Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of May 29th, 2017
On Toronto stages this week are tales of dinner with evil historical figures (which may or may not shed some light on our current political landscape), the coming together of young and old and queer, true stories, musical improvisation, and more. Check them out below the cut:
Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:
Strictly Ballroom The Musical by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pierce (Mirvish). A dancer defies all the rules and follows his heart to find his true calling and true love. Opens Apr 26 and runs to Jun 25, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $31.25-$139. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
Onegin by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille (The Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre). High-energy indie rock adaptation of Pushkin’s poem and Tchaikovsky’s opera. Previews from May 13, opens May 17 and runs to Jun 4, Wed-Thu & Sat 8 pm (and some Tue), Fri & Sun 7 pm, mat Wed & Sun 1 pm. $35-$59. At The Berkeley Street Theatre. Show Info.
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (Koffler Centre of the Arts). After the death of their grandfather, three twentysomething cousins gather in a tiny Manhattan apartment and fight over a precious family heirloom. Previews May 25, opens May 26 and runs to Jun 4, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25-$30. Small World Music Centre. Show Info.
And the rest:
The Youth/Elders Project. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The 519 and the Senior Pride Network present young and old artists brought together to create a space where identities, histories and queer perspectives become performance. The intergenerational ensemble brings a year’s worth of sharing and exploration to the Buddies stage. Previews May 31, opens Jun 1 and runs to Jun 4, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$39, Sun pwyc. At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Show Info.
InspiraTO 10-Minute Play Festival. Theatre InspiraTO presents short plays by more than 100 local and international creators. This year’s theme is: Grow Up. Six plays per one-hour show. Opens June 1 and runs to June 10, Mon-Thu 7-10 pm, Fri 8-11 pm, Sat 2-9 pm. $22, festival pass $70. See website for schedule and more info on the plays and performers. At Alumnae Theatre. Show Info.
Dinner with Goebbels by Mark Leith (Estelle Craig Act II Studio/50+ Festival). This satire imagines a gathering consisting of public relations pioneer Edward Bernays, Bush administration PR mastermind Karl Rove and Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Opens May 31 and runs to Jun 2, Wed-Thu 7:30 pm, mat Wed 3:30 pm, Thu-Fri 2 pm. $22-$25. At Daniels Spectrum. Show Info.
Brigadoon. by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (The Civic Light-Opera Co). A Scottish town disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every hundred years in this musical. Opens May 31 and runs to Jun 11, Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Jun 4, 10-11 at 2 pm. $28. At Zion Cultural Centre. Show Info.
Toronto Festival of Clowns. Clown, puppetry and physical theatre performances featuring Chloe Payne (Fake Nerd Girl), Yury Ruzhyev (No Elephant Show), Michael Trautman (King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo), Clown Invasion Cabaret, Morro & Jasp (Opening Night Preview Cabaret), Lunacy Cabaret & others.May 31-Jun 4, Wed-Fri from 6:45-9:30 pm, Sat 2-9:30 pm, Sun 2-6:30 pm. $16.50-$21.50. See website for show details and schedule. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
MILF Life Crisis. Anne Marie Scheffler performs her comedic solo play about mid-life dating after divorce. Opens May 30 and runs to Jun 10, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $25. At The red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
True Stories Toronto. Storytellers Ted Morris, Justyna Szarek, Talib Hussain, AHI (musician) and Paul Hutcheson tell real, personal stories in less than 10 minutes. May 30 at 7:30 pm (doors 6:45 pm). Free. At The Garrison. Show Info.
SODA Process Theatre. Christy Bruce, Oliver Georgiou, Ted Hallett, Lara Johnson and guests create a brand new full-length play before your eyes. May 29 at 8:30 pm. Pwyc. At The Social Capital Theatre. Show Info.
Confidential Music Theatre Project. Marion Abbott Productions presents brave actors performing a musical in its entirety, having met just one hour earlier with no rehearsals; the audience shows up not knowing what they will see. May 29 at 7:30 pm. $30, adv $25. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Office Hours by Norm Foster (East Side Players). This play intertwines the lives of the employees of six different offices on a Friday afternoon. Opens May 26 and runs to Jun 10, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $24, stu $17. At The Papermill Theatre. Show Info.
Porgy & Bess In Concert. Soulpepper Theatre Concert Series presents the songs of the Gershwin opera brought to life in a concert featuring jazz, blues and gospel singers Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater, Thom Allison, Troy Adams and others. Opens May 27 and runs to Jun 3: May 27, 30, Jun 1-2 at 7:30 pm; mat May 27 & Jun 3 at 1:30 pm. $25-$69, artsworker & StagePlay (Under 30) $20. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
Jazz Singer by Samson Raphaelson, music adapted by Michael Ross Albert (Harold Green Jewish Theatre/Dancap Productions). Against his father’s wishes, the son of a Jewish cantor longs to be a jazz performer in this musical adaptation of the 1925 play. Previews from May 23, opens May 29 and runs to Jun 18, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sun 2 pm. $45-$80. At The Toronto Centre for the Arts. Show Info.
Pirate Life Children’s Theatre. Kids can dress in costume, get face paint tattoos and help discover the mystery of the treasure map in this interactive theatrical show/boat cruise. Opens May 6 and runs to Oct 8, Sat-Sun until Jun 25, daily Jun 26-Sep 4, weekends to Oct 9. Various times from 10:30 am-5 pm. $25. At Island Rogue. Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.