Here is what’s going on in Toronto theatre this week. There are several great shows to catch for the week of March 5, 2012: ** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Wayne, our Managing Editor, wish he could exist in multiple parallel universes so he could check them all out.
Already covered by MoT
Dani Girl by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman (Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions). A young girl with leukemia goes on a magical journey to reclaim her health in this musical. Previews Feb 16-17. Opens Feb 18 and runs to Mar 11. $33. Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, tift.ca.
Forbidden Broadway by Gerard Alessandri (Civic Light Opera Company). This musical revue salutes and spoofs famous musicals. Opens Feb 22 and runs to Mar 10. $28. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall. 416-755-1717, civiclightoperacompany.com.
Free As Injuns by Tara Beagan (Native Earth Performing Arts). This poetic drama looks at blood ties, entitlement, inheritance and legacy. Previews Feb 28-29. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 18. $10-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, nativeearth.ca.
High Life by Lee MacDougall (Soulpepper). An unlikely group of masterminds plan ‘the perfect crime,’ with dangerous and comic results. Previews Feb 13-20. Opens Feb 21 and runs to Mar 28. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22/stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill (Soulpepper). O’Neill’s story of isolation, addiction and despair reveals a day in the life of his own family. Previews Feb 14-22. Opens Feb 23 and runs to Mar 28. $51-$68, stu $32; rush $22/stu $5. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Potted Potter by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner (Starvox Entertainment/Potted Productions). Clarkson and Turner use costumes, props and music to perform all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. Previews Feb 11-12. Opens Feb 14 and runs to Mar 25. $29.95-$99.95. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 1-800-461-3333, mirvish.com.
Seeds by Annabel Soutar (Crow’s Theatre/Porte Parole). A Canadian farmer battles a biotech giant in court in this documentary play about the future of food. Previews Feb 18-21. Opens Feb 22 and runs to Mar 10. $15-$35. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, crowstheatre.com.
The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh (Toronto Irish Players). A young priest tries to resolve violent disputes between two brothers following their father’s death. Opens Feb 23 and runs to Mar 10. $20, stu/srs $18; opening night $50. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. torontoirishplayers.com.
War Horse based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford (National Theatre of Great Britain/Mirvish). An English boy sets out to find his horse after it’s sold to the cavalry and shipped off to France during WWI. Previews Feb 10-27. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Jun 30. $35-$130. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
And the rest…
7 Fierce Femmes (Seventh Stage Theatre Productions). This funder for the company features a party and performances in honour of International Women’s Day. Mar 7 at 7 pm. $25-$35. The Extension Room, 30 Eastern. seventhstageproductions.com/theatre/.
An Evening With The Canadian Romantic (Robert Drayton). Multidisciplinary entertainer and writer Drayton gives a musical solo performance and shaves his moustache at this book launch. Mar 8 at 8 pm. $7. Double Double Land, 209 Augusta. doubledoubleland.com.
Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears A Yarmulke? by Amy Holson-Schwartz (TEATRON Theatre). A secular PhD candidate meets a religious Zionist doctor in this romantic comedy. Opens Feb 29 and runs to Mar 11. $31-$48, stu/srs $26-$30, preview $19. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge. 416-733-0545, teatrontheatre.com.
Choreographic Works Ryerson Theatre School presents choreography and performance by students of the Dance program. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 16. $18, stu/srs $14. Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard E. 416-979-5118, ryersontheatre.ca.
Classical And Contemporary Ballet Ballet Jörgen presents a dance showcase featuring works by Canadian choreographers. Mar 9-10 at 8 pm. $22-$69. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis. 416-978-8849, balletjorgen.ca.
Cosi Fan Tutte by WA Mozart (U of T Faculty of Music Opera Division). Two young soldiers wager on the fidelity of their finacées in this comic opera. Mar 8-11. $30, stu/srs $20. Edward Johnson Building, MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208.
Exodus Harbourfront NextSteps and Ballet Creole present a farewell to contemporary dancer Almond Small with two remounted works by Debbie Wilson and more. Mar 8-10. $35-$45, stu/srs $20-$25. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, balletcreole.org.
Far From The Heart by Joan Chandler (Sheatre). A woman’s outfit sparks reactions at a party in this participatory theatre presentation. Mar 8 at 3 pm. Free. York University Accolade E Bldg, 4700 Keele. sheatre.com.
Frances And Marybeth by Neale Kimmel ((bracket) Theatre). A woman looks to forget her heartbreak by planning a double-date night with her sister in this comedy. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 18. $20, Sun pwyc. Factory Theatre, Studio, 125 Bathurst. francesandmarybeth.com.
Frequency tiger princess dance projects presents choreography by Yvonne Ng about a voyage through diversity and different social spheres. Previews Mar 7. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 11. $20, stu/srs $17, preview $10. The Citadel, 304 Parliament. 416-504-7529, princessproductions.ca.
I Am Not Neil Young, The Musical by Don Lamoreux and Frank Wilks (Don Lamoreux/Dogfish Production). This autobiographical solo show looks at the highs and lows of rock and roll tours. Mar 9 at 9:30 pm. $20. Black Swan, 154 Danforth. 416-698-0018, iamnotneilyoung.ca.
Legally Blonde The Musical by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach (Lower Ossington Theatre). A sorority girl makes it to law school in this musical based on the 2001 film. Opens Mar 9 and runs to Mar 31. $45-$60. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
Megillah Mia: The Scandinavian Purim Family Musical by Simon and Aliza Spiro (Beth Tzedec Congregation). This Purim-themed musical features ABBA songs and an original story. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 11. $10-$36. 1700 Bathurst. 416-781-3511.
Paprika Festival (Tarragon Theatre). This festival presents new works by emerging artists, alumni and more, including works by Evan Vipond, Rosamund Small, Josh Korngut, the Creators’ Unit and more. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 10. $5, Occupy Paprika $20. Extra Space, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, paprikafestival.com.
Pinkalicious, The Musical by Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann and John Gregor (Vital Theatre). A girl turns pink after eating too many cupcakes in this family show. Opens Aug 21 and runs to Dec 18. Jan 15-Mar 25. $29.50-$39.50. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416-642-8973, vitaltheatre.ca.
Return To Your Roots Burlesque Brunch (Great Canadian Burlesque). The troupe presents an afternoon revue featuring Pastel Supernova, Gigi Vanilla and others. Mar 11 at 1 pm. $10. Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen W. greatcanadianburlesque.com.
Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S Kaufman (Theatre Erindale). Aspiring actresses share dreams and disappointments in a boarding house in Depression-era NYC. Previews Mar 8. Opens Mar 9 and runs to Mar 17. $15, stu/srs $10. Erindale Studio Theatre, 3359 Mississauga Rd N. 905-569-4369, theatreerindale.com.
Tales From The Street (Independent Concert Productions). Four actors from the British soap opera Coronation Street talk about the stories and secrets of their characters, backstage antics and more. Mar 10 at 2 and 8 pm. $50-$96. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front E. 416-366-7723, talesfromthestreet.biz.
The Campbell House Story by Alex Dault (Single Thread Theatre Company). This walking-tour play of one of Toronto’s oldest buildings takes the audience back to 1827 and the politics of the time. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 17. $20 (totix.ca). Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. singlethread.ca.
The F Word by Jennifer Phillips (Centre for Women’s Studies in Education/360 Productions). This new play of female-focused vignettes launches in celebration of International Women’s Day. Mar 8-11. $21-$45 (totix.ca). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, 360productionsinc.com.
The Green Door Cabaret Series (Lower Ossington Theatre). This series features cabaret performances by Joel Hartt, Randy Vancourt, Kelly Holiff and others. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Apr 7. $20-$30. 100A Ossington. lowerossingtontheatre.com/cabaret.
The Happy Woman by Rose Cullis (Nightwood Theatre). This darkly comic play looks at how a middle-class family suppresses truth to maintain a happy veneer. Previews Mar 5-6. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 24. $22-$46. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-368-3110, nightwoodtheatre.net.
The Lost Sagas Of Tjorvi The Flaccid by Jiv Parasram (Pandemic Theatre). This farcical tale of an insecure Viking warlord explores society’s obsession with power and libido. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 10. $10-$15. Unit 102 Studio, 376 Dufferin. pandemictheatre.ca.
The Neverending Story based on a novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S Craig (Roseneath Theatre). A bullied boy seeks refuge in books and is drawn into an epic adventure. Previews Feb 27. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 17. $10-$20. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222, youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
The Night Of The Iguana by Tennessee Williams (Hart House Theatre). Sexual tension and soul searching surround a defrocked minister as he leads female tourists around 1940s Mexico. Opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 10. $25, stu/srs $10-$15. 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849, harthousetheatre.ca.
The Rules by Chuck Mee (University College Drama Program). Various scenarios explore societal norms and what it means to be ‘civilized’. Opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 17. $15, stu/srs $10. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St George. uc.utoronto.ca/content/view/1135/2946/.
The Sleeping Beauty The National Ballet of Canada presents the Tchaikovsky classic fairy-tale ballet re-staged by Karen Kain. Opens Mar 10 and runs to Mar 18. $25-$234. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
The Small Room At The Top Of The Stairs by Carole Fréchette (Tarragon Theatre). A woman debates entering her husband’s secret room. Previews Feb 29-Mar 6. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Apr 8. $21-$51. 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827, tarragontheatre.com.
This Wide Night by Chloë Moss (Mermaid Parade). Two women just out of prison try to survive and connect with the outside world. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 17. $20, stu/srs $15, Sun pwyc. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, redsandcastletheatre.com.
Tough Case by David S Craig (Roseneath Theatre). This courtroom drama looks at restorative justice, retribution and community. Mar 10 at 11 am and 3 pm. Free. 651 Dufferin. roseneath.ca.
Zero Hour by Jim Brochu (Lia and Danna Matthow). This solo show looks at the art, humour, temper and wit of Jewish artist Zero Mostel. Previews Feb 8. Opens Feb 9 and runs to Mar 11. $59-$69.50. Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst. 1-855-985-2787, zerohourshow.com.
*Listings based on NOW stage listings*