Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of November 12th, 2012

Five for Twenty-Five (Or Less)

Love can mean the most spectacular, indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone.  It can mean giving someone the power to destroy you, and trusting them not to.  It can either be a horrible disease or a blessing.  In this week’s cheap theatre post we cover the all-encompassing theme of love.  Whether it is first love, unconditional love, a family’s love, or unrequited love – it’s all here this week.  So get ready for an emotional (but still affordable) roller-coaster ride!

THE ANGER IN ERNEST AND ERNESTINE by Robert Morgan, Martha Ross and Leah Cherniak (Barzotti Woodworking/Pivotal(arts)). Repressed anger rears its head as a couple strive to maintain the veneer of a perfectly ordered world. Previews Nov 6-7. Opens Nov 8 and runs to Nov 24. $20-$25, preview $10. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin.

A HETAERAE EVENT (Theatre Hetaerae/Bring the Buzz). A collective of women present an intellectual striptease on monogamy and infidelity. Opens Nov 14 and runs to Nov 24. Pwyc. Theatre Passe Muraille, Backspace, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529,

CINDERELLA (A RATICAL RETELLING) by Mike Kenny and Jason Jestadt (Young People’s Theatre). Five rats retell the classic fairy tale in this musical story for ages 4 and up. Previews Nov 12-14. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Dec 30. $15-$20. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

EIGENGRAU by Penelope Skinner (Red One Theatre Collective). Two pairs of roommates deal with love, feminism and trying to connect in this dark comedy. Opens Nov 8 and runs to Nov 24. $20. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington.

MAMBO ITALIANO (Alexander Showcase Theatre) the gay son of a traditional Italian-Canadian family decides to “come out” to his old world parents with hilarious results Nov 15-25. $20-$25. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., 416-324-1259,