Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of November 28th
This week we have a vast array of shows that caught our eyes, from re-visited classics, to cheeky puppets, and even a foodie cirque troupe! As always — we have an editor on hand to gently suggest a few shows that caught their eye. This week our assistant editor Jess is here to pick out a few that caught her eye in red text? Check them out below the cut:
Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:
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.
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.
The Angry Brigade by James Graham (Elevated State Theatre Company). Young anarchists mobilize to shake the foundations of a class-divided Britain in London 1970. A police task force is assembled to hunt them down and bring them to justice. Opens Nov 24 and runs to Dec 4, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm (and Nov 27) mat Sun 2 pm (and Nov 26). $15-$25. At Theatre Passe Muraille. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the rest:
A Christmas Carol. A dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens holiday classic. 2:30 pm. $25, child under 12, $10. All proceeds support the Church of the Redeemer’s drop-in meal program. At The Church of the Redeemer. Show Info.
Shelf Life by Luciano Iogna (Mixed Company Theatre). This play explores the intergenerational gap and the concerns of residents of the city’s Weston/Mount Dennis neighbourhood. Opens Nov 30 and runs to Dec 4, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $15-$25. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty (LOT). A college grad moves to NYC and copes with grown-up problems in this adult musical puppet play. Opens Dec 1 and runs to Jan 29, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3:30 pm (no shows Dec 24-25, 31, Jan 1). $50-$60. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
A Better Place by Ramona Baillie (Lily Rose Productions). A widow with a vibrant life is shaken by a life-altering diagnosis. Opens Nov 30 and runs to Dec 11, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$25. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Civic Light-Opera Co). This musical reinvents the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. Opens Nov 30 and runs to Dec 11, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm (and Dec 10). $28. At Zion Cultural Centre. Show Info.
Who Killed Spalding Gray? By Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks (reWork/Canadian Stage). MacIvor channels the American monologist in this solo show about truth and lies and the four most important things in life. Previews Nov 30, opens Dec 1 and runs to Dec 11, Tue-Thu and Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mats Dec 7 and 11 at 1 pm. $39-$69. At Berkeley Street Theatre. Show Info.
Sister Act by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (LOT). A wannabe diva hides out in a convent after witnessing a crime. Opens Dec 1 and runs to Jan 29, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 3:30 pm (no shows Dec 24-25, 31, Jan 1). $60-$70. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Treasure Island. Adapted by Ken Ludwig (Ryerson School of Performance). The classic adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson tells of piracy on the high seas. Opens Nov 29 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat 1 pm. $20, stu/srs $15. At Ryerson Theatre. Show Info.
The Man In Black. Shawn Barker performs his theatrical tribute to Johnny Cash. Opens Nov 29 and runs to Dec 11, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $39-$79. At The Panasonic Theatre. 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.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.