Fitting in is never easy. At work, at home, or in society as a whole, sometimes you just don’t feel like you belong. But not to worry! This week’s Cheap Theatre list focuses on characters who also don’t quite fit in, and their struggles to overcome their outsider status. You can see any of them for around $20 or less! So whether you’re interested in the tale of an out-of-the-ordinary Roman slave fighting for his freedom, two lovers trying to navigate the Wikileaks affair, or the story of children begging on the streets of Kolkata, come check out some good, affordable theatre!
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (The Village Players). The spirit of his first wife pesters a man and his new spouse in this comedy. Opens Apr 25 and runs to May 17, see website for schedule. $20, stu/srs $16. Bloor West Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor W. 416-767-7702, villageplayers.net.
Faster Than Night by Digital BlackBox (Harbourfront Centre HATCH). A social media billionaire goes on a time-travel mission to cheat death in this fusion of live theatre, 3D animation and audience interaction. May 3 at 2 and 8 pm. $12-$15.Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch/legacy.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart and Stephen Sondheim (Scarborough Music Theatre). A sly Roman slave plots to win his freedom in this musical comedy. Opens May 1 and runs to May 17, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (May 17 at 2 pm, no eve show). $27, stu/srs $22. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston. 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Hackerlove by Sky Gilbert (The Cabaret Company). This theatrical fantasy imagines a queer love affair between two characters in the midst of the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal. Previews Apr 30. Opens May 1 and runs to May 11, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $19-$30, Sun pwyc at the door. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Sultans Of The Street by Anusree Roy (Young People’s Theatre). Four children from different social classes are trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Previews Apr 28-30. Opens May 1 and runs to May 15, see website for schedule. $15-$24. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222, youngpeoplestheatre.ca.