WorldPride has come to Toronto! But it’s more than just a parade – the city will be filled with events celebrating our queer communities, including conferences, parties, and, of course… shows! Here’s a listing of the shows taking place in the city as part of this year’s festivities. From all of us here at Mooney on Theatre, Happy Pride!
A Chorus Queen (Time of the Month Drag Productions). This musical depicts the lives of three drag queens as they try to achieve their dreams. Opens Jun 19 and runs to Jun 28, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Jun 21 and 25 at 2 pm. $45-$49 (proceeds to the Toronto People With AIDS Fdn). Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849, uofttix.ca/acq.
Confessions Of A Fairy’s Daughter by Alison Wearing (Giant Productions). Wearing performs her musical monologue about growing up with a gay dad in the 1980s. Opens Jun 25 and runs to Jun 28, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $28. George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire. fairysdaughter.com.
From The Horse’s Mouth Celebrates World Pride by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunnigham (Queer Pride 2014). See 25 local performers share humorous and personal stories in a dance/theatre show. Jun 19-20 at 8 pm. $25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Gavin Crawford And Sharron Matthews Are Vicious Bitches (Queer Pride 2014). The monologue king and the cabaret queen lovingly lampoon all things gay. Jun 26 at 8 pm. $25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
In Love And Chaos: Raw, Resilient And Forever Redefining (Queer Pride 2014). This curated performance showcase features indigenous two-spirit, black and people of colour queer/trans artists. Jun 25 at 10:30 pm. $10-$15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Just Me, You And The Silence by ADONG Lucy Judith (IFT Theatre/Obsidian/WorldPride Toronto/Queer Pride 2014). Reading of a play that looks at the anti-gay laws that have divided Uganda, followed by a panel discussion. Jun 22 at 7 pm. $10 adv, pwyc at the door (proceeds to Freedom and Roam Uganda). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
MSM [men seeking men] by Indrit Kasapi (lemonTree creations/Spiderbones Performing Arts). This dance/theatre piece is inspired by transcripts of web chats and electronic music and looks at the online male persona. Previews Jun 23. Opens Jun 24 and runs to Jun 29, Mon-Tue 9:30 pm, Wed-Sun 7:30 and 9:30 pm. $20, preview $10. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester. msmtoronto.bpt.me.
The B-Girlz: Pride Nation! (Queer Pride 2014). The drag troupe sings and dances in this disco-cabaret tribute to gay life. Jun 21 at 8 pm. $25-$28. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
The Bizarre Ball At Buddies: Rainbow Warriors (Queer Pride 2014). This Pride ball features vogueing performers the House of Nuance. Jun 20 at 10:30 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
The Lady Hamlet by Sarah Schulman (WorldPride Toronto/Queer Pride 2014). Reading of the play about two women competing for the role of Hamlet in 1920s NYC. Jun 25 at 8 pm. Pwyc (proceeds to Wychwood Open Door). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Rise (Pole Club/Queer Pride 2014). Sasha Van Bon Bon hosts a night of art, dance, strip tease and aerial acrobatics with Axel Blows, Femmes du Feu, Nari and others. Jun 21 at 8:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Truth/Dare: A Satire by Salvatore Antonio and Adamo Ruggiero (Toronto Arts Council/WorldPride). This song-and-dance recreation of the Madonna backstage doc features creators Antonio and Ruggiero plus Keith Cole, Damien Atkins, Nick Green and others. Opens Jun 25 and runs to Jun 29, Wed-Sun 9 pm. $20-$25. The Citadel, 304 Parliament. ticketwise.ca.
Viva Cabaret – A Tribute To The Greatest Divas (Yury Ruzhyev). Ruzhyev performs satirical drag parodies of gay icons. Jun 25-26, Wed-Thu 8 pm. $20-$25. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. ticketfly.com/event/543049.
When The Sun Comes Out by Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose (Queer Innovative Theatre). A married woman and a gender outlaw have an affair in a country where gay love is punishable by death in this lesbian opera. Jun 26-27, Thu-Fri 8 pm. $15-$35. Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity, suite 316. wtscotheopera.bpt.me.
*Play listings based on NOW stage listings.