You get up in the morning, prep yourself for the day, step out the door and… Any number of things can happen from that point on – you go about your day as planned or you get ‘tapped’ for a clandestine mission for a foreign dignitary or you run into the love of your life and then meet their lovely significant other. This week’s cheap theatre picks are all about that random element that blooms when you least expect it or when personal ideals blend or contrast with others. Call it kismet, call it serendipity, call it a great night of theatre.
The Foursome by Jane Ford (Sterling Studio Theatre). Secrets emerge when three upscale women add a young heiress to their tennis quartet in this dark comedy. Previews Sept 17. Opens Sept 18 and runs to Sept 28, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $20, preview $15. 163 Sterling, unit 5. sterlingstudiotheatre.com.
Killer Diction by Matti McLean (Big Picture Cinema). A man faces killer cats and zombie actors after accidentally throwing the god of death out of his theatre in this comedy. Sept 20-22, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$25. 1035 Gerrard E. guestlistapp.com/events/179958.
Look Back In Anger by John Osborne (FeverGraph Theatre Company). The female-centered company presents its take on this play about four people crippled by their ideas of societal and interpersonal oppression. Opens Sept 18 and runs to Sept 28, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20 stu/srs $15. Ten 93 Queen W, 1093 Queen W. 416-277-5075, fevergraph.com.
Strolling Player by Richard Willis and Heidi Reimer (Red Sandcastle Theatre). From falling off the stage to falling in love, Willis recounts the ups and downs of one actor’s life. Opens Sept 12 and runs to Sept 22, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, redsandcastletheatre.com.
The Underpants by Steve Martin (Alumnae Theatre). A housewife becomes an instant celebrity after accidentally losing her underpants in public. Opens Sept 20 and runs to Oct 5, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, Wed 2-for-1, Sun pwyc. 70 Berkeley. 416-364-4170, alumnaetheatre.com.