Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of September 24th, 2012

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

There’s much that can be derived from varying experiences and broadening ones horizons. Most of our lives are spent learning about things to better understand them. Fear of the unknown can be gotten over fairly easily if you seek to understand it. This week’s trend in budget theatre looks at experiencing things you might not be faced with during the day-to-day grind. Learn more, discover more, let theatre make it easier to do.

Abilities Arts Festival (AAF). The festival celebrating diversity, inclusion and accessibility features a multimedia Nuit Blanche installation, stories told through podcast plays, film and more. Opens Sep 20 and runs to Oct 11. $8-$25, many events free. Various venues.

Die Fledermaus Rehearsal (Canadian Opera Company/Culture Days). Public rehearsal of the upcoming productions of the Strauss operetta. Sep 28 at 7 pm. Free. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231,

Gay Play Day: A Festival Of LGBT Theatre (Gay Play Day). Short plays by Bruce Harrott, Tina McCulloch, Durango Miller and Darren Stewart-Jones, plus a reading of Sky Gilbert’s new play, Hamilton Bus Stop. Sep 28-29. $15, stu $10. Alumnae Theatre, Studio, 70 Berkeley.

OBAABERIMA by Tawiah M’Carthy (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Imprisoned in Canada, a young Ghanaian talks of his journey across continents, genders, races and sexualities. Previews Sep 15-19. Opens Sep 20 and runs to Oct 7. Pwyc-$37. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

MEMORY IN THE MUD (Words In Motion). This movable drama and tour tells the stories of brick makers, POWs and Depression-era transients who spent time at the Brick Works. Opens Jul 11 and runs to Sep 29. $20, child $10. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview.