Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of November 13th, 2017
Lavishly large musical numbers and fun, experimental indie shows are in abundance this week on Toronto stages. Our editor Samantha is here to choose her most anticipated shows are highlighted (in red). Check them out below the cut:
Already reviewed by Mooney on theatre:
Bat out of Hell The Musical. Mirvish presents the rock ‘n’ roll musical by Jim Steinman (producers: David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox and Tony Smith). A young rebel falls in love with the daughter of a powerful man in a post-apocalyptic world in this rock ‘n’ roll musical. Previews from Oct 14, opens Oct 25 and runs to Dec 24, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $29-$139. At Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show Info.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon (The National Theatre/Mirvish). A 15-year old math genius on the autism spectrum comes under suspicion for the killing of his neighbour’s dog. Previews from Oct 10, opens Oct 15 and runs to Nov 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$149. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
Grimly Handsome by Julia Jarcho (Theatre Animal). This triptych of urban stories features two unusual Christmas tree salesmen, two cops following a serial killer and a vacant lot that transforms people in ways they never thought possible. Opens Nov 3 and runs to Nov 19, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 12), matinees Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $25, stu/arts workers $20. At The Assembly Theatre. Show Info.
And everything else:
Poison by Lot Vekemans (Coal Mine Theatre). A couple meet for the first time in years following a harrowing breakup. Old wounds re-open, new truths surface and the real reason behind their separation is revealed. Previews from Nov 12, opens Nov 15 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $42.50, preview/rush $25. At The Coal Mine Theatre. Show Info.
The Songs of Those Who Healed. RH Thompson recounts the words of WWI nurses, doctors, mothers and wives through dramatic readings and song. Nov 13 at 7 pm. Free. RSVP. At The Toronto Reference Library. Show Info.
Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar (Mirvish/the Hope and Hell Theatre Co). Despite liberal and progressive leanings, everyone at a multicultural NYC dinner party reveals their “tribal” roots. Previews from Nov 11, opens Nov 14 and runs to Nov 26 Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm, Nov 15 at 1:30 pm. $39-$92. At The Panasonic Theatre. Show Info.
Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson (Fly on the Wall Theatre). An unexpected visit from his estranged daughter on Christmas Eve morning forces an undertaker to confront his past. Previews Nov 14, opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$25, preview $15. At Artscape Youngplace. Show Info.
Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Native Earth Performing Arts presents the 30th year of the annual festival of Indigenous work. Featuring works-in-development and presentations in dance, theatre and interdisciplinary styles. Programming includes a workshop preview of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Weaving Reconciliation, Bury by Alanis King, reading of The Weekend by Henrietta Baird, dance work Echoes by Olivia Shortt and more. Nov 15-25, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm (except Nov 24 at 8 pm) see website for schedule details. $15, festival pass $60. At Daniels Spectrum. Show Info.
4 Dates. Red Sandcastle Theatre presents four short plays by RST’s artistic director Rosemary Doyle, performed by Conor Ling and Emma Marnie Butler. Nov 15-18, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $15-$20. At Red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
5 Guys Chillin’ by Peter Darney (Theatre Topikós). Using real words found on Grindr, this play looks at the dark and often dangerous subculture of gay men who engage in risky sexual behaviour while under the influence of recreational drugs (PnP/Party ‘n’ Play/chemsex). Previews Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Nov 25, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $20 on eventbrite.ca. At Kensington Hall. Show Info.
IMP. Filament Incubator and Epigraph Collective presents a play by Curtis the Brinke. Six years ago a coven of teenage witches unwittingly unleashed a violent force on their small town. With the body count piling up, these now grown-up witches return home to fix their mistake. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $15-$20. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
Re:Lewis by Kenneth Collins (Trinity College Dramatic Society). After being assaulted at a drug-fuelled poker party, a young man ponders his isolated childhood and the delicate balance between love and hatred. Nov 16-18, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $15, stu/srs $10. At Hart House. Show Info.
Outside by Paul Dunn (Roseneath Theatre/Buddies in Bad Times). A group of students trace back the roots of trauma after an act of homophobic violence tears a school community apart. Nov 17-18 at 7 pm. $25, youth $10. Show Info.
Cake by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (New Harlem Productions/Theatre Passe Muraille). This play takes a stark and poetic look at the things we use, how we are used and what happens when we’re all used up. Previews from Nov 17, opens on Nov 21 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$33 (weekend mats pwyc at the door; $22.50 in advance). At Theatre Passe Muraille. Show Info.
Post National. Presented by Theatre @ York with Volcano Theatre. This two-part collective creation explores Canadian identity and citizenship in an increasingly populist world. Previews from Nov 19, opens Nov 21 and runs to Nov 25, Sun-Fri 7:30 pm, mat Wed & Fri 1 pm, Sat 2 pm. $20, stu $12, previews $7, Wed-Thu eve $5. In the Joseph G. Green Theatre at the Centre for Film and Theatre, York U Keele Campus. Show Info.
Trace by Jeff Ho (b current performing arts/Factory). This play follows three generations of mother and son from the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong to Canada in the 21st century. Written and performed by Jeff Ho, this stimulating chamber play offers a new look into the lasting implications of sacrifice across generations. Previews from Nov 11, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 12 at 7 pm), Sun 2 pm. $30-$50, previews $20. At Factory Theatre. Show Info.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (Hart House Theatre). Teachers and contestants at a small-town spelling bee wonder if winning is everything in this musical comedy. Opens Nov 10 and runs to Nov 25, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Nov 25 at 2 pm. $28, srs $17, stu $12-$15. At Hart House Theatre. Show Info.
Beauty and the Beast. Young People’s Theatre’s Production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton. The musical based on the Disney film about hope and being your authentic self is brought to the stage. For ages 5 and up. Previews from Nov 6, opens Nov 9 and runs to Dec 31, see website for schedule. $10-$49. At Young People’s Theatre. Show Info.
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller (TEATRON Jewish Theatre). A Jewish couple in 1938 Brooklyn are profoundly affected by news reports about the horrific events of Kristallnacht. Opens Nov 7 and runs to Nov 18, see website for times. $36-$48. Toronto Centre for the Arts. Show Info.
Mr. Shi and his Lover by Wong Teng Chi and Njo Kong Kie (Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point of View Art Assoc). Chinese opera and vintage pop are used to tell the story of an espionage scandal in which a French diplomat falls in love with a mysterious opera singer. Previews from Nov 7, opens Nov 15 and runs to Dec 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat & Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$60. At Tarragon Theatre. Show Info.
Daughter. QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre present a play written and performed by Adam Lazarus. In this darkly satirical solo show about toxic masculinity, a man raised in patriarchy is trying to operate as a father. Previews Nov 7-8, opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm (and Nov 19), mat Nov 12 at 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $22, preview $17 (limited rush pwyc previews available, cash only). At The Theatre Centre. Show Info.
The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia? Soulpepper Theatre Company presents the provocative play by Edward Albee. A married architect falls in love with a goat in this play about infidelity and taboos. Albee invites us to a contemporary Greek tragedy with his trademark subversive humour. Previews from Nov 1, opens Nov 8 and runs to Nov 18, see website for schedule. $35-$95. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
Grease The Musical by Jim Jacob and Warren Casey (Irregular Entertainment). The original high-school musical set in the 1950s deals with themes of first love, friendship and themes of identity. Previews from Nov 1, opens Nov 9 and runs to Dec 10, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $29-$159. At The Winter Garden Theatre. Show Info.
Reflector. Theatre Gargantua celebrates its 25th Season with the premiere of a new work by Michael Spence. This multimedia work explores the power of image in our techno-connected world as it follows four people processing a soul-shattering photograph. Previews Nov 2, opens Nov 3 and runs to Nov 18, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $20-$28. At Theatre Passe Muraille. Show Info.
My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner (Studio 180 Theatre/Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company). A young Jewish artist is torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his need to fulfill his creative promise. Previews from Nov 4, opens Nov 9 and runs to Nov 26, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Nov 12 & 19 at 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm (and Nov 23), Sun 2 pm. $TBA. At The Toronto Centre for the Arts. Show Info.
Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Scarborough Music Theatre). Eva Duarte rises from poverty to become the Argentine president’s wife in this musical. Previews, Nov 2, opens Nov 3 and runs to Nov 18, Thu-Sat 8 pm (no evening show Nov 18), mat Nov 5, 12 and 18 at 2 pm. $30, preview $23. At The Scarborough Village Theatre. Show Info.
Curious George and the Golden Meatball. by John Kavanaugh and Jeremy Desmon (Lower Ossington Theatre). The mischievous monkey from kids’ books tries to help his chef friend win a cooking competition in this all-ages musical. Opens Oct 14 and runs to Nov 26, Sat 1 pm, Sun 11 am & 1 pm. $30-$40. At Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty (Lower Ossington Theatre). A college grad moves to NYC and copes with grown-up problems in this adult musical puppet play. Opens Sep 22 and runs to Nov 26, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 4 pm. $55-$65. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger. (LOT). A Black female trio from Chicago become superstars in this musical based on the aspirations and successes of R&B acts of the 60s and 70s. Opens Sep 8 and runs to Nov 19, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun 4 pm. $55-$75. At Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.