Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of July 16th, 2018
Toronto live theatre for the week of July 16th, 2018. Welcome back to regular post-Fringe coverage! We hope you’re well-rested and ready for more live theatre! If you need some help deciding what to see this wee, our Assistant Editor Jess is on hand with a few of her top picks in red. Check them out below the cut:
Already reviewed by Mooney on theatre:
Come From Away by Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Mirvish). Newfoundlanders open their homes to stranded passengers following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Previews from Feb 13, opens Feb 18 and runs to Sep 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $69 and up. At The Royal Alexandra Theatre. Show Info.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Returning to Toronto for a fourth time, Potted Potter The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes. Opens Jun 13 and runs to Jul 22, Wed-Sun (and some Tuesdays), see website for schedule. $30-$100. At The CAA Theatre. Show Info.
And everything else:
Rosalynde (or, As You Like It). Driftwood Theatre presents an updated version of William Shakespeare’s play as part of the Bard’s Bus Tour. This Prohibition-era comedy features love, whiskey and puppets in a story about self-discovery, identity and carving your own path. Plays at Amos Waites Park, Trillium Park, Parma Park, Kawartha Settler’s Village and various other parks in the GTA/Southern Ontario. Previews Jul 13, opens Jul 14 and runs to Aug 12, see website for schedule (all shows begin at 7:30 pm) and locations. Pwyc ($20 sugg). Show Info.
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Guild Festival Theatre). A London professor wagers that he can pass of a Cockney flower girl as a duchess. Previews Jul 11, opens Jul 12 and runs to Aug 12, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, matinees Wednesday Jul 25, Aug 1 and Aug 8 at 2 pm. $20-$25, preview $15. At Guild Park & Gardens. Show Info.
The King And I. Ambassador Theatre Group/NETworks Presentations presents the Lincoln Center Theater Production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical about the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between a British schoolteacher and the king of Siam. Opens Jul 10 and runs to Aug 12, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $59-$229. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Scarborough Theatre Guild). This classic comedy is a twisted tale of forged identities, deception and wit. Jul 6-21, see website for times. $20-$24. At Scarborough Village Theatre. Show Info.
Orlando adapted by Sarah Ruhl from the novel by Virginia Woolf (Soulpepper). Destined to never age, Orlando’s journey crosses continents, centuries and genders to find true happiness. Previews from Jul 6, opens Jul 11 and runs to Jul 29, see website for times. $32-$96. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
Inch Of Your Life: The Trilogy – Episode 3: The Last Bit by Massimo Pagliaroli (The Theatre Circuit). Three-part stage sitcom that looks at family, relationships and identity. Previews Jul 18, opens Jul 19 and runs to Jul 28, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$30, preview $15. At Theatre Passe Muraille. Show Info.
Gripless. A gothic tale set in the middle of nowhere about a family trying to get a grip. Written and directed by Deborah Ann Frankel. Jul 20-23, Fri-Mon 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $20. At Red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
Pirate Ship Adventure. Children’s interactive adventure theatre show aboard a 50-foot pirate ship that sails along the harbour. Kids get pirate names, dress in costumes & face paint and search for sunken treasure. May 5-Oct 8: May-June and Sep-Oct weekends, July & August daily, see website for schedule. $27. Show Info.
Canadian Stage Shakespeare In High Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Canadian Stage and the York University Dept of Theatre present the outdoor theatre in the park, now in its 36th season. The classic frolicking comedy is staged outdoors. Previews from Jun 29, opens Jul 13 and runs to Sep 2, Wed, Fri & Sun 8 pm. Pwyc, $25 adv reserved seating. At High Park. Show Info
Canadian Stage Shakespeare In High Park: Romeo And Juliet. Canadian Stage and the York University Dept of Theatre present the outdoor theatre in the park, now in its 36th season. The classic tragedy of star-crossed lovers is staged outdoors. Previews from Jun 28, opens Jul 12 and runs to Sep 1, Tue, Thu, Sat 8 pm. Pwyc, $25 adv reserved seating. At High Park. Show Info.
Wicked. by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman (Mirvish). The hit musical that gives a backstory to The Wizard Of Oz returns. Opens Jun 20 and runs to Aug 5, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm (see website for exceptions/more dates & times). $59-$209. At The Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.