Five For Twenty (or Less)
Halloween is coming up, so if you’re looking for a ghoulishly good time without going to some lame haunted house, check out some of the cool cheap Toronto theatre shows that are playing this week of October 24th! We’ve listed five shows at $20 or under a ticket. There’s a play about Toronto teens, puppetry in the park, a Japanese play at a historic Queen St. house museum, an Indigenous arts festival, and a haunted medicine show! See the entire entry for our cheap theatre picks.
Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show by Eric Woolfe (Eldritch Theatre). A travelling exorcist and his ghoulish puppets perform a Victorian-Gothic show. Opens Oct 19 and runs to Nov 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$35. Secret Venue, location revealed with purchase. eldritchtheatre.ca.
Guns & Roses by Julian DeZotti (The Original Norwegian/Breakaway Addiction Services/Mixed Company Theatre). A live DJ and video projections are incorporated into this play about Toronto teens and high school life. Previews Oct 17. Opens Oct 18 and runs to Oct 28, Mon 7:30 pm, see website for other dates and times. $10-$30, stu mats $8. Alumnae Theatre, Studio Theatre, 70 Berkeley. theoriginalnorwegian.com.
In The Pines by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, adapted by the Company (Red One Theatre Collective/Yabu no Naka Co-op). Adapted from Japanese Roshomon tales, this story of love, honour and betrayal takes the audience back in time through the historic house. Opens Oct 26 and runs to Oct 31, Wed-Mon 7 and 9 pm. $20. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. redonetheatre.com.
Night Of Dread (Clay & Paper Theatre). Puppets, stilt dancers and others perform and parade in an exploration of fear. Oct 29, parade assembles at 4 pm, departs at 6 pm. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Dufferin Grove Park, Dufferin S of Bloor. clayandpapertheatre.org.
Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival XXIV (Native Earth Performing Arts). New works by Aboriginal creators including plays by Keith Barker, Clifford Cardinal, Darrell Dennis, Angela Loft, Thundering Voices artists and more. Opens Oct 25 and runs to Oct 29, professional development Tue-Wed (by registration), performances Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $10, festival pass $30. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, nativeearth.ca.