Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of November 14, 2011

Five For Twenty (or Less)

You really can’t do much in Toronto for under $20 these days but we have some suggestions if you’re looking to do something different – or maybe not so different for you theatre lovers – for a change. We’ve put together a list of five shows that are all under $20 and the best part is that they are all written by famous playwrights. Here’s your chance to see a fresh take on a classic and you already know that the storyline is good enough to be re-enacted decades later.

FIRERAISERS by Max Frisch (the red light district). Frisch’s play about fear and mistrust during a city’s arson epidemic is given a modern update. Opens Nov 2 and runs to Nov 19, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $20, stu $15. Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas E.

LITTLE WOMEN adapted by Emma Reeves from the novel by Louisa May Alcott (George Brown College Theatre School). The March sisters grow up in genteel poverty against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 19, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Nov 12 and 16 at 1:30 pm. $18, srs $12, stu $7. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. or 416-866-8666. 

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME adapted by Constance Cox from a short story by Oscar Wilde (The Village Players). A palm reader’s prediction sets off a a comedic chain of events. Opens Nov 11 and runs to Dec 3, Thu-Sat (and Nov 16) 8 pm, mats Nov 20, 26 at 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $16. Bloor West Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor W. 416-767-7702, 

MACBETH by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Action). This adaptation sets the classic tragedy in a post-apocalyptic world. Nov 19 at 8 pm. $15. Central Commerce CI Theatre, 570 Shaw. 416-703-4881,

THE BUNDLE by Edward Bond (Ryerson Theatre School). A foundling grows up to be a militant voice for the people against the landowners in feudal China. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 24, Tue-Fri 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $18, stu/srs $14. Abrams Studio Theatre, 46 Gerrard E. 416-979-5118,