Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 18th, 2019.
MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Beat the post March Break blues by enjoying some of the best theatre Toronto has to offer! Assistant Editor Katee has highlighted her top picks in red!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
CHICHO. Theatre Passe Muraille. by Augusto Bitter (Pencil Kit Productions/Aluna Theatre/TPM). An ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela tries to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. Previews from Mar 7, opens Mar 12 and runs to Mar 24, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$33.
Blood of Our Soil. Tarragon Theatre. by Lianna Makuch (Pyretic Productions/Punctuate! Theatre). A woman seeks the key to her family history in Ukraine in this drama about war and trauma. Previews Mar 6, opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 16, Tue-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$30.
Unsafe. Berkeley Street Theatre. by Sook Yin Lee and Zack Russell (Canadian Stage). Theatrical town hall that explores the anxieties and taboos that make some art acceptable and some not. Featuring multimedia artist and broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee and playwright/filmmaker Zack Russell. Previews from Mar 12, opens Mar 14 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79.
And Everything Else:
Isitwendam (An Understanding).Native Earth Performing Arts. Native Earth Performing Arts and Bound to Create Theatre present a play written and performed by Meegwun Fairbrother. Using western & Indigenous storytelling, drumming, dance and song, Fairbrother tells a story of a young man in search of truth and awakening. Previews from Mar 17, opens Mar 20 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$30, Tue pwyc. In the Aki Studio.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Ed Mirvish Theatre. by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, adapted from the novel by Rick Riordan. (Mirvish). The son of Poseidon deals with powers he can’t control, monsters on his tail and an epic quest to prevent a war between the gods. Opens Mar 19 and runs to Mar 24, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $39-$99, lottery rush $25.
Crying Hands. Theatre Passe Muraille. by Bentein Baardson (Theatre Manu/TPM). This docudrama looks at the experience of deaf people in Hitler’s Germany. Previews Mar 20, opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 24, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$40.
Apollo / Night / The Sea Above, The Sky Below / Paquita. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The National Ballet’s 2018/19 Winter Season opens with a mixed program featuring George Balanchine’s ground-breaking Apollo. This masterpiece of neo-classicism anchors a program of choreographic associate Robert Binet’s captivating pas de trois, The Sea Above, The Sky Below, the virtuoso tour de force Paquita and the company premiere of Julia Adam’s Night. Mar 20-21: Wed-Thu 7:30 pm, mat Thu 2 pm. $40 & up.
Acceleration 2019. Winchester Street Theatre. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents an ambitious main-stage performance of solos and small ensemble works – both new and revived, showcasing dancers from the third year of the Professional Training Program. Mar 20-23, Wed-Sat 8 pm. $22, stu/srs/CADA $17.
Parade in Concert. Al Green Theatre. Toronto Musical Concerts presents a professional staged reading of Jason Robert Brown’s powerful and timely musical. Featuring professional musical theatre talents: Eric Craig, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Jenny Weisz, Jonathan Cullen, Mark Cassius, Michael De Rose, Alana Hibbert, Geoffrey Tyler, Ryan Kelly, Lisa Kisch, Quinn Dooley, Joseph Lévesque, Christopher Wilson and Chris Tsujiuchi. Mar 21-22, Thu-Fri 7:30 pm. $25, stu/arts worker $20.
True Crime. Living Arts Centre. by Torquil Campbell and Chris Abraham, with Julian Brown (The Castleton Massive/Crows Theatre). An artist portrays a conman in this theatrical piece about how we all fake it. Mar 21-23 at 7:30 pm. $40-$50.
Blue Stockings. Fairview Library. by Jessica Swale (Stage Centre Productions). Four young women fight for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage in Cambridge 1896. Opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 30, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Mar 24 & 30 at 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $25.
Concrete Cabaret 2: The Chips Edition. The Baby G. (Concrete Cabaret) Experimental puppetry and performing object theatre with music by Kosher Dill Spears. Mar 21, doors at 8 pm. $15.
The Dutch Courtesan. Luella Massey Studio Theatre. Poculi Ludique Societas presents the 1604 play by John Marston. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the sub-plot follows two members of a distrusted religious minority as they are tricked and abused. Mar 21-24, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $10-$20.
The Woods Are Dark And Deep. Factory Theatre. Pulse Theatre presents a new play by Milan Obradovic. Historical drama about Serbian and Ukrainian immigrants detained in a Canadian internment camp during WWI. Opens Mar 21 and runs to Mar 27, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$30.
The Little Prince: Reimagined. Streetcar Crowsnest. Puzzle Piece presents Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s children’s tale, adapted by Richard Lam. The beloved novel is brought to life through object puppetry in a new stage adaptation. For kids 7+ and adults. Previews Mar 22, opens Mar 23 and runs to Apr 13, Mon-Sat 7 pm, mat Wed & Sat 1:30 pm. $25-$32.
Wedding At Aulis. Young Centre for the Performing Arts. by Sina Gilani (Soulpepper Theatre). This immersive version of Iphigenia In Aulis by Euripides places the audience at the heart of the genesis of the Trojan War. Previews from Mar 22, opens Mar 28 and runs to Apr 14, see website for schedule. $35 & up.
A Doll’s House, Part 2. CAA Theatre. by Lucas Hnath (Mirvish/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Nora returns to the family she left behind 15 years earlier in this sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s play. Opens Mar 23 and runs to Apr 14, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$99, stu $25.
Piaf! The Show. Toronto Centre for the Arts. Musical celebration of the life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Mar 23 at 8 pm. $35-$86. At the George Weston Recital Hall.
Hooking Up With The Second City: Third Base. Second City. Sketch comedy revue about heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. March 23-25, Fri 4:30 pm, Sat 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Mon 8 pm (see website for more dates and times). Tickets start at $20, student and group discounts available.
Listings Primarily Based on NOW! Stage Listings