Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
This week features a great array of freebies and budget-friendly choices, and a great selection of themes. From infant-targeted shows, to true stories, to women in contemporary theatre, this is a great chance to experience the wonderful diversity and richness of Toronto’s indie scene. Check out the listings below the cut.
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Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of September 19th.
This week features a great selection of cheap shows and openers! Whether you fancy love stories, music, story-driven theatre, or even something your baby will enjoy, Toronto has you covered this week. To help you narrow down your choice(s), our assistant editor Jess is here to pick out her most-anticipated shows in red text!
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After stumbling upon the listing for Beerology‘s Hopera Quartus — an event that pairs live operatic performances and craft beer — I was immediately intrigued!
Thankfully, creator and Master Cicerone Mirella Amato agreed to let me ask her a few questions about this unique event! Check them out below the cut.
Continue reading Preview: Hopera Quartus (Beerology)
Contra Theatre’s Kingdom tackles a complex, disturbing subject with nuanced precision
Seeing Contra Theatre‘s Kingdom tonight at Tarragon Theatre satisfied dual parts of me: the part that loves morbidly creepy stories, and the part that loves really good theatre.
Kingdom is a story about long-term captivity and the complicated ways that can play out. It’s about memory, imagination, and how humans can and do adapt to terrifyingly horrible circumstances.
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The LOT brings the classic musical love story to the Toronto stage
I had the pleasure of seeing the Lower Ossington Theatre‘s mounting of the classic musical West Side Story tonight. The LOT‘s version was an ambitious, lively take on a story I’d only ever seen on film and in print.
If you’re someone who managed to escape high school without having read the book, its premise is a “modern” (relative to its time) Romeo-and-Juliet tale of doomed love between two people from different — and racially divided — worlds.
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I had the pleasure of seeing Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical tonight (Bellemoune Théâtre Troupe Inc.), which is playing at Al Green Theatre, as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival!
This show has so much going for it: a great cast, amazing music, humour, and a fascinating story. To me it needs just a bit of attention to detail to really bring it home.
Continue reading Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical (Bellemoune Théâtre Troupe Inc) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review
House of Vinyl, by Glacity Theatre Collective, is on at the Robert Gill Theatre as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival!
I got to see it this evening, and I wish I had better news to report. I’m still not entirely sure what to make this of this strange production about bubble-imbibing, hallucinating vinyl lovers.
Continue reading House of Vinyl (Glacity Theatre Collective) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review
Backyard Spaceship’s Plus One, playing at the Tarragon Theatre as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival has a pretty unique concept.
Gavin Williams — whose intended improv buddy got called away on serious comedy duty — will be performing with a different “Plus One” from the audience each night. His partner — as well as various elements he must incorporate into the show — are mysteries to him until show time.
Continue reading Plus One (Backyard Spaceship) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review
Lucking into seeing The Theatre Elusive’s A Bitter Shrew at the Tarragon Theatre Solo Room during The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival apparently made some of my fellow reviewers a tad bit jealous!
After seeing the hilariously honest, touching, and slightly risqué one-woman patriarchy-smashing show, I can understand why. The good news: you still have time to catch it!
Continue reading A Bitter Shrew (The Theatre Elusive) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review
I got to see Robin Henderson Productions’ Dance Animal: Toronto, on stage at Tarragon Theatre, as part of The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Filled with hilarious Toronto-specific references – ranging from Mayor Ford, to exorbitant real estate and food prices, to the raccoon epidemic – Dance Animal: Toronto is a blast to watch. Continue reading Dance Animal: Toronto (Robin Henderson Productions) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review