This week’s collection of theatre on a budget explores relationships (between spouses, estranged spouses, parents and offspring), the various forms they can take and all the human pitfalls, hiccups and tragedies that can befall them. These stories will make you laugh, cry, but most of all think and consider the relationships in your life.
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber (Red One Theatre Collective). This version of Strindberg’s play about class, sex and gender roles sets the characters in post-WWII England. Previews Nov 14. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 30, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $10-$20. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. redonetheatre.com.
Donors by Brandon Crone (safeword). A sperm donor meets his 18-year-old son, but then more kids surface in this drama/horror. Opens Nov 7 and runs to Nov 17, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $18. Hub 14, 14 Markham. secureaseat.com/donors.
Exmas by Debbie Deer (Nicole Pena). Seven exes from different backgrounds and sexual orientations learn that they are all connected at an epic Christmas dinner. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 24, Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu $18, Sun $10 or pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
The Session (Things Falling Apart) tells the story of a young woman as she is forced to undergo a psychiatric assessment, during which she reluctantly relives her life’s journey. Nov. 13-17, $15. The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East at Logan. 416-845-9411 thingsfallingapartevents.wordpress.com
The Stronger Variations (Theatre @ York). This version of August Strindberg’s play about a meeting between a wife and a mistress examines the nature of betrayal, desire and loyalty. Previews Nov 10-11. Opens Nov 12 and runs to Nov 16, daily at 7:30 pm, mat Wed and Fri at 1 pm. $17, stu/srs $12, preview $5. York University, Joseph G Green Studio Theatre, 4700 Keele. 416-736-5888.