Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of June 5th, 2017
Queer stories, indie festivals, and Canadian history are just a few of the themes gracing Toronto’s stages this week. We’ve got our editor Samantha on hand to pick out a few shows which caught her attention, listed in red. 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.
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.
And the rest:
Indie 6ix Playwright’s Festival. The Storefront Theatre presents staged readings of new plays by Harmonie Tower, Marcia Johnson, Scott Garland, Kate Werneburg, Ben Hayward and Gord Rand. Jun 5-10, Mon-Sat 8 pm. Pwyc at the door, $10 adv, $30 pass for all shows. At The Storefront Studio. Show Info.
Rope Running Out. lemonTree creations presents the world premiere of a play by Raf Antonio. The ties of love begin to fray for a couple, and the stakes are raised when a drifter from one party’s past appears. Previews May 28 & 30 at 7 pm, opens Jun 1 and runs to Jun 10 Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (plus Jun 9 at 11 pm). $25, preview $15. lemonTree Studio Theatre. Show Info.
The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (Mirvish). An aspiring nun leaves the order to govern the children of an Austrian officer in this musical. Opens Jun 6 and runs to Jun 11, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $29-$129. At Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show Info.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. (Starvox Entertainment/Showstopper Productions). Each night a completely original musical is created on the spot based on audience suggestions in this singing and dancing improvised show. Opens Jun 7 and runs to Jun 25, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (and Jun 22). $25-$79. At Panasonic Theatre. Show Info.
The Lavender Railroad by Lawrence Aronovitch (In-The-Moment Theatre). This play takes place in a world where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. Open Jun 8 and runs to Jun 18, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $25, adv $20. Show Info. At The Box Toronto. Show Info.
Les Miserables Workshop Presentation. Adapted by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour & the company (Theatre Smith-Gilmour). TSG presents its adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, drama about love and change and the beauty of revolution and sacrifice for a better world. Jun 9 to Jun 18, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15 adv, pwyc at the door. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
Confederation Park 1: Confederation and Riel. Soulpepper Theatre and VideoCabaret present a new installment of the history plays series by Michael Hollingsworth. Wilfred Laurier meets the rebel Louis Riel while John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal that leads to fireworks on July 1, 1867. Previews from Jun 9, opens Jun 17 and runs to Aug 19, see website for schedule and tickets. $25-$96. At The Young Centre for Performing Arts. 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.
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.
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.
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.