Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of November 21st.
This week’s selections truly run the gamut! From a Game of Thrones inspired burlesque, to foul-mouthed French woodswomen, to Korean and Chinese “comfort women” during WWII, to the teen angst of the Snoopy crew. Thankfully — as always — we have an editor on hand to gently suggest a few shows that caught their eye. Our Managing Editor Wayne is here to pick out a few that caught his eye in red text? Check them out below the cut:
Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:
Beaver by Claudia Dey (Storefront Theatre). A woman learns to grow beyond her circumscribed world in this female hero myth set in Northern Ontario. Opens Nov 11 and runs to Nov 27, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25, Wed PWYC. At The Storefront Theatre. Show Info.
Acquiesce by David Yee (Factory Theatre/fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre). A young man goes to Hong Kong for the first time to bury the father he barely knew. Previews from Oct 29, opens Nov 3 and runs to Nov 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25-$55, previews $2-$15. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
Cuisine & Confessions. (The 7 Fingers/Mirvish) Acrobatic choreography, music, food and the personal stories that come with family meals and secret snacks. Nov 1-Dec 4. Opens Nov 1 and runs to Dec 4, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $21-$99. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
The Circle by Geoffrey Simon Brown (Tarragon). A high school party features a drug dealer, a runaway, a kid with ADHD, and the son of a priest. Oct 18-Nov 27. Previews from Oct 18, opens Oct 26 and runs to Nov 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm (see website for other matinee dates and times). $22-$65. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
Constellations by Nick Payne (Canadian Stage/Centaur Theatre). A man and woman’s chance encounter sets off a chain of events in which each choice shapes an entirely different future. Previews from Nov 8, opens Nov 10 and runs to Nov 27, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1 pm. $39-$99. At Bluma Appel Theatre. Show Info.
Chasse Galerie. Book adapted by Tyrone Savage, music & lyrics by James Smith (Storefront Theatre/ Soulpepper/ Kabin). Four woodsmen stuck in a Quebec forest on New Year’s Eve make a deal with the devil in this French-Canadian folk tale. Opens Nov 11 and runs to Nov 26, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed & Sat 2 pm. $25-$50, rush from $5. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena (Cahoots Theatre/Factory). This drama displays the devastating physical and psychological effects of the Sri Lankan civil war on a Tamil family. Previews from Nov 5, opens Nov 10 and runs to Nov 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25-$55, previews $2-$15. Studio Theatre. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
It’s (Kind Of) A Love Story by Naomi Peltz (Tree of Life Theatre Company). Two friends consider the possible risks and rewards of crossing the line between friendship and romance. Opens Nov 16 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. At The Commons. Show Info.
The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno (Tarragon). This play about neighbouring couples with the same last name explores the extraordinary heroism of the everyday. Previews from Nov 9, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 18, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm (see website for other matinee dates and times). $22-$65. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
And the rest:
Game Of Thrones Burlesque V: A Girl Has No Shame. Scarlett LaFlamme presents a GOT-inspired burlesque show starring LaFlamme, Betsy Swoon, El Toro, Poisonne, Dante Legend, Tanya Cheex and others. Nov 26 at 7 pm. $25, adv $20. At Revival. Show Info.
Sleeping Beauty: The Deliriously Dreamy Family Musical by Jeremy Diamond (Ross Petty Productions). Family-friendly fractured fairy tale set in Toronto. Previews from Nov 25, opens Dec 1 and runs to Jan 7, see website for times. $27-$99. At Elgin Theatre. Show Info.
Comfort by Diana Tso (Red Snow Collective). A young woman and a man find friendship in their shared love of opera while enduring sexual slavery in WWII Shanghai. Previews Nov 25, opens Nov 26 and runs to Dec 10. Tue Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $15-$28, Tue PWYC. At Daniels Spectrum. Show Info.
My Child By Mike Bartlett (Haus of Casati). A relationship unravels at the seams and a child must navigate the swampy remains of his family. Opens Nov 22 and runs to Nov 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$20 at picatic.com/
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (Thought For Food Productions). The classic play is performed by an all-female cast. Previews Nov 23, opens Nov 24 and runs to Dec 4, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm. $25, stu $20, preview $15. At the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
Paradise Comics by Caitie Graham (Filament Incubator). A man leaves and his wife and her teenage daughter deal with cleaning out his clutter in this play on how families grieve. Previews Nov 22, opens Nov 23 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $15-$18, preview $10. At Kensington Hall. Show Info.
Still/Falling by Rachel Aberle (YPT). Realistic, honest and comedic look at the difference between teen angst and mental illness. Opens Nov 22 and runs to Dec 9, see website for times. $10-$34. At Young People’s Theatre. Show Info.
Dog Sees God by Bert V Royal (Echo Productions). This dark comedy features Charles Schultz’ classic Peanutsgang as adolescents dealing with self-doubt, bullying, sexual identity and friendship. Opens Nov 17 and runs to Nov 26: Nov 17, 20, 24 & 26 at 8 pm; Nov 18-19 & 25 at 9:30 pm; Nov 23 at 7 pm. $20. At The John Candy Box Theatre. Show Info.
The Damage Done by George F Walker (Canadian Rep Theatre). This drama explores a messy love affair and a couple’s mid-life crises. Previews from Nov 19, opens Nov 22 and runs to Dec 11, Tue-Sat 8:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $26-$32, stu/srs from $21, preview $16, Sun pwyc at the door. At The Citadel. Show Info.
Black Boys (Saga Collectif/BIBT). Through dance, poetry, scripted scenes and conversation Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah M’Carthy and Thomas Olajide explore how Black male bodies encounter the world and one another. Previews from Nov 19, opens Nov 24 and runs to Dec 11, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25-$39, Sun pwyc at the door. At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Show Info.
TomorrowLove by Rosamund Small (Outside the March). Series of simultaneously unfolding duets in which technology grants physical transformation, time and space travel, immortality and more – all in the name of love. Previews Nov 19-20, opens Nov 22 and runs to Dec 4, see website for schedule. $30-$40. At The Aorta. Show Info.
Les Zinspirés: Cinq Sur Cinq. (Théâtre Français de Toronto). Works written by five teens, workshopped by experienced playwrights and performed by professional actors. Nov 17-26, public performances Nov 18 & 23 at 8 pm, Nov 26 at 3:30 pm, see website for school/other showtimes. $26, under 30/artists $19, Wed pwyc (cash only), Sat rush $20. At Berkeley Street Theatre. Show Info.
Come From Away by Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Mirvish). Newfoundlanders open their homes to stranded passengers following the Sep 11 terrorist attacks. Nov 15-Jan 8. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Jan 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$150. At the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Show Info.
Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (YPT). This all-ages musical is based on the classic books of Dr. Seuss. Opens Nov 14 and runs to Dec 30, see website for schedule. $10-$41. At Young People’s Theatre. Show Info.
Fireworks Festival. Three full-length plays are presented along with playwright talks and roundtables. The Creases In My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar; Inked Heart by DJ Sylvis; and Motherland by Kristine Greenaway. Opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 27, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15. At Alumnae Theatre. Show Info.
Menopause Out Loud! Shaggypup Productions presents the 10th anniversary reunion staging of the play by Jeanie Linders, featuring the original cast. Four women who don’t know each other meet in a department store and talk about hot flashes, mood swings, sex, chocolate and more. Opens Nov 11 and runs to Nov 24, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed & Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39.95-$57.70. At Al Greene Theatre. Show Info.
A Party To Murder by Douglas E. Hughes & Marcia Kash (Bloor West Village Players). A murder-mystery game on a private island takes on an ominous reality in this mystery. Nov 4 and runs to Nov 26, see website for schedule. $24, under 30/srs $20. At the Village Playhouse. Show Info.
Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman (Sara Schwartz Geller Productions). Davidman’s solo show follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through scenes set in America, Israel and Palestine. Nov 23-27, Wed-Thu & Sat-Sun 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sun 1 pm. $36-$48. At Berkeley Street Theatre. Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.