Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of January 30, 2012

Five For Twenty (or Less)

This week’s cheap theatre post lists five live theatre shows in Toronto that are only $20 or lower per ticket. Our picks include productions by Why Not Theatre, FroMast Productions, U of T’s Centre for Drama, Stages, and Acting Up Stage Dark Night Cabaret Series. Have a fun night out!

A Brimful Of Asha by Asha and Ravi Jain (Why Not Theatre). An Indo-Canadian man discovers that his Indian vacation is actually a wife-seeking scheme by his parents. Previews Jan 24-25. Opens Jan 26 and runs to Feb 18. $18-$22, stu/previews $15-$19. Tarragon Theatre, ExtraExtra Space, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827,

A Really Bad Play by Daniel Stolfi (FroMast Productions). A cast of understudies, a bad script and poor production derail a theatre show in this comedy. Opens Jan 31 and runs to Feb 4. $15-$20. Pia Bouman School, 6 Noble.

Festival Of Original Theatre (U of T Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies). The conference and festival features panels and workshops plus performances of Beatriz Pizano’s La Maleta, Helen Vosters’ Performing Peace and others. Feb 2-5. Free. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College.

Henri Fabergé’s Heligoland Follies (Stages). This monthly six-part performance series features music, comedy, film and narrative theatre about an 1820s community trying to reach a utopian ideal. Oct 6 at 9 pm. Nov 3 at 9 pm. Dec 1 at 10 pm (doors 9 pm). Jan 12 at 9 pm. Feb 2 at 9 pm. Mar 1 at 9 pm. Pwyc. Hart House, Arbor Room, 7 Hart House Circle.

Tales From A Suitcase by Laura Caswell (Acting Up Stage Dark Night Cabaret Series). Caswell weaves together musical theatre standards and pop favourites to tell a personal story. Jan 30 at 8 pm. $20. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110,