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Playlistings in Toronto for the week of September 17th, 2018.

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of September 17th, 2018

Get over you post TIFF blues by checking out some of the awesome theatre around the city. MoT has you covered with some excellent options, guaranteeing something for every sort of theatre-goer! My top picks are in red if you are looking for any suggestions!

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the week of September 3rd, 2018

Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week

Live theatre shows in Toronto with ticket prices of $25 or less, playing the week of September 3rd, 2018. All of these shows are perfect for the budget-conscious theatre enthusiast, so finish off the summer by taking in some top notch theatre without breaking the bank!

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PLAYLISTINGS IN TORONTO FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27TH

Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of August 27th, 2018

Live theatre in Toronto for the week of August 27 2018. With summer beginning to wind down, it’s time to make the most of the remaining season by catching one of the stellar shows performing around the city! Our editor Samantha is here with her picks in red to help you get started.

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THE TIES THAT BIND AND GAG – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release:

Picture your most memorable family road trip. Maybe it was on vacation. Maybe you were lost. Maybe it was a drive to a family gathering. Maybe you felt squished, put-upon and torn between love for those around you and the desire to be far away. Maybe you’re cringing right now at the thought. The Ties That Bind and Gag brings familial angst and mutual torment to the stage, brought to life and made fresh with a bracing sense of humour and the darkly absurd.

Three generations of a tight-knit family cram into a rental car to drive to a funeral. Neuroses collide, emotions run high, grievances are aired and over-shared, traffic laws are broken.

Buckle up and spend some claustrophobic quality time on a guilt-trip road trip with your nearest and dearest – the people you love and can’t stand or just can’t understand. The ensuing drama’s funny because it’s true and hilarious because it’s heartbreaking.

The play marks the Fringe debut for sister duo Juliet Paperny and Anna Mehler Paperny, with a cast of theatrical veterans and new faces. Juliet’s work at LaRue Entertainment has included Filth City and the award-winning The Amazing Gayl Pile. Juliet’s directorial experience includes “Trying” at Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival, as well as “The Tempest” and “Madness Machine” at Players’ Theatre in Montreal. Anna is an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked at The Globe and Mail and Global News and is now a reporter at Reuters. Both grew up in love with the stage and are thrilled at the chance to make theatrical trouble.

Everyone’s been there but nobody says it: Sometimes you dislike the people you love. You wrestle with intergenerational differences, with boatloads of guilt amid unspoken (or shouted) obligation. In a hyper-polarized world, what happens when we attempt frank conversations with the people we know intimately, with the baggage we’d rather forget? What happens if you tell your grandmother she’s racist? The Ties That Bind and Gag is here to tackle, with urgency and humour, all the ways family drives you mad. It’s a quintessential Fringe play – energetic and button-pushing – and a must-watch for anyone with anyone in their lives who they need, but need space from. It’s for anyone who’s ever had a family.

Details

  • The Ties that Bind and Gag plays at the Factory Theatre Studio. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warning: Mature language.
  • The Fringe Festival considers this venue to be wheelchair-accessible.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 1:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 9:30 pm
  • Sunday July 8th, 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 11:15 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 3:45 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 8:00 pm

CIRCUS SHOP OF HORRORS – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release:

CIRCUS SHOP OF HORRORS follows one ill-fated woman’s dangerous journey, navigating her way through classic moments of beloved iconic horror films retold in the present day. Fusing together an amazing variety of circus artistry with the grotesque, comedy, drag and gore, this innovative show promises to be a spectacular visual mash-up at the Toronto Fringe Festival!

The ensemble is primarily LGBTQ+, featuring creative content such as dance, aerials, illusions, and combat sequences. The production team is entirely made up of phenomenal women (still to this day a rarity in Canadian theatre). Director/Writer/Producer Justine Cargo(Tough Jews, 6-time Dora nominee; Romeo & Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, Best Of Fringe 2016), Lighting Designer Sarah Mansikka (Stratford Festival, Vancouver Opera), and Co-Producers Kelly Taylor & Melanie Pyne combine their unique specialties to bring Fringe audiences this exciting, ambitious revue! Circus Shop of Horrors is presented by Second Star Productions and sponsored by The Social Capital Theatre (NOW Magazine Best Comedy Venue 2017 Nominee).

Details

  • Circus Shop of Horrors plays at the Annex Theatre. (736 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warning: Realistic violence or gore.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route which requires a staff escort. Check in at the box office at least 15 minutes prior to showtime.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Performances

  • Friday July 6th, 5:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 11:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 2:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday July 12th, 12:00 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 9:15 pm