Five for Twenty (Or Less)
Feel like a party? Or maybe just a loot bag? Enter this week’s cheap theatre – an eclectic selection of shows seemingly unrelated outside of my gathering them together for you here. I have curated a loot bag of unique treats, like a United Nations meeting performed by dogs, a Shakespeare experiment followed by a dance party, Hobbit fan fiction, and of course the multifarious Rhubarb Festival. Dip your hand into this week’s cheap theatre party bag. Dig deep, see what you find!
Dachshund UN (Bennett Miller/Harbourfront World Stage/PawsWay). A meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights is staged with the help of specially recruited dogs in this performance installation. Feb 28-Mar 3. Free. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com.
Fan Fiction: The Hobbit Black Swan Comedy and Adam Ward present fan-generated material performed live by comedy groups w/ the Sushi Boys, the Weaker Vessels and others. Mar 2 8 pm. $7. Black Swan, 154 Danforth. facebook.com/events/339294629519226.
Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). The new works festival features plays, dance, performance art and more by Sook-Yin Lee, Nina Arsenault, Nicolas Billon, Alex Tigchelaar, Fay Slift and others. Opens Feb 20 and runs to Mar 3. $20/evening pass, One-To-One Performances pwyc, Mobile Works free. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Ruffing It (Shakespeare in the Ruff). The company experiments with the Bard’s Henry V, Part III, followed by a dance party. Mar 3 at 8 pm. $10-$15. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton. facebook.com/events/485607978173378.
Till Eulenspeigel (In The Afterlife Of Jerzy Kosinski) (Humber Theatre). The merry prankster figure from German folklore takes the audience through startling images, motifs and themes from Kosinki’s most visceral writings. Opens Feb 22 and runs to Mar 2. $15, stu/srs $10. Humber College Studio Theatre, 300 Birmingham. 416-675-6622 ext 3080, email@example.com.