Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of September 26, 2011

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

There are some great live theatre shows to see in Toronto this week, and for cheap! There’s sure to be something for you that you’ll love – and the best part is, they’re all $20 or less. This week of September 26th, 2011 features a piece based on a famous Japanese writer, a musical exploring various cultures, a free Nuit Blanche event, a neighbourhood promenade, and a beautiful dance piece. Check ’em out.

A FOOL’S LIFE by Dan Watson (Ahuri Theatre/Why Not Theatre). Movement, drumming, shadow puppetry and projections are used in this multilingual piece inspired by the life and short stories of Akutagawa Ryunosuke. Previews Sep 29. Opens Sep 30 and runs to Oct 8, Mon-Sat 8 pm. $20, preview/Mon pwyc. Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen W. 416-538-0988,

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY MINUTES (Studio 60 Theatre). This musical revue features songs, dance and sketches from various cultures. Opens Sep 23 and runs to Oct 1, Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sep 28 and Oct 2 at 2 pm. $20. 60 Six Point. 416-354-2479,

CULTURE DAYS: JAPANESE ARTS (Ahuri Theatre). Workshops in Japanese drumming and dance, readings and more from noon to 6 pm. Screenings of Japanese animé and monster movies from 10 pm to 3 am as part of Nuit Blanche. Oct 1 from noon. Free. Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen W. 416-538-0988,

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. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529,

THE STUDIO by Hélène Langevin (Bouge de là). Four dancers use their bodies, objects, lighting and projections to bring visual art to life. Previews Sep 26. Opens Sep 27 and runs to Oct 6, see website for schedule. $15-$20. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,