Live Shows for $20 or Less
This week is thin on free/cheap comedy, because even comedians and, most importantly, show producers and venue owners, need to eat. Do tip your performers at free shows, by throwing more than just change into the bucket/beer pitcher. You can check out the free panels of She Dot Festival. And you’re still getting a deal on these other shows:
** She Dot Festival.
Toronto’s festival of funny women presents stand-up, sketch, improv, workshops and more. Drop-in Comedy Jam Free, Thursday, April 30 11:45pm at Comedy Bar Cabaret.
Panels Fri, May 1 at 5pm & Sat, May 2 at noon.
Aromas—The Junes Company.
This solo play explores faith and identity through a candid look at professional sex work. Opens Apr 28 and runs to May 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. Studio Theatre. Read our review here: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2015/04/29/review-aromas-junes-company/
Commencement. by Clay McLeod Chapman (Convection Productions). One actor plays three women drawn together in the aftermath of a high school shooting. Opens May 1 and runs to May 10, Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and May 9) at 4 pm. $15-$20. Visit Event Website
Creditors—The Coal Mine Theatre. A vengeful manipulator turns a man against his wife in this dark comedy. Previews Apr 26, opens Apr 28 and runs to May 17, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm. $15-$30. View Event Info here: http://eastendarts.ca/event/creditors-coal-mine-theatre/2015-05-14/ Read our review here: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2015/04/29/review-creditors-coal-mine-theatre/
Cult Wayward. An all-women’s improv show explores life in a women’s cult, with Carolyn Taylor, Lisa Merchant, Christy Bruce, Evany Rosen, Kayla Lorette, Ashley Comeau, Jess Bryson, Alessandra Vite and others. To Apr 30, Thu 9:30 pm. $15, stu $10.Visit Event Website
God and the Indian. by Drew Hayden Taylor (Native Earth Performing Arts/Firehall Arts Centre). A Cree woman panhandling outside a coffee shop recognizes a face from her childhood, in a residential school, and seeks to confront her abuser. Previews from May 2, opens May 6 and runs to May 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$25. In the Aki Studio. http://www.nativeearth.ca/godandtheindian2015/
The Gold One. By Nicola Atkinson and Fiona Sauder (Bad Hats Theatre). Questions of rarity, power and our need to feel valuable arise in a woman’s quest for gold in this solo show. Apr 30-May 3, Thu-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. Visit Event Website
The Land of Promise. by Somerset Maugham (Theatre Double Take/Snowdrop Productions). An English woman moves to Canada and struggles with class, culture and harsher labour in the early 1900s. Opens May 1 and runs to May 9, May 1-2 & 6-8 at 8 pm, May 3 & 9 at 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. Visit Event Website
** Liver by Kat Sandler (The Slab Collective/Theatre Brouhaha Labs/Red One Theatre Collective). A man wakes up on a gurney missing his liver in this dark meditation on life, death, questions of youth and aging and how far we will go to live forever. Opens Apr 30 and runs to May 10, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $20-$25. http://secureaseat.com/
Momentum 2015. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents student dancers performing works by Julia Sasso, Sasha Ivanochko, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Christopher House and others. Opens Apr 30 and runs to May 9, Thu-Sat 8 pm, May 6 show/fundraiser 7:30 pm. $20, stu/srs $15, fundraiser $60. Visit Event Website
Other Side of the Game. Presented by The Piece of Mine Festival (POMF), a new wave of black theatre in Toronto, which platforms captivating work-in-development from emerging to established black playwrights. They present plays that are electric, poetic, personal and political to an audience seeking something fresh and engaging. Sat 2 May 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM $15 http://pieceofminefest.com/upcoming.html
Queer as Fuck Comedy. Weekly Thursday show with LGBTQ+ comedians and hosts Catherine McCormick and Danz Altvater. Apr 30 8 pm. Pwyc. Visit Event Website
Saffron & Gold Comedy. Vandad Kardar hosts a weekly Thursday show with guest comics. 8:30 pm.
Sleeperhold. Unscripted story of the decline of Northern Ontario Wrestling in 1982 w/ RJ Skinner, Gwynne Phillips, Nug Nahrgang, Jess Bryson, Nigel Downer, Scott Goldman and others. Fridays 8 pm, Apr 24 to May 22. $12, stu $10. Visit Event Website
This article was co-written by Lindsay Young and Mike Anderson http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/contributors/
Listings based on NOW! Stage listings.