PLAYLISTINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of September 2, 2019.

Welcome to September! Theatre is moving back indoors (mostly), and the kids of all ages are going back to school. There’s no better time to take a breather from the busy-ness of returning to your calendar of weekly meetings and extra-curriculars than to check out some theatre. This week it is editor Lin’s turn to highlight the theatre events that caught their eye – check out the listings painted red! Take a look at the show information below to see what has caught our eye this week.

Already Reviewed by MoT:

Art. (Soulpepper Theatre Young Centre for the Performing Arts – Distillery District). Friendships are tested when a man’s friends react to his purchase of an expensive painting. Preview shows Aug 9-14, opens Aug 15 and runs to Sep 7, see website for times. $38-$98.
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Come From Away. (Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St). By Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Mirvish). Newfoundlanders open their homes to stranded passengers following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Feb 5-Nov 23, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Matinees Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$169, Limited rush $25 (premium tickets also available).
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Walking on Bombshells. (Second City, 51 Mercer St.) 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. Runs to Sep 8: Tue-Thu 8 pm; Fri 7:30 pm; Sat 10 pm (and 7:30 pm, starting Jul 27); Sun 7:30 pm. See website for more days and times, exceptions and to buy tickets. $27 & up
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Pirate Life 2019. (Pirate Life Toronto, 333 Lake Shore Blvd E.) 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, fire water cannons and search for sunken treasure. May 4 – Oct 13, see website for schedule. $27.
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The Winter’s Tale (Withrow Park, 725 Logan St.) The Winter’s Tale (produced by Shakespeare in the Ruff) explores the relationship between repentance and forgiveness in a way that echoes loudly in our modern times. Bring a picnic, meet a neighbour and experience a summer’s night between the trees and beneath the stars. Aug 14 – Sep 2: Tue-Sun 7:30 pm, special Labour Day show Mon Sep 2. PWYC: $20 suggested donation (cash only).
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And Everything Else:

Betrayal. (Young Center for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House). by Harold Pinter. (Soulpepper Theatre). An adulterous affair is unpacked in reverse chronology to examine many different kinds of betrayal. Previews Aug 28- Sep 3, Opens Sep 4 – Sep 15, see website for times. $38-$98.
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The BFF Variety Hour. (Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.) Susan Waycik welcomes you to an exciting evening of STAND-UP, SKETCH, MUSIC and MAGIC with her brand new variety show. The BFF Variety Hour features a line-up of Susan’s BEST FRIENDS — whether they know it or not! By the end of the night, we’ll all be best friends. Bring your current best friend and make new best friends! Sep 8 7:00pm. $10 advance; $15 at the door
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But That’s Another Story. (Free Time Cafe, 320 College). Briane Nasimok presents the monthly storytelling show, an evening of tall tales, remarkable reminiscence, fascinating fables and comical conflicts. This month with Paul Aflalo, Pat Bisset, Norm Reynolds, Sarah Abusarar, Zeb Pike and co-host Christel Bartelse. Sep 8 at 7 pm. $10.
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Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods”. (Hart House Theatre) Hart House Theatre presents a project that explores the restor(y)ation of treaty relationships using Indigenous practices of story weaving through deep connections to the land. Led by Indigenous educator and artist Jill Carter, the piece will include performers and creators from all over the city who will use their personal stories and experiences to compose the work. Sep 6-7, Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $28, srs $20, stu $15.
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Far East Comedy Tuesdays (The Corner Comedy Club, 946 Queen E) Ernie Vicente hosts a weekly diverse stand-up comedy showcase. Sep 3, shows at 8 and 10 pm. $10.
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The Glass Menagerie. (Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor W.) Village Players presents the Tennessee Williams, directed by Victoria Shepherd. Sep 6-28, 8pm, mat Sun 2pm, see website for schedule. $24, srs $20 (Wed/Thurs/Sun only), under 30 $20.00, group of 10 or more: $20.00 (must be paid in advance; buy 15 tickets, get the 16th free)
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Hookup. (Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor W.) Bad Dog Theatre presents a weekly Saturday evening improvised romantic comedy based on the lives of two random audience members. Aug 31 9:30 pm. $12-$20.
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Lez is More. (Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.) Monthly showcase of queer, sapphic talent w/ Jin Lee, Breton Lalama, Emma Davey, Chanty Marostic, headliner Daphney Joseph and host Jas Pants. Sep 3 8 pm. $10 advance, $15 at door.
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Peter Pan The Musical. (Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst) One of the greatest family adventures to ever play on a theatrical stage, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight! Featuring a modern soundtrack, this timeless story of the boy who could fly is a theatrical treat for young and old alike, as Peter Pan transports Wendy and the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget! For ages 4 and up. Aug 23 – Sep 22. Fri & Sat 7:30PM, Sat & Sun 3:30PM. $59.99-$69.99.
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Puss In Boots. (Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester). Cabbagetown Festival presents a children’s theatre show. Puss In Boots needs to help his master with a much-needed image makeover. Along the way he meets the King of Cabbagetown and his lovely daughter Princess Arianna and of course that green Ogre who lives in the Swamp. Sep 7-8, Sat-Sun at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm (shows are 30 minutes long). $5.
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Rabbit Hole. (Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston). by David Lindsay-Abaire (Scarborough Players). A couple take right and wrong turns as they deal with grief in this drama. Sep 6 – Sep 21, see website for schedule. $24, stu/srs $20.
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Yas Kween. (Bad Dog Theatre Company, 875 Bloor W.) Monthly comedy on the first Thursday of each month featuring Women of Colour, hosted by Nelu Handa. Sep 5 9:30 pm. $10.
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Some listings based on NOW! Stage Listings.