Here is what’s going on in Toronto theatre this week. There are several great shows to catch for the week of May 27th, 2013. ** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Wayne, our Managing Editor, wish he could exist in multiple parallel universes so he could check them all out.
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Hold Mommy’s Cigarette (Shelley Marshall). Marshall performs her solo dark comedy about life, mental illness and survival. Opens May 23 and runs to Jun 2. $20-$25, Sun pwyc. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. 416-821-1754, holdmommyscigarette.com.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts (Angelwalk Theatre/KooGle Theatre Company). This musical comedy looks at dating, mating and romance. Previews May 14-15. Opens May 16 and runs to Jun 2. $25-$45. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, 5040 Yonge. 1-855-985-2787, angelwalk.ca.
**Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi (Soulpepper). Choi’s play about a Korean family in Regent Park struggling with the past returns to the stage. Previews May 20-23. Opens May 24 and runs to Jun 19. $51-$68, stu $32, rush $5-$22. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Rent by Jonathan Larson (Lower Ossington Theatre). Artists of NYC’s Lower East Side struggle to make ends meet in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic in this musical. Opens Mar 28 and runs to Jun 2. $49-$60. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
The Barber Of Seville (Soulpepper). A barber helps a nobleman woo his true love in this adaptation of the play by Beaumarchais and the opera by Rossini. Previews May 9-14. Opens May 15 and runs to Jun 8. $51-$68, stu $32, rush $5-$22. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
The Bone House by Marty Chan (Red One Theatre Collective). A lecture about serial killers turns into a mystery of its own in this immersive play about fear and the imagination. Opens May 17 and runs to Jun 1. $20. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. redonetheatre.com.
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter (Wordsmyth Theatre). Two men are holed up in a basement with a job to do in this surreal play that asks how do you escape when there is no exit. Previews May 15 at 8 pm. Opens May 16 and runs to Jun 2. $15-$25. Odyssey Studio, 636 Pape. wordsmyth.ca.
The Meme-Ing Of Life Second City presents its spring mainstage revue about the wins and epic fails of living on and off the digital highway. Opens Mar 5 and runs to Jun 30. $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011, secondcity.com.
The Wizard Of Oz adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Really Useful Group/Mirvish/Troika Entertainment/Warner Bros/Bill Kenwright). A twister sends Dorothy over the rainbow in this musical based on the film. Previews Dec 20-Jan 12. Opens Jan 13 and runs to Aug 18. $35-$130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
And the Rest…
**360 Screenings (360 Screenings). Immersive cinema experience combining a film screening with elements of theatre. May 31-Jun 1. $40-$60. Secret Location, see website for details. 360screenings.com.
Aluna Cafe (Aluna Theatre). Reading of the Latin American play The Orgy by Enrique Buenaventura. May 27 at 7 pm. Free. Taste of Colombia Coffee & Gift Shop, 67 Bronte, unit 2. alunatheatre.ca.
Backyard Bonanza Dance Matters presents a party funder with a barbecue, film screening, a 50/50 draw and more. Jun 2 at 5:30 pm. $20. 1337 Queen E. dancematters.ca.
Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Nu Musical Theatricals/Classic Theatre Project/Starvox Entertainemnt). The popular musical featuring feline frolic at the Jellicle Ball returns. Previews May 28-Jun 9. Opens Jun 11 and runs to Jul 28. $40-$110. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212, catsto.com.
Cuisine Et Dependances by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri (Scuderia Productions/Les Indisciplinés de Toronto). Class struggles and the social status of women in 1990s Paris are discussed at a dinner party in this French play with English surtitles. Opens May 29 and runs to May 31. $15-$20. Beverley Halls, 206 Beverley. scuderiaproductions.com.
El Camino Or The Field Of Stars by Stewart Legere (The Accidental Mechanics Group/Videofag). Stewart performs his solo show about the struggles of a queer couple dealing with internalized homophobia. Opens May 22 and runs to Jun 2. $15. Videofag, 187 Augusta. elcaminostars.eventbrite.ca.
Empty Boxes by AJ Laflamme (Homestead Theatre Project). A separating couple try to sort out their belongings as their lives go in different directions. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 9. $15. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, homesteadtheatre.ca.
Faces Of Samba Dance Migration presents world music and dance with dancer/choreographer Rosangela Silvestre and others. May 31 at 8 pm. $25. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307, dancemigration.com.
Figaro’s Wedding by WA Mozart with new libretto by Joel Ivany (Against the Grain Theatre). This contemporary re-imagining of Mozart’s comic opera features an English libretto and live chamber orchestra. Opens May 29 and runs to Jun 2. $35-$60. Burroughes Building, 639 Queen W. againstthegraintheatre.com.
Gynecolo-LOL-ogy: The Musical by Nathalie Younglai (b current). Workshop presentation of a comedy about an upbeat male gynecologist and a woman who’s anxious about her fertility. May 30 at 8 pm. $10-$15. Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie. 416-533-1500, bcurrent.ca.
InspiraTO Festival (Dominik Loncar). The annual festival of 10-minute plays presents works by Greg Vovos, Angie Farrow, Rachel Ganz, Jordan Mechano, Brett Haynes, Ashley Park and others. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 8. $15, stu $12; festival pass $50, stu $40. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley. inspiratofestival.ca.
Jill’s Living Room (Jill Léger). Léger hosts a monthly musical theatre open-mic show. Jan 28 at 7 pm. Apr 22 at 7 pm. May 27 at 7 pm. Jun 24 at 7 pm. $10. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. redsandcastletheatre.com.
Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig (Scarborough Theatre Guild). A hapless understudy impersonates a famous tenor in this musical comedy. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 15. $18, stu/srs $15. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston. 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Mame by Jerry Herman, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin (Civic Light Opera Company). A wealthy bohemian deals with the Depression and the arrival of her young nephew. Opens May 22 and runs to Jun 1. $28. York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch W. 416-755-1717, musictheatretoronto.com.
Nostalgia Momentum Dance Toronto presents dance inspired the bittersweet longing for things, persons or situations of the past. Previews May 29. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 1. $25-$30, preview $20. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester. momentumdancetoronto.com.
Once Upon A Murder (Mysteriously Yours… Dinner Theatre). Preparations for a royal wedding are interrupted by a murder in this interactive dinner-theatre mystery. Opens Jan 25 and runs to May 31. $40-$71. 2026 Yonge. 416-486-7469, mysteriouslyyours.com.
Over The River And Through The Woods by Joe DiPietro (East Side Players). A young man is offered a dream job far away from his close-knit Italian family. Opens May 23 and runs to Jun 8. $22, stu $15. Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery. 416-425-0917, eastsideplayers.ca.
rock.paper.sistahz: A Festival Dating Experience… (bcurrent). This arts festival features theatre, film, comedy, spoken word, visual art and more by Camille Turner, ahdri zhina mandiela, Catherine Hernandez and others. Opens May 25 and runs to May 31. Pwyc-$15, passes $10-$45. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. 416-533-1500, bcurrent.ca.
Shifting Edges DanceWorks Co-Works and Alias Dance Project present works by Heidi Strauss, Allen Kaeja, Valerie Calam, Troy Feldman, Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Portillo and Lauren Cook. Opens May 29 and runs to Jun 2. $25, stu $22. Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 9 Trinity, studio 313. eventbrite.com/event/5968093729.
Sister Mary’s A Dyke?! by Flerida Peña (Cahoots Theatre Company). A teen learns the truth about her all-girl Catholic boarding school in this coming-of-age story. Previews May 25-26. Opens May 28 and runs to Jun 16. $15-$25, Sun pwyc. Daniels Spectrum, Aki Studio Theatre, 585 Dundas E. 1-800-204-0855, cahoots.ca.
**The Book Of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone (Mirvish). Two naive missionaries go to a volatile region in Uganda in this religious satire musical. Previews Apr 30-May 1. Opens May 2 and runs to Jun 9. Sold out: see website for info on ticket lottery. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
The Devil’s Cabaret (Salon Noir). Performances by Mental Floss Sideshow, burlesque by Coco Framboise, readings, music and more. Jun 2 at 8:30 pm. $45. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. morbidoutlook.com/salonnoir.
The Green Door Cabaret Series (Lower Ossington Theatre). Performances by cabaret/musical theatre artists including Scott Walker, Gabi Epstein, Laura Caswell and others (see website for schedule details). Opens Apr 26 and runs to Jun 9. $20-$30. 100A Ossington. lowerossingtontheatre.com.
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (Lower Ossington Theatre). A police detective seeks a murderer among seven strangers stranded in a guest house. Opens Apr 25 and runs to Jun 2. $49. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
The Vagabond Trust Reading Series (jsquared theatre). Readings by Claudia Dey, Anusree Roy, Daniel Karasik, Julia Lederer, Alex Derry and others. May 27 at 8 pm. Free. The Ossington, 61 Ossington. jsquaredtheatre.blogspot.com.
The War Of 1812: The History Of The Village Of The Small Huts, 1812-1815 by Michael Hollingsworth (VideoCabaret). This history play looks at the war and its effects on a First Nations confederation that fought in defence of Canada. Previews Apr 9-16. Opens Apr 17 and runs to Jun 1. $20-$50. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
Theatre Of Disapproval After-Party (Playwrights Guild of Canada). This post-conference party features readings by playwrights David Henry Hwang and Judith Thompson. Jun 1 at 7:30 pm. Free. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. playwrightsguild.ca.
Theatre Out Of The Box (Act II Studio/50+ Festival). New plays written, directed, and performed by members of Act II Studio as part of the arts and learning festival for older adults. May 30-31. $15-$20. Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould. fiftyplusfestival.ca.
**Toronto Festival Of Clowns (Adam Lazarus/Dave McKay). Clowns, bouffons and physical theatre performers including dancers Susie Burpee & Linnea Swan, Keystone Theatre, Avant-Vaudeville, Morro & Jasp and others. Opens May 29 and runs to Jun 2. $15. Pia Bouman Studio Theatre, and Unit 102, 376 Dufferin, 6 Noble. torontofestivalofclowns.com.
Versailles Gala (Opera Atelier). The company’s annual fundraiser features soprano Ambur Braid, baritone Vasil Garvanliev, School of Atelier Ballet dancers and more. May 29 at 6 pm. $500. The Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington W. operatelier.com/gala.
Whose (Jewish) Line Is It Anyways? (Harold Green Jewish Theatre). This comedy funder for HGJT features Colin Mochrie, Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus. May 28 at 7:30 pm. $42-$88. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. tocentre.com.
You Are Here Bad Dog Repertory Players present an improvised show where suggestions form a map that shapes the show. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 20. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre.com.
Zombie Toronto Bad Dog Theatre presents an improvised zombie apocalypse w/ Mark Little, Hannah Spear and others. Wed 9:30 pm. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, baddogtheatre.com.
*Listings based on NOW stage listings*