Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of March 13th, 2017
It’s going to be a great week on Toronto stages, folks! From classic musicals to family-friendly ice fare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this week! To help you in your decision-making is our assistant editor Jess, highlighting her most anticipated shows in red text. Check them out below the cut:
Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:
Blood Weddings by Federico García Lorca, translation by Langston Hughes (Modern Times Stage Company/Aluna Theatre). A family vendetta blows up when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. Previews Mar 4, opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed & Sun 2:30 pm. $18-$30, previews $15, Sun pwyc. At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Show Info.
The Millennial Malcontent. Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of a new play by Erin Shields An unhappily married couple struggle in this exploration of the social posing, sexual frankness and emotional minefield of the Millennial generation. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 8 and runs to Apr 9. Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
James and the Giant Peach by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Timothy Allen McDonald (Young People’s Theatre). An orphan finds adventures in a magical fruit in this musical based on the Roald Dahl book. Previews from Feb 6, opens Feb 9 and runs to Mar 18, see website for schedule. $10-$41. At Young People’s Theatre. Show Info.
Peace River Country by Maria Milisavljevic (Tarragon). The health, land and way of life of a close-knit rural family becomes increasingly threatened by big corporations and government. Previews from Feb 7, opens Feb 15 and runs to Mar 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
Mary Poppins by Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman and Julian Fellowes (LOT). This musical is based on the PL Travers book and the 1964 film. Opens Feb 10 and runs to Apr 2, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon & 4 pm. $55-$65. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner (The Bird Collective). Loosely adapted from Anton Chekov’s The Seagull, this comedy looks at unrequited love and emotional misery. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 19, see website for schedule. $20-$40. At Pop-Up Toronto Theatre. Show Info.
Proof by David Auburn (Theatre UnBlocked). A young female mathematician wonders if she has inherited her father’s mental instability. Previews Mar 9 at 8 pm. Opens Mar 10 and runs to Mar 19, Fri-Sun 8 pm, mat Mar 12 at 2 pm. $20 adv, $25 at the door; stu/arts worker $15, preview pwyc. At Red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
And the rest:
Love, Sex, and Brahms. Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie presents an expanded version of James Kudelka’s #lovesexbrahms featuring CLC dancers, Evelyn Hart and Sarkis (the puppet) as host. Mar 16-19, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm. $25, stu/srs/arts workers $20. At Betty Oliphant Theatre. Show Info.
Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (JDP Productions). Eva Duarte rises from poverty to become the First Lady of Argentina in this musical. Opens Mar 17 and runs to Mar 26, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $35, stu/srs $29.50. At The Toronto Centre for the Arts. Show Info.
Stupidhead! by Katherine Cullen and Britta Johnson (TPM). Part stand-up, part musical comedy show about how being a human being is embarrassing. Previews from Mar 16, opens Mar 21 and runs to Apr 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (no matinee on Mar 18). $17-$38, mat pwyc at the door. At Theatre Passe Muraille. Show Info.
The Orange Dot by Sean Dixon (Theatrefront). Two city workers deal with boredom and existential dread while waiting to remove a blighted tree in this blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition. Previews Mar 16, opens Mar 17 and runs to Apr 1, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $20-$35. At The Streetcar Crownsnest. Show Info.
A City. Necessary Angel presents a new play by Greg MacArthur, directed by Jennifer Tarver. This living diorama/tableaux vivant looks at four artists/friends who tell the story of a friend who died under mysterious circumstances, and how his death, and his life, transformed them. Previews Mar 14-15, opens Mar 16 and runs to Apr 1, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$40, stu/srs $20-$25. At Artscape Sandbox. Show Info.
Trigonometry by Rob Kempson (timeshare productions). Three disparate people find themselves bound together by desire, destiny and a few scandalous photos in the final play of Kempson’s Graduation Plays trilogy. Opens Mar 16 and runs to Mar 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20, stu $15. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
The Beckett Shorts (Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at U of T). Adam Paolozza directs five of Samuel Beckett’s late short plays: Not I, Act Without Words 2, That Time, Come And Go and A Piece Of Monologue. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 18, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $20, stu/arts workers $10. At Helen Gardiner Phalen Playhouse. Show Info.
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart. Feld Entertainment presents a family-oriented theatrical ice skating show featuring Disney characters. Opens Mar 15 and runs to Mar 19, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sun 11 am-3 pm. $28-$100. At The Rogers Centre. Show Info.
Mrs. Henderson Presents by Terry Johnson and Don Black (Mirvish). An eccentric UK socialite invests in and transforms London’s Windmill Theatre in 1937 in this biographical musical based on the 2005 screenplay by Martin Sherman. Opens Mar 15 and runs to Apr 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mats Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$139. At Royal Alexandra Theatre. Show Info.
Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (Wolf Manor Theatre). Three women struggle with boredom in a provincial Russian garrison town in this family drama reimagined in a gender-fluid landscape. Opens Mar 15 and runs to Mar 26, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $12-$25. At Kensington Hall. Show Info.
From The Works Of Sheila Watson: Journals, Paris 1955. (Bill Kischuck/the John M Kelly Library). This dramatic presentation of excerpts from the journals of the Canadian writer focuses on her experience in France from 1955 to 1956. Performed by Bill Kischuck, Mary Kischuck and Liam Kischuck. Mar 14 at 4:30 pm. Free. At Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, Room 400. Show Info.
Cage. Soulpepper presents a theatrical work by Diego Matamoros, Lorenzo Savoini and Richard Feren. Ideas of Zen Buddhism and composer John Cage inspire this meditation on time, space, memory and the human animal. Previews form Mar 11, opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 25, see website for schedule. $32-$96. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
Hard Core Logo. BFL Theatre presents a play/punk rock concert adapted by Michael Scholar Jr., based on the book by Michael Turner and the 1996 film by Noel S. Baker and Bruce McDonald. New songs written by Joe “Shithead” Kiethley and Michael Turner. Buried conflicts resurface when a defunct Vancouver punk band reunite for one last tour across Canada. Opens Mar 9 and runs to Mar 26, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm (and Sun Mar 19 & 26). $35. At The Dance Cave. Show Info.
Tartuffe by Molière (Scarborough Theatre Guild). A conman feigns piety to get close to a man’s wife in this comedy. Opens Mar 10 and runs to Mar 25, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm (Mar 25 at 2 pm, no eve show). $22. At Scarborough Village Theatre. Show Info.
New Ideas Festival 2017. Alumnae Theatre presents a juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 26, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15, free staged readings Sat at noon. At Alumnae Theatre. Show Info.
The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone (Mirvish). Two naive missionaries go to a volatile region in Uganda in this religious satire musical. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Apr 16, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 1:30 pm. $49-$139. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
Sousatzka by Craig Lucas, Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, based on the novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens (Teatro Proscenium/Garth Drabinsky). A young musical prodigy is torn between his mother – a political refugee from South Africa – and his eccentric piano teacher in this musical drama that crosses racial and cultural divides. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 23 and runs to. Apr 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $60-$175. At Elgin Theatre. Show Info.
Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley (Precisely Peter Productions). This comedy about a young couple desperate to own their own home looks at the perils of getting on the property ladder and consumerism gone mad. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 2 and runs to Mar 19, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm. $35, previews $25. At Dirty Talk. Show Info.
The Bodyguard by Alexander Dinelaris, music by Whitney Houston (Mirvish). A former secret service agent fall for the pop star he’s hired to protect in this musical based on the 1992 film that starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Opens Feb 11 and runs to Apr 9, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$139. At Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.