For a lot of kids (and university/college students), today’s the first day of school! For those of us who are lucky enough to be past the days of homework and required readings, this week’s Cheap Theatre can serve as a different sort of education. This week’s listing includes one show that is a well-known classic, as well as some that explore innovative themes and performance styles. There are also two solo shows, both of which feature talented performers who know a thing or two about keeping an audience entertained. And all of them are available for $20 or less – so go get educated with a little Cheap Theatre!
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (Leroy Street Theatre). A headstrong new bride wreaks havoc on all around her to keep her checkered past secret. Opens Aug 26 and runs to Sep 7, Tue-Sat 8:30 pm, Sun 5 pm. $20. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W. leroystreettheatre.com.
The Misunderstanding by Albert Camus (Lester Trips Theatre). An innkeeper mother and daughter rob and kill their guests in this contemporary butoh-inspired take on Camus’s absurdist tragicomedy. Opens Sep 4 and runs to Sep 13, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $15, stu $10. Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St George. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shed Plays (The Toronto Fringe/Toronto International Film Festival). Micro-plays by Monkeyman Productions, Kanika Ambrose, Morro &Jasp, Faisal Butt and others are presented as part of TIFF’s Festival Street. Opens Sep 5 and runs to Sep 7, Fri-Sun 11 am to 7 pm (see website for exact times). Free. Pop-Up Shed, NE corner of King West and Duncan. fringetoronto.com.
Something To Say by Bruce Dow (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Dow performs a semi-autobiographical solo cabaret. Sep 6-7, Sat-Sun 7:30 pm. $15-$20. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
The Songs of Bryce Kulak (Soulpepper Cabaret Series). Singer-songwriter/pianist Kulak performs. Sep 6 at 8:30 pm. $20, stu $15. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
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