Toronto Playlistings for the Week of February 24, 2020

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of February 24, 2020

My partner and I went to a show last weekend and met a wonderful couple. We met in the elevator on the way to the show, and again after the show in the same elevator afterward. It sparked a short but great conversation about shows we had seen, and theatre that we like. There wasn’t agreement in our preferences, but it was such a wonderful, spontaneous conversation! It really reminded me that the theatre community is really an extended family tied together by our love of theatre art.

So this week it’s up to me to let you – my theatre family – know what has caught my personal eye this week. Check out my ‘red’ picks below. And, agree with me or not about my choices, I know that if I meet you in the lobby or elevator we can still easily start up a conversation about our mutual love of theatre.

Already Reviewed by MoT:

AF (Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley). Red Sky Performance merges explosive contemporary dance with innovative physical theatre storytelling. Direction and concept by Sandra Laronde, choreography by Thomas Fonua. Previews Feb 18, opens Feb 19 and runs to Mar 1, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79.
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Come From Away (Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Mirvish). Newfoundlanders open their homes to stranded passengers following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Continuing at the Elgin after an 11-month run at the Royal Alex: Dec 13, 2019 to Mar 1, 2020, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for holiday performance schedule and other schedule exceptions). $39-$169, limited rush $25 (premium tickets also available).
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Grounded (Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw) by George Brant (theatreSix). Reassigned during her pregnancy, a female fighter pilot deals with drone duty and family obligations. Previews from Feb 13, opens Feb 14 and runs to Feb 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $20-$29.
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Hamilton (Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria) by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jeffery Seller/Mirvish). The hit musical about the American Founding Fathers comes to Toronto. Feb 11-May 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for schedule exceptions/additions). $50-$250, premium $500.
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How To Fail As A Popstar (Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley) by Vivek Shraya (Canadian Stage). Multidisciplinary artist Shraya chronicles their journey to “not quite” stardom in this musical solo show. Previews Feb 18, opens Feb 19 and runs to Mar 1, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79. In the Upstairs theatre.
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If I Could #Throwback Time (Second City, 51 Mercer). Second City’s 83rd sketch comedy revue basks in the neon glow of nostalgia, mining comedy gold from ancient treasures like old school video games, Power Rangers and Canada’s long, complicated history of sweeping social injustices. Previews from Sep 10. Opens Oct 10 and runs to Mar 1: Tue-Thu 8 pm; Fri 7:30 pm; Sat 7:30 & 10 pm. See website for more days and times, exceptions and to buy tickets. $28 & up.
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Jungle Book (Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller (Young People’s Theatre/Kidoons/WYRD Productions). Multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story for ages 5 & up. Feb 13-Mar 21, see website for schedule. $10-$43.
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The Second City Totally Likes You (Second City, 51 Mercer). The Second City aims Cupid’s bow at dating, sex, meet-cutes and meet-uglies in this hormone-charged show that marries classic archive material with brand new swipes at relationships. Jan 11-Mar 30, Mon 8 pm, Sat-Sun 4 pm.
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This Was the World (Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgeman) by Ellie Moon. A play about old power and new ideas, academia and decolonization, language and authority. Directed by Richard Rose, featuring R.H. Thomson. Previews from Jan 28, opens Feb 5 and runs to Mar 1, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $22-$65.
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And Everything Else:

Angel’s Atlas with Chroma & Marguerite and Armand (Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W). National Ballet of Canada presents a mixed program of new and old works. Crystal Pite debuts a brand new work for The National Ballet of Canada; Wayne McGregor’s 2010 work, Chroma; and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, which will be the final performance for principal dancer Greta Hodgkinson. Feb 29-Mar 7, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mats Mar 1, 5 and 7 at 2 pm. Tickets from $41.
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Black and Funny Festival: 4 (Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor W). The Black and Funny Festival is back for its fourth edition featuring an all-Black comedian lineup, including headliners: Tallboyz, Coko & Daphney, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Anthony Engelbrecht; and featuring: Definition of Knowledge, Zabrina Douglas, Nigel Downer & more. Every Friday in February at 8 and 9:30 pm, $20, advance $15.
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Box 4901 (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander) by Brian Francis (timeshare). Novelist Francis revisits letters from a 1992 personals ad he placed in this play about how gay men used to find one another. Previews Feb 27, opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $25-$42, some pwyc available.
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Brain Storm (Dancemakers Studio Theatre, 3rd Floor 9 Trinity). A visually arresting and comically haunting look at the ramifications of brain surgery and how one woman finds her way in a reality that is forever different. Created in collaboration with the cast, BRAIN STORM will have its World Premiere in February 2020 following a critically-acclaimed workshop production at Toronto Fringe. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 8, see website for show times. $8-60, pwyc/pwyca.
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Dark Day Monday 23 – It’s Not Too Late (Burdock, 1184 Bloor W). Dark Day Monday is a curated monthly performance series featuring artists who defy expectations and break boundaries. We seek out acts that explore, play, and fuck with performance forms or genres. With guest Curator Amanda Cordner, lineup TBA. Feb 24 at 8 pm (door 7:30 pm). $10.
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Disgraced (The Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd.). East Side Players presents a Pulitzer-prize winning play about Amir Kapoor, whose life is unraveled over the course of a dinner party with close friends. The conversation navigates through faith, race and politics as everyone’s beliefs are challenged and truths are revealed. This incredibly thought-provoking play will have the audience talking long after the curtain comes down. Feb 21 – Mar 7. Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25.
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The Events (Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw) by David Greig (Necessary Angel). This drama was written in response to the politically motivated mass shootings in Norway. Previews from Mar 1, opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 15, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20-$60.
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Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst) by Marjorie Chan. Set in Canada’s condo and casino playground of Vancouver, this hard-hitting new play is a tale of social climbing and the fraying social fabric among the wealthy and hangers-on of Vancouver’s Asian Canadian community. Inspired by the modern classic, Sunrise by Cao Yu, this world premiere features a cast of six powerful Asian Canadian women, and examines the damning effect of today’s hyper-consumerist society. Previews from February 15, opens February 30 and runs to March 8, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm (Sun Feb 16 at 7 pm). $40-$50, previews $20.
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Let’s Talk About Sex, Maybe? (Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen W). Dustin George hosts a talk comedy show about sex, sensuality and all the nuanced naughtiness in between. With guests Daphney Joseph, Barbie Jo Bontemps and Lady Pim. Feb 27 at 8 pm. $10.
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Many Young Men of Twenty (Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley) by J.B. Keane (Toronto Irish Players). A small-town Irish pub is the site of discussions on emigration, alcoholism, women and politics. Previews Feb 13, opens Feb 15 and runs to Feb 29, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $25-$27, preview PWYC (min $15).
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The Negroes Are Congregating (Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson) by Natasha Adiyana Morris (Piece of Mine Arts/TPM). Unapologetic and impolite look at the ongoing effects of racism in Canada and elsewhere, delivered through spoken word, satire and dialect. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 14, see website for times. $17-$38.
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A Nice Day in the Park (Chez BonBon, 234 Queen E). Sky Gilbert presents his new one-act play about a confrontation between a young trans man and an old gay man – both of whom work for an AIDS service organization. Feb 28-29 at 8 pm. $20-$25.
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Oh, What A Lovely War (Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle) by Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood, Gerry Raffles (Hart House Theatre). Modern staging of this satirical look at the foibles of combat. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 7, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Mar 7 at 2 pm. $28, srs $20, stu $15.
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Oil (Geary Lane, 360 Geary) by Ella Hickson (ARC). This five part, two-act play follows the lives of a mother and daughter from the dawn of the industrial age to a post-petroleum world and beyond. Previews from Feb 29, opens Mar 3 and runs to Mar 21, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$30.
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Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show (Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W). Mirvish presents the musical dance show. Opens Feb 25 and runs to Mar 1, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$130.
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Say It Loud, Black, & Proud (Morrish Public School, 61 Canmore). PowerFilled Youth T.O presents an original Black History Month production performed by the PFYTO team (youth ages 8 to 16). This year’s play focuses on a teenage boy who doesn’t see the sense in celebrating a history perceived as sad/dark but is soon enlightened to the beauty in his history and heritage through song, dance, drama and spoken word. Feb 28 at 7 pm. $5-$10.
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The Runner (Tarragon Theatre,30 Bridgman) by Christopher Morris (Human Cargo/Tarragon). An Orthodox Jew grapples with the political and moral fallout of saving a woman’s life. Previews from Feb 25, opens Mar 4 and runs to Mar 29. $22-$70. MainSpace.
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Things Black Girls Say (Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor). Comedy show featuring Tia Mcgregor, Ernie Vincente, Erin Keaney, Bougie B Bougie and others. Hosted by Zabrina Douglas. Mar 1 at 7 pm. $15 online, $20 door.
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Us/Them (CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge) by Carly Wijs (BRONKS/Mirvish). This play looks at the 2004 terrorist siege of a Russian school through the eyes of the child hostages. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 15, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$99, stu $25.
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Watching Glory Die (Grand Canyon, 2 Osler). LOVE2 Theatre and impel Theatre present a play by Judith Thompson. Watching Glory Die depicts the final days of a young woman experiencing mental illness while incarcerated. Three women, inextricably tied to one another, wrestle with the slow and undeniable realization that despite their efforts, they cannot escape the system which has brought them to this brink, and won’t release them. Inspired by a true story. Opens Feb 19 and runs to Feb 29, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$35.
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Women At Play(s) 4 Toronto Edition (Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E). Woman At Play(s) is a festival of one-act plays by Canadian female playwrights with female directors & actors. There are six one-act plays ranging from comedic to dramatic about differences between people, ageism, supernatural events, existence, societal perspectives, and identity. Opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 8, Thu-Sun 8 pm. $20, stu/srs/arts workers $15.
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Some listings based on NOW! Stage Listings.

One thought on “Toronto Playlistings for the Week of February 24, 2020”

  1. Hi Mooney on Theatre! Thank you so much for listing our production of Women At Play(s) I really appreciate it!
    Sincerely,
    Marianne

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