Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of April 8th, 2013

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

Spring is here! Finally! (Fingers crossed). The weather is doing new, exciting things, and so is Toronto theatre. It’s a time for growth and good feelings. Check some of it out, on the cheap, with this week’s inexpensive theatre select. 

AlterNatives by Dvora Levinson (act2studio works) Four people meet on a train headed west in the late thirties. Questions of identity, nationalism, and the clash of cultures arise. Opens April 11 and runs to April 13. $15-$20., The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E. (at Logan) 416-979-5000 x6297

Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason (Young People’s Theatre). On a planet run by children, a newcomer upsets the balance by granting the kids’ biggest wish, at a price. Previews Apr 8-10. Opens Apr 11 and runs to May 2. $10-$20. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

COBA Rehearsal Collective of Black Artists presents a sneak peak at the upcoming production Evoque – Passions Deep Within, plus a venue tour and Q&A with artists. Apr 10. $5 full program, performance only free. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E.

Love Takes The Worry Out Of Being Close: Public Assemblies In Bed With Queers by Reena Katz (HATCH). Talk politics with LGBTQ people in this performance installation based on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-ins. Opens Apr 9 and runs to Apr 13. Finale $15, stu/srs $12; bed-ins free. Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000,

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind (George Brown Theatre School). A group of 19th-century German teens explore their budding sexuality and deal with the consequences. Opens Apr 9 and runs to Apr 20. $18, srs $12 stu $7. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666,