nights. So get out there and indulge in some amazing theatre that is sure to blow you away. 

HIS GREATNESS by Daniel MacIvor (Independent Artists Repertory Theatre). This play is based on two days in 1980 when Tennessee Williams was in Vancouver for the opening of one of his plays. Previews Sep 20-21. Opens Sep 22 and runs to Oct 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Sat 2 pm, Sun 3 pm. $40-$60, preview $20, limited PWYC Sun. Factory Theatre, Studio, 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971, 

IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). A doctor’s use of a newfangled medical device draws curiosity from his wife. Previews Sep 13-20. Opens Sep 21 and runs to Oct 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Sat-Sun 2:30 pm (no mats Sep 17, Oct 15,Oct 22). $20-$47. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827,

MACHOMER by Rick Miller (WYRD). Miller voices several characters from TV’s the Simpson’s in this solo comedic adaptation of Macbeth. Opens Sep 13 and runs to Sep 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$55. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971,

THE MAIDS by Jean Genet (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Two maids are investigated when their mistress and her daughter are found dead in this psychosexual thriller. Previews Sep 17-21. Opens Sep 22 and runs to Oct 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $23-$33, Sun pwyc at the door. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

THE TALE OF A TOWN – QUEEN WEST by Lisa Marie Diliberto (Fixt point). This theatrical promenade starts at TPM and goes through the neighbourhood, exploring the history of the area using music and stories. Previews Sep 14. Opens Sep 15 and runs to Oct 9, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm. $20-$25, preview $15. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529,

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