There’s plenty of budget-friendly theatre to be had this month but we had to narrow it down for five picks under $20. So here’s what we’ve come up with. This week’s selections deal with being caught in between — a love triangle, a struggle with an alcoholic father and a cheating ex, right and wrong, private shame and public scandal. We’ve all been there, through headache, heartache and plenty of frustration. See how these stories unfold.
The Country Wife by William Wycherley (George Brown Theatre School). A politician is caught between private shame and public scandal in this social comedy. Opens Feb 5 and runs to Feb 15, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 1:30 pm (and Feb 12). $18, srs $12 stu $7. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley (JR Theatre Company). A woman deals with her alcoholic father and an ex-boyfriend who seduced her sister. Opens Feb 7 and runs to Feb 16, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20. The Box Studio, 89 Niagara. dreamer.brownpapertickets.com.
Genesis & Other Stories by Rosamund Small (Aim for the Tangent Theatre). The story of Adam and Eve is reset in 1965 America and features slapstick, religious satire and backstage antics. Opens Feb 5 and runs to Feb 15, Wed-Fri 8 pm, Sat 7 and 9 pm. $10-$15. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411, totix.ca.
Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Unit 102 Actors Co). This play examines the judicial system and asks whether redemption is possible. Previews Jan 29. Opens Jan 31 and runs to Feb 15, Wed-Sat 8 pm (and Feb 11), mat Sun Feb 9. $20, mat pwyc. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. unit102theatre.com.
Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane by Grace Smith (Theatre Double Take). A woman tells her side of a bizarre love triangle in this imagined sequel to Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Opens Feb 5 and runs to Feb 9, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. lemonTree Studio, 196 Spadina (lower unit). roxane.eventbrite.ca.