Variety, they say, is the spice of life. But spices are expensive. Saffron? Clove? Sure, they can really add to a meal. But so can ketchup. So in the spirit of ketchup, this week’s Cheap Theatre listing focuses on giving your week a bit of variety and flavour without breaking the bank. Some are specifically variety shows. Others simply use a variety of art forms in their productions. But all of them are $20 or less per ticket. So go give your week some theatrical variety on the cheap!
The Carnegie Hall Show The National Theatre of the World presents the improv variety show w/ Matt Baram, Naomi Snieckus & Chris Gibbs and guests Ashley Comeau, James Gangl and musical guest At Ease. Aug 27 8 pm. $18-$20, stu $10. Drake Hotel, Underground, 1150 Queen W. brownpapertickets.com/event/821893.
Catskills Cabaret (Ashkenaz Festival). Novelty songs, comedy, spoken word, jokes, magic tricks, ventriloquism and more. Aug 30 at 10:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, ashkenazfestival.com.
Good News, Toronto Korri Birch presents a live-news parody show with comics and improvisers. Aug 29 8 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, Cabaret Space, 945 Bloor W. facebook.com/GoodNewsTorontoTheShow.
Judy & Igby’s Summer CAMP Talent Show (Drake Hotel). Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard present an evening of CAMP cabaret. Aug 31, doors 8 pm. $10. Underground, 1150 Queen W.facebook.com/events/259587964240317.
One Voice – Two Worlds (Soulpepper Cabaret Series). Suba Sankaran and her Autorickshaw Trio perform a cabaret about her musical journey as a South Asian Canadian. Aug 30 at 8:30 pm. $20, stu $15. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
Based on NOW! Stage Listings