Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of December 5, 2011

Five For Twenty (or Less)

Looking for cheap but good live theatre in Toronto? Here are five shows for the week of December 5, 2011, that offer a great theatre experience for $20 or less.  We’ve got a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a women’s theatre festival, a glamourous cabaret, a free Afro-Brazilian dance show, and a dark comedy. Read more for all the details!

Proof by David Auburn (QED Theatre Co-op). The death of a mathematician reunites his estranged daughters and a former student as they seek the line between genius and madness. Previews Nov 29-30. Opens Dec 1 and runs to Dec 18, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $15-$20. The Branding Factory, 136 Geary, unit 215.

The New Groundswell Festival – A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre (Nightwood Theatre). Workshop productions of plays by Lisa Codrington, Jordi Mand and Ann-Marie Kerr & Susan Leblanc Crawford will be staged, plus readings, workshops and more. Opens Nov 30 and runs to Dec 10, performances Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for other events). $20, festival pass $45, some events free/pwyc. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110,

Early Retirement by Laurel Brady (Theatre Bassaris/Girls and Bicycles Productions). A young woman moves into a nursing home to avoid real life and heartbreak in this dark comedy. Dec 8-10, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $10. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin.

Gala! (Les Coquettes). The burlesque troupe performs a cabaret of dance, cirque, music and more inspired by Old Hollywood glamour. Dec 11 at 7 and 10 pm. $15-$30. Revival, 783 College.

The Dance Migration Harbourfront Centre presents the company performing Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and more as part of Terra Madre Day. Dec 10 from 2 to 6 pm. Free. 235 Queens Quay W.