Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of July 15th, 2013

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

It’s a sad day when the exhilarating rush of the Fringe festival comes to a close. When else are you going to find such a great variety of theatre and dance without having to empty all four of your piggy banks? To help out with your Fringe withdrawal, here are some shows that keep the spirit of affordability alive.

Buster Canfield And His Amazing Fleas by Eric Woolfe (Pocket Carnival Productions). This play for young audiences features puppets, masks, magic and a flea circus. Opens Jul 6 and runs to Aug 10, Sat at 11 am and 1 pm. $12.50-$15. Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood. pocketcarnival.com.

Jacqueries by Jacob Niedzwiecki (F/) In this political heist story, a cast of physical performers leads audiences through scenes in downtown locations, accompanied by synchronized sound and 3D video overlays delivered through a custom iPhone app. July 11, 14, 18, 21 at 8pm, and July 12 at 9pm. $20; jqrs.org

Mammalian Diving Reflex 20th Anniversary Bash (Mammalian Diving Reflex). The performance company hosts a party with Socialist* Games, DJ dancing, haircuts by the original cast of Haircuts By Children and more. Jul 18 at 7 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom, 1214 Queen W. mammalian.ca.

Pop-Up Porch View Dances Kaeja d’Dance presents a miniature version of last year’s show with new audience-inclusive works by Meagan O’Shea and Karen Kaeja. Opens Jul 18 and runs to Jul 20, Thu-Sat 7 pm. Pwyc. Vermont Square Park, 843 Palmerston. kaeja.org.

Thrill Me: The Leopold And Loeb Story by Stephen Dolginoff (capricorn 9 productions). Two thrill-killers murder a boy in this musical based on a true story from 1924. Opens Jul 12 and runs to Jul 27, Fri-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, redsandcastletheatre.com.

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