What would theatre be without a little tension? This week’s Cheap Theatre is all about different kinds of tension – between family members, between individuals and society, and between the natural and the supernatural. But you don’t have to tense up about the seat price – it’ll be $25 or less to see any of the shows on the list below. So leave any tension to the stage, and go watch some Cheap Theatre!
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.
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.
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.
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.