Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of January 7th, 2019.
MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Get over your post-holiday season blues with some fantastic theatre! Assistant Editor Katee is here with her top picks in red!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
Champions of Magic. Bluma Appel Theatre. Champions Of Magic features original magic that can’t be seen anywhere else, from illusions with supercars, an escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, levitation above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. Opens Dec 19 and runs to Jan 6, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 & 5 pm (see website for more dates and times). $59-$125. Show Info.
Reversible. CAA Theatre. Mirvish presents a multidisciplinary performance by artist collective 7 Fingers. This mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics looks at the experiences and stories of our grandparents. Opens Dec 11 and runs to Jan 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for other dates and times and additional information). $69-$79. Show Info.
And Everything Else:
We Are Not Alone. Streetcar Crowsnest. by Damien Atkins (Crow’s Theatre/2b theatre company/Segal Centre for Performing Arts). Atkins’s solo show about the meaning of mysterious sightings, fuzzy videos and crop circles. Previews from Jan 7, opens Jan 11 and runs to Jan 26, Mon-Sat 8:30 pm, mat Wed & Sat 2:30 pm. $22-$50. Show Info.
Iphigenia And The Furies (On Taurian Land). Daniels Spectrum. Saga Collectif present a play by Jeff Ho, an adaptation of the story by Euripedes. Saved from death by the goddess Artemis, Iphigenia is now a priestess on Taurian land – slaughtering any foreigners that arrive. When two strangers stumble upon her temple, she must decide whether to flee with the newcomers or stay true to her sacred mission. Previews from Jan 6, opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 20, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Aki Studio. Pwyc $5-$45. Show Info.
Kiviuq Returns: An Inuit Epic. Tarragon Theatre. (The Qaggiq Collective). The story of an epic journey across the Arctic is told through music, drumming, dance and storytelling. In Inuktitut w/ English overviews. Previews from Jan 4, opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun (and some Sat) 2:30 pm. $22-$60. In the MainSpace. Show Info.
Grace. Streetcar Crowsnest. by Jane Doe (Nightwood Theatre/ Crow’s Theatre). A family seeks justice after revelations of childhood sexual assault. Previews from Jan 8, opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 26, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $25-$40. In conjunction with the play, Nightwood Theatre presents a free symposium on Saturday, January 12, from 4-6 pm, onstage at Streetcar Crowsnest. The symposium will consist of two panels: one on the challenges and failures of the legal system faced by survivors of sexual assault, and another on the psychology of memory. Show Info.
The Play That Goes Wrong. Ed Mirvish Theatre. by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. (Mirvish/Stage Presence Ltd). Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python in this madcap murder mystery. Opens Jan 8 and runs to Feb 10, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $29-$129, premium $169. Show Info.
Dinner With The Duchess. Factory Theatre. by Nick Green (The Duchess Collective/Next Stage Theatre Festival). Psychological drama about a violin virtuoso, sexism in classical music and the high price of creating art. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 19, see website for schedule. $15. MainSpace. Show Info.
An Unsafe Space. Tranzac. World premiere of a new play by Richard Klagsbrun (Unsafe Space). A gathering of academics goes awry when their professional and personal interests and rivalries, as well as the views of an unexpected guest, turn into a series of explosive collisions. Previews Jan 9, opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 20, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $60-$75. Show Info.
Athabasca. Toronto Carpet Factory. Convergence Theatre presents a play created and performed by David S. Craig and Richard Greenblatt, part of Next Stage Theatre Festival. The playwrights portray a journalist turned environmental activist confronting a senior PR exec for an oil firm in Fort McMurray in a clash over the Athabasca oil sands. Opens Jan 11 and runs to Jan 20, daily at 7:30 pm (no show Jan 15). $15. Enter at 77 Mowat. Show Info.
Cannibal. Factory Theatre. by Thom Nyhuus (Scrap Paper Theatre/Next Stage Theatre Festival). This play explores grief, the cost of sharing your story and what it means to be indebted to someone you love. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the Studio. Show Info.
Ga Ting. Factory Theatre. Ga Ting, Cantonese for “family” / 家庭 – Ga Ting Toronto Collective, ARTillery Collective and Next Stage Theatre Festival present a play by Minh Ly. A cultural and generational clash ensues when a Chinese couple coming to terms with the death of their son invite his boyfriend to dinner. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the Studio. Show Info.
Lauren & Amanda Do It. Factory Theatre. by Lauren Cauchy and Amanda Logan (Toasted Theatre Company/Next Stage Theatre Festival). Musical late-night talk show about sex, fetishes, ballgags, #metoo, love and more. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $12. In the Antechamber. Show Info
Possessed. Factory Theatre. by Diana Bang (Classy Little Bitch Productions/Next Stage Theatre Festival). A Korean-Canadian woman calls up on spirits, gods and ancestors to guide her through her tumultuous life. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $12. In the Antechamber. Show Info.
Strange & Unusual. Factory Theatre. by Nicholas Wallace and Luke Brown (Flat Earth Global/Next Stage Theatre Festival). Mix of storytelling and illusions that explores how and why humans are hardwired to believe in weird things. Opens Jan 9 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. MainSpace. Show Info.
1979. Berkeley Street Theatre. by Michael Healey (The 1979 Group). Comedy/docuplay about Joe Clark’s short term as Canada’s 16th prime minister. Previews Jan 9, opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm (see website for other matinees). $20-$70. Show Info.
A Bear Awake In Winter. Factory Theatre. by Ali Joy Richardson (Binocular Theatre/Next Stage Theatre Festival). Events surrounding a new teacher, a bullying incident and an act of violence at a high school dance at a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, school all tell the story of the struggle to stand up for yourself. Opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the MainSpace. Show Info.
Foreign Tongue. Factory Theatre. by Lola Xenos, Daniel Abrahamson & Justin Hiscox (playinc./Next Stage Theatre Festival). A stroke leaves an urban professional with a thick, foreign-sounding accent, often mistaken for a newcomer refugee – a misunderstanding she does not correct – in this musical comedy. Opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the MainSpace. Show Info.
Lucky. Factory Theatre. by Marie Barlizo (Barlizo Productions/Next Stage Theatre Festival). A Filipino student sees a way to escape parental pressures when she meets a former skinhead in this drama inspired by real events. Opens Jan 10 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the Studio. Show Info.
Anatomy Of A Dancer. Factory Theatre. Breakaway Entertainment presents a dance production by Adam Marino, an homage to Gene Kelly’s life and career are reinterpreted for the 21st century stage. Part of Next Stage Theatre Festival. Opens Jan 11 and runs to Jan 20, see website for times. $15. In the MainSpace. Show Info.
Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia. Factory Theatre. by Kim Kilpatrick, Karen Bailey & Bronwyn Steinberg (Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia Collective/Next Stage Theatre Festival). This storytelling show delves into the journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind. Opens Jan 11 and runs to Jan 20, see website for schedule. $15. In the Studio. Show Info.
Les Femmes Fatales Present: RAGE! Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Les Femmes Fatales: Women Of Colour Burlesque presents RAGE! – a night of burlesque and performance art, celebrating and encouraging rage. Jan 11 at 8 pm. Tickets $20. Show Info.
Queens Of The World. Super Wonder Gallery. Drag celebration of culture featuring local diverse drag queens honouring their respective backgrounds. Featuring Selena Vyle, Priyanka Love, Miss Moço, Vicki Lix & Vachina Dynasty. DJ Bliptor spinning into the night. Jan 11 at 10 pm (doors 9 pm). $10. Show Info.
One Thing Leads to Another. Young People’s Theatre. Young People’s Theatre presents it’s popular show for babies, by Maja Ardal, Audrey Dwyer, Mary Francis Moore and Julia Tribe. Young play-goers experience everyday objects being transformed into fabulous, theatrical phenomena. Recommended for ages 3-12 months but suitable for up to 24 months. Opens Jan 12 and runs to Jan 25, see website for times. Adults $20, baby/youth $5. Show Info.
Lunacy Cabaret: Kitty Party. Opera House. Zero Gravity Circus presents Lunacy Cabaret – a devilishly vaudevillian, one-of-kind cabaret cocktail of circus, sketch comedy, clown, burlesque, buffoon and music. Jan 12 at 8 pm. $30, advance $22. 19+ Show Info.
Tartuffe. Bluma Appel Theatre. by Molière (Canadian Stage/Crow’s Theatre/Groundling Theatre/David Versus Goliath/Stratford Festival). A con man feigns piety to get close to a man’s wife in this comedy. Previews from Jan 13, opens Jan 17 and runs to Jan 27, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $51-$111. Show Info.
Her Sound: A Diva Day Concert. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Performance of a new song cycle by Ethan Carlson that looks at injustice, love, sex, misogyny and giving voice & power to the women in our earliest tales. Jan 13-14 at 7:30 pm. $25, proceeds support Diva Day, supporting young period-havers in Kenya. Show Info.
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