Five for Twenty (Or Less)
December is a pretty loaded month, especially with the impending arrival of the holidays. Between family visits to plan and gift-giving conundrums, sometimes it’s just a little bit easier to get in touch with your inner Scrooge. With all the holiday-themed action happening, there’s plenty of cheer and wintery humour to stumble across this time of year. It’s the moments of relief from the holiday rush that are few and far between, so we’ve Scrooged out a bit and rummaged up a few less holiday-centric options that won’t break open your wallet (at least, not as much as finding that perfect present might).
A Clockwork Orange: A Play With Music by Anthony Burgess (Huge Picture Productions/Echo Productions). Burgess’s dystopian novella about human nature and free will is adapted for the stage. Opens Dec 6 and runs to Dec 15. $15, stu $12. Electric Theatre, 299 Augusta. 416-317-8715, hugepictureproductions.com.
Dairy-Free Love: The Play by Victoria Murdoch (Savory Entertainment/Winchester Kitchen). Murdoch performs her solo comedy about the seemingly perfect home life of an internet cooking show host. Opens Dec 13 and runs to Dec 23. $15. Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester. dairyfreelove.com.
Eatcha Livah! (Clay & Puppet Theatre) Clay & Paper Theatre invites you to join us for an irreverent and rollicking evening of reading Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy, Prometheus Bound. Aloud. With puppets. Expect to participate. Expect to have fun. No liver will be served. Fake accents and general silliness are encouraged. Dec 15 at 8pm. Pwyc. Clay & Puppet Theatre Studio, 35 Strachan Ave. clayandpapertheatre.org
Flashman by Dave Healey (Spadina Museum). A superhero fights to win the girl of his dreams and save the world in this 1930s sci-fi radio play. Opens Dec 2 and runs to Dec 16. $10, srs/stu $8, child $6. 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910, facebook.com/events/462986597073011.
Hope Night In T.O (Free the Children) Variety show of dance, comedy and musical acts with different performers on Friday and Saturday. Including performances by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto Dance Vibe, Tricia Cole and others. Dec 14 to 15, 7:30 pm. $20. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst, 416-504-9971, factorytheatre.ca.