Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of September 24th, 2018
As always MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Summer is over, and the Toronto theatre scene has plenty of offerings to take your mind off the fact that fall is quickly approaching! Our managing editor Wayne has put his top picks in red!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
The Importance of Being Earnest. Alumnae Theatre.by Oscar Wilde (Alumnae Theatre). Two sets of lovers search for an ultimate but uncertain truth in this comedy of misunderstandings and rebellion. Open Sep 21 and runs to Oct 6. $15-$25. Show Info.
Gertrude and Alice. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. by evalyn parry and Anna Chatterton (Independent Aunties/BIBT). This theatrical show looks at the lives, love and legacy of queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The critically-acclaimed and beloved story returns to the Buddies stage with a new production design from visual artist Sherri Hay. Previews from Sep 15, opens Sep 20 and runs to Oct 7, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Pwyc-$40.
Heathers: The Musical. Hart House Theatre. Hart House Theatre presents a play by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Tale of mean girls and murderous vengeance between high-school outcasts and the in-crowd, based on the 80s film. Opens Sep 21 and runs to Oct 6, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Oct 6 at 2 pm. $17-$28, stu $12-$15. Show Info.
And Everything Else:
The Children. Berkeley Street Theatre. By Lucy Kirkwood (Canadian Stage/Centaur Theatre). A former colleague visits two retired scientists living in a remote area following a nuclear catastrophe. Previews from Sep 25, opens Sep 27 and runs to Oct 21, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79.
Groundswell Festival of New Works. Dancemakers (9 Trinity #313-314, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4) Nightwood Theatre presents its annual festival of contemporary women’s theatre features readings from Nightwood’s 2017/18 Write From The Hip playwrights: Andrea Scott and Nick Green, Monica Garrido, Chelsea Woolley, Meaghan Greeley, Intisar Awisse and Ali Joy Richardson.
Sep 24-30, launch party Mon 6 pm, readings Tue-Fri 7 pm, Sat-Sun 4 pm. Pwyc.
Becoming Banksy. The Redwood. (Elan Wolf Farbiarz/Cory Terry). A confused tourist is mistaken for the world’s most famous (and anonymous) artist. Previews from Sep 26, opens Sep 28 and runs to Oct 14, Wed 7:30 pm, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49.50.
Shades. Factory Theatre. Creator Esie Mensah and her cast examine the question of how our communities became fractured. How did we start to see our own brothers or sisters as inferior because of the shade of their skin? Throughout this performance, we hope to address the roots, realities and effects of Shadeism that will ultimately lead us towards a path of reconciliation and healing. Previews Sep 27, opens Sep 28 and runs to Sep 30, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, mat Fri 1 pm. $35, stu/srs/arts workers $25.
Exit Laughing. Fairview Library. by Paul Elliott (Stage Centre Productions). When one member of a 30-year-running weekly bridge game dies, the remaining foursome “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game. Opens Sep 27 and runs to Oct 6, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $25. Show Info.
Twice Upon a Time — The Fully Improvised Musical. The Social Capital Theatre. Maple Leaf Theatre Company presents a fully improvised musical fairy tale in which audience suggestions are used to create backstories for well-known tales. 8 pm. $10.
Suitable for adult audiences 18+.
Plunge | | The Cabaret. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Vazari Dance Projects present a cabaret-style variety show and season launch, featuring circus, comedy, drag and burlesque, hosted by Stephen Joffe & Chris Blades. Sep 27 at 9 pm. $20-$25. Show Info.
A Night Out. Berkeley Street Theatre. Rhythm & Sound Productions present a dance piece about love at first sight. Sep 28-29, Fri-Sat 8 pm, at Sat 3 pm. $35-$40. Rhythm & Sound is a Tap Dance Company that focuses on presenting work with live music that is traditional in approach but innovative in execution. Show Info.
Sound of the Beast. Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre Passe Muraille presents a play written and performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. An outspoken emcee speaks truth to power with hip-hop, spoken word and storytelling. The show blends the personal and the political, with a bold and brutally honest take about policing in black communities. Sep 28-29 at 7:30 pm. $17-$38. In the BackSpace.
Ragtime The Musical, In Concert. Toronto Centre for the Arts. Encores by Encore present a concert performance of the musical set in early-20th-century New York City, by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally. Sep 29-30, Sat 8 pm, Sun 1:30 & 7:30 pm. $29.50-$34. Studio Theatre.
The Dybbuk, Or Between Two Worlds. Elgin Theatre. by S. Ansky (Show One Productions/Gesher Theatre). Comedy, tragedy, mysticism and psychology combine in a story of love beyond death. In Hebrew with Russian and English subtitles. Sep 29-30, Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm. $45-$125.
Eugene Onegin. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. y Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Canadian Opera Company). Russian opera based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel-in-verse. Performed in Russian w/ English surtitles. Opens Sep 30 and runs to Nov 3, see website for times. $35-$250 (Grand Ring $290-$350).
Red Death. Red Sandcastle Theatre. (DisPossesed Productions). interactive theatre experience inspired by gothic horror, set within the green room of a playhouse. Sep 30 from 1-9 pm. $60-$75, at Show Info.
Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage Listings.