Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of April 15th, 2019.
MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! Spring has finally arrived, and so has Toronto’s busiest theatre season. Take a look at our list below and we guarantee you’ll find your next theatrical obsession! Assistant editor, Katee has highlighted her top choices in red!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. Princess of Wales Theatre. book by Douglas McGrath (Mirvish). The story of King’s rise to stardom as a composer and singer-songwriter, marriage and divorce to writing partner Gerry Goffin and friendships with other musical artists. Opens Apr 9 and runs to May 5, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $59-$259.
Four Chords And A Gun. Fleck Dance Theatre. Starvox Entertainment presents a play (it’s not a f’ing musical) by John Ross Bowie. Political and musical sensibilities clash when punk band the Ramones and producer Phil Spector go into the recording studio in 1979. Previews from Apr 2, opens Apr 10 and runs to Apr 28, Tue-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 & 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $39.95-$124.95.
All Of Our Dreaming. Grace Toronto Church. Dreamwalker Dance Company presents choreographies by Sarah Chase, Peggy Baker and Andrea Nann that explore the inherent struggle in the rites of passage. Opens Apr 9 and runs to Apr 13, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 4 pm. $22-$30, mat pwyc.
C’mon, Angie! The Assembly Theatre. by Amy Lee Lavoie (Leroy Street Theatre). Following a one-night stand, a man and a woman spend a fraught morning confronting questions related to intimacy, consent and sexual assault. Opens Apr 12 and runs to Apr 27, Tue-Sat 8 pm. $20-$35.
Copenhagen. Young Centre for the Performing Arts. by Michael Frayn (Soulpepper Theatre). In 1941, two scientists meet in occupied Denmark for a conversation that will change history. Previews from Apr 6, opens Apr 12 and runs to May 1, see website for schedule. $35 & up.
Dance Matters – Series 3, Into The Fire. The Into the Fire series showcases new dance works on a program that is energetic, fiery, fresh and spontaneous. Includes works by Angela Déiseach, Kirsten Sullivan, Stefania Skoryna, Project Oswald and Anne-Flore de Rochambeau. Apr 13-14, Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm. $14-$18.
And Everything Else:
Foul Play! Chelsea Hotel. Mysteriously Yours presents an interactive dinner-theatre murder mystery show. A detective leads the investigation. The suspects are spread throughout the room. So, you get to participate and see if you can solve… whodunit?! Apr 13-Oct 26, see website for schedule. $119.
The Sad Blisters. The Commons Theatre. Glass Hammer Productions presents a comedy by Andrew Batten. Serial monogamist Joanne is getting married – again. And she wants her sisters to wear their bridesmaid dresses from her previous weddings. And Aunt Sara’s been getting free samples from the bar. What could possibly go wrong? Opens Apr 12 and runs to Apr 27, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20, stu/srs/arts workers $15.
The 39 Steps. Gerrard Art Space. by John Buchanan, adapted by Patrick Barlow (Mortar & Pestle Productions). This comedy whodunit is based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. Opens Apr 11 and runs to Apr 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm (except Apr 20), mat Apr 13 and 20 at 2 pm. Pwyc/$20 suggested donation.
La Bohème. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. by Giacomo Puccini (Canadian Opera Company). Young bohemians navigate art, love, loss and poverty in 19th-century Paris. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 17 and runs to May 22, see website for schedule. $35-$350 (under 30 from $22).
The Toronto Passion Play. Church on the Queensway. The Christian Performing Arts Centre, in association with Church on the Queensway, presents an Easter production. A thief and an audacious young woman are forever changed by their encounter with the mysterious man from Galilee. Apr 19-21, Fri-Sat 2 and 7 pm, Sun 4 pm. $5.
Drunk Julius Caesar. Wychwood Theatre. Dauntless City Theatre presents a tipsy version of the William Shakespeare play. Four hundred years ago, Shakespeare wrote a play meditating on power, tyranny and ethics. This year, around the Bard’s birthday, two lead actors each night will drink their way through the play, while a cast of skilled Shakespearians try to keep it together around them. This play has a lot of fight scenes. It’s gonna get real sloppy. Apr 19 & 20, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm. $25-$35.
Les Femmes Fatales Present Shameless. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Les Femmes Fatales present a night of unapologetic burlesque and performance art celebrating the resistance of shame. Apr 19 at 9 pm (doors 8 pm). $20.
Made in Exile: Theatre Showcase. Theatre Centre. Stories created by young Tibetan storytellers come alive on stage, followed by Q&A and reception. Apr 20-21, Sat 7 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Pwyc.
Walking on Bombshells. Second City. Second City’s 82nd MainStage Revue features Allana Reoch, PHATT Al, Chris Wilson, Sharjil Rasool, Stacey McGunnigle and Nadine Djoury. From toxic masculinity to turtle murder, this show turns our universal internal monologues into reflections that probably shouldn’t even be legal to say out loud. Indefinite run, Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm (to Apr 27) & 10 pm, Sun 7:30 pm.$27 & up.
Church of Beyonce: A Vogue & Burlesque Beyonce Worship Experience. Round Venue. An evening of fun, sultry, sensual and just plain naughty burlesque acts set to the music of R&B & pop royalty, Queen Beyonce. Apr 21 at 7 pm. $25-$30.
Hand To God. Coal Mine Theatre. by Robert Askins (Coal Mine Theatre). A Texas widow running a church puppet club must deal with a satanic sock puppet in this blasphemous black comedy. Previews from Apr 21, opens Apr 24 and runs to May 12, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $42.50, previews/rush $25.
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