Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of July 23rd, 2018
It’s not too late to catch some of the fantastic shows onstage across Toronto this summer. From big-hearted show-stopping musicals to intimate theatrical magic, there’s something for everyone on stages across the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And everything else:
The Last Five Years. YRG Productions presents its inagurual show. This musical by Jason Robert Brown tells the story of two 20-something New Yorkers who spend five years falling in and out of love. July 27-29, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1 pm. Tickets cost $30, arts workers $25. At Wynchwood Theatre. Show Info.
Magic & Martini. Enjoy cocktails and cuisine while watching one of the world’s best conjurers in a full evening show in an elegant private club atmosphere. A special password to gain entry to the event will be provided in confidence once you’ve purchased your tickets and made your reservation. 19+, cocktail attire required. Saturday, July 28 at 6:30 pm. Tickets $39. Show Info.
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.
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.
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.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.