Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of March 10, 2015

Live shows for $25 or less

This Sunday was International Women’s Day and to celebrate that, this week’s selections for theatre on a budget celebrate women overcoming adversity, coming of age, becoming stronger, forging ahead and generally kicking ass and taking names. What better way to celebrate the powerful ladies in your life than by taking them out for a night of theatre created with their own unique brand of Girl Power?

Beneath the Banyan Tree by Emil Sher (Theatre Direct). A young Indian girl copes with moving to Canada in this fusion of theatre, music and dance. Opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 28, see website for schedule. $7-$25.

Bare: A Pop Opera by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon HartmereJr (WolfPAC). High school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school explore identity, sexuality and faith. Mar 12-14, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $15.

Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca (Modern Times Stage Company/Aluna Theatre). A young woman runs away with the son of her family’s enemy. Previews Mar 11-12, opens Mar 13 and runs to Mar 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed and Sun 2 pm. $18-$25, stu/preview $15, Sun pwyc.

Oregano by Rose Napoli (Theatre Rhea). A young woman goes on an extraordinary adventure in order to face the death of her father in this magic-realist play. Previews Mar 11-12, opens Mar 13 and runs to Mar 22, Wed-Sat 8 pm (and Mar 15), mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$23.

The Vagina Monologues Meets The F Word by Jennifer Phillips (360 Productions). Phillips combines excerpts from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues with excerpts from her play, The F Word, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Opens Mar 5 and runs to Mar 15, Mar 5-7 and 14 at 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $16-$26 (proceeds support the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, U of T and Nellie’s Shelter).