I love cloudy days in Toronto. Sure, the city’s great when its sunny and you can enjoy being outside. But there’s something to be said for a quiet (or rowdy) day indoors, where you can take a moment and catch up with your thoughts – or catch a good show. This week’s Cheap Theatre features a number of productions that are sure to get you thinking, all for $20 or less. So you can get lost in thought without losing your money.
Airline Icarus by Brian Current and Anton Piatigorsky (Soundstreams/Maniac Star). This modern opera is set aboard a plane and examines the joy and angst of flying. Opens Jun 3 and runs to Jun 8, Tue-Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 pm, Sun 3 pm. $20-$75. Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall, 585 Dundas E. 416-408-0208, soundstreams.ca.
Americandream.ca by Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert (Théâtre La Tangente). Six characters hide their personal tragedies from each other in this multidisciplinary show with English audio translation. Opens Jun 3 and runs to Jun 7, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $20-$35. Glendon Campus Theatre, 2275 Bayview. 416-947-7909, americandream.ca.
The Harrowing by Scott Douglas (Clock Tower Theatre). Brute force meets cunning and intellect as a man tries to resist his torturer in this psychological drama. Opens May 29 and runs to Jun 7, Thu-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$20. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. 647-660-0010, secureaseat.com.
Standing Room Only (The Shoe Project). Stories from South Sudan, Syria, Hungary and around the world are presented in theatrical readings. Jun 3-4 at 7:30 pm. $20-$30 (Wed is a benefit for the Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc). Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm. govier.com/shoe.htm.
Tracy Wright Global Archive by Denise Fujiwara, Jani Lauzon, Nadia Ross and Marcus Youssef (The Theatre Centre). This collective creation is inspired by the artists’ travels and interactions with communities around the world. Opens Jun 4 and runs to Jun 8, see website for schedule. $10, Global Archive Pass $35. 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, theatrecentre.org.