Looking to see some theatre this week? Look no further! Here are our theatre listings for the week of September 8th, 2o14. Anything highlighted in red and preceded by two asterisks comes recommended by our Managing Editor, Megan.
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Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows (Scarborough Theatre Guild). A philandering dentist falls for his assistant in this comedy. Opens Sep 4 and runs to Sep 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sep 14 and 20 at 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $17. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston. 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Soulpepper Theatre). A community is thrown into chaos by accusations of witchcraft in 1692 Massachusetts. Previews Aug 30-Sep 4. Opens Sep 6 and runs to Sep 20, see website for schedule. $29-$74, rush $5-$23. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Glenn by David Young (Soulpepper Theatre). Two versions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations frame this look at iconic Canadian artist Glenn Gould. Previews Aug 26-Sep 1. Opens Sep 2 and runs to Oct 1, see website for schedule. $29-$74, rush $5-$23. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Hair: The Musical by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot (Lower Ossington Theatre). Hippie youth of the 60s explore free love and flower power in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Opens Aug 28 and runs to Sep 20, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3:30 pm. $39-$70. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
**Hedwig And The Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell (Lower Ossington Theatre). An East German transgender rocker moves to America to start a band and find love. Opens Sep 11 and runs to Sep 27, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $50. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com
KURIOS – Cabinet Of Curiosities by Michel Laprise (Cirque du Soleil). The Seeker looks to his curio cabinet to give him access to a secret, invisible world in this show featuring acrobatics, music, dance and design. Opens Aug 28 and runs to Oct 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, mat Sat 4:30 pm, Sun 1:30 pm. $60-$160, stu/srs/child from $50. Grand Chapiteau Tent, Port Lands, Commissioners at Cherry. cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.
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. email@example.com.
Spamalot by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes (Lower Ossington Theatre). The Monty Python-based musical retells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Opens Jun 19 and runs to Sep 21, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $49-$59. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
Tartuffe by Molière (Soulpepper Theatre). A crafty vagrant feigns virtue while trying to seduce his host’s wife and gain an inheritance. Previews Aug 7-11. Opens Aug 12 and runs to Sep 20, see website for schedule. $29-$74, rush $5-$23. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
A Tender Thing by Ben Power (Soulpepper Theatre). An elderly Romeo and Juliet reminisce on their lives together in this re-working of Shakespeare’s text. Previews Aug 14-18. Opens Aug 19 and runs to Oct 1, see website for schedule. $29-$74, rush $5-$23. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.
True by Rosa Laborde (Criminal Theatre/Aluna Theatre). Three sisters are hurled back in time with the unexpected arrival of their estranged father in this play about the nature of memory. Opens Sep 3 and runs to Sep 13, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $24. Citizenry, 982 Queen W. criminaltheatre.com.
Wicked by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman (Mirvish). The hit musical about the backstory of The Wizard Of Oz returns. Previews Sep 3. Opens Sep 4 and runs to Nov 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm. $36-$139. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
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**Belle’s Boudoir: Case Of The Ex (A Platinum Production). This burlesque cabaret features Johnny B. Goode, Kensie Vicious, Dainty Box, Belle Jumelles and others. Sep 13 at 7 and 9:30 pm. $15-$20. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567, brownpapertickets.com/event/821380.
Comedy Music Mayhem Kelly Dwyer presents parody music, novelty songs and more w/ Killy Dwyer, Paul Hutcheson, Mark Shyzer, Chelsea Manders, BTM, George Westerholm, Copy Red Leader and others. Opens Sep 8 9 pm. Pwyc.Cameron House, 408 Queen W. facebook.com/events/1495985637284935.
Freda And Jem’s Best Of The Week by Lois Fine (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). This play about a lesbian couple and their kids looks at how queer culture approaches family-making and -breaking. Previews Sep 13-17. Opens Sep 18 and runs to Oct 5, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Pwyc-$37. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Illustrious (Jacqueline Hyde/Red Herring). Hyde performs a solo show using elements of burlesque, dance, pole, aerial and film. Opening acts by Red Herring, Bianca Boom Boom and Chastity Svelte. Sep 13-14, Sat-Sun 8 pm. $15. Revival, 783 College. jacquelinehyde.com.
International Night Of Comedy Music Kelly Dwyer presents novelty and comedy folk and rock songs w/ Killy Dwyer, Jessica Delfino, Chelsea Manders, Debs & Errol, Paul Hutcheson, Bad Teenage Moustache and others. Opens Sep 10 9 pm. Pwyc. Free Times Cafe, 320 College. 416-967-1078, freetimescafe.com.
A Man Of Two Minds/Lost Refuge by Blair Mueller (Bony Fiddle Theatre Group). A man discovers his sexuality while living with his semi-psychotic mother, and a father and daughter try to escape the undead in this double bill. Sep 11-13, Thu 6 pm, Fri 8 pm, Sat 2:30 and 7:30 pm. $25-$40. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. bonyfiddlelive.com.
Marguerite Duras: Le Shaga/Savannah Bay (Spiel Players/Triangle Pi Productions). A fading celebrity rediscovers an old acquaintance and three people engage in a power struggle in this double bill. Sep 11-14, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3 pm. $15. Sidemart Theatrical Grocery, 1362 Queen E. brownpapertickets.com/event/827689.
**Monday Nights by Byron Abalos, Colin Doyle, Darrel Gamotin, Richard Lee and Jeff Yung (Theatre Centre/6th Man Collective). Five guys meet up at a basketball court every week in this immersive and interactive theatrical performance. Previews Sep 5-6 at 7:30 pm. Opens Sep 8 and runs to Sep 20, Thu-Sat and Mon 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $30, stu/srs $25, Sun pwyc. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W. 416-538-0988, theatrecentre.org.
The Muted Note Susanna Hood presents a stage work that fuses the poetry of PK Page with music and dance. Sep 5-7, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20. The Citadel, 304 Parliament. 416-364-8011, colemanlemieux.com/citadel.
**New Groundswell Festival (Nightwood Theatre). The festival of new works by women features workshop productions by Nicole Brooks and Susanna Fournier, play readings, talks and more. Opens Sep 8 and runs to Sep 14, see website for schedule. Plays $22.60, other events pwyc. Nightwood Studio, (and at Dancemakers, suite 313), 9 Trinity, suite 315. 416-944-1740, nightwoodtheatre.net.
**Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks (Nightwood Theatre/Culchahworks Arts Collective). The story of the Salem witch trials is told from the perspective of enslaved African women in this workshop production. Part of the New Groundswell Festival. Sep 11-14, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $22.60. Dancemakers Centre for Creation, studio 313, 9 Trinity. 416-944-1740, nightwoodtheatre.net.
The One More Night Festival (The Box Toronto). Remounts of popular productions like Triple ByPass’s Savage In Limbo, sketch by Death Ray Cabaret, Beer in a Glass’s Slut and others. Sep 11-14, see website for times. $10. 89 Niagara. theboxtoronto.com/festival.html.
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Out of Joint/Mirvish). A lieutenant stages a play with a cast of convicts and marines on Britain’s new penal colony in 1789 Australia. Previews Sep 13-20. Opens Sep 21 and runs to Oct 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $25-$99. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
Richard III, The Pleasures Of Violence based on text by William Shakespeare (Kadozuke Kollektif/Bad New Days). Performance and film are combined to explore the passion, violence and disaster that surrounds the three York brothers, Edward, Clarence and Richard. Previews Sep 9. Opens Sep 11 and runs to Sep 28, Thu-Sun 7:30 pm. $35. Zuke Studio, 1581 Dupont. zuke.ca.
Seussical The Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lower Ossington Theatre). This all-ages musical is based on the classic books of Dr. Seuss. Opens Aug 30 and runs to Sep 14, Sat-Sun 11 am and 1 pm. $30-$60. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
Touch My Stereotype: Do You Believe In Goats? TMS presents a new sketch revue set in the woods, where people tell stories about the paranormal. Opens Sep 10 and runs to Sep 13, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $12-$15. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin. touchmystereotype.com.
Twist & Shout (Famous People Players). Memories of Dick Clark, juke boxes, drive-in movies and early rock ‘n’ roll are part of this all-ages black-light theatre show. Opens Aug 25 and runs to Oct 25, see website for schedule. $40-$65. 343 Evans. 416-532-1137, fpp.org.
Ubu Mayor: A Harmful Bit Of Fun by Adam Seelig (One Little Goat Theatre Company). This play with music combines Alfred Jarry’s dadaist play Ubu Roi with the scandals of Toronto’s current mayor. Opens Sep 12 and runs to Sep 21, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $20. Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie. 416-915-0201, onelittlegoat.org.
With Individual Desire by Susanna Fournier (Lady Parts Theatre). American poet Edna St Vincent Millay leaves Paris with a secret in this play about the complexities between a mother and daughter. Part of the New Groundswell Festival. Opens Sep 10 and runs to Sep 14, Wed-Thu and Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $22.60. Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity, suite 315. 416-944-1740, nightwoodtheatre.net.
Play listings based on NOW! Stage Listings