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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 3, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

Our cheap Toronto theatre picks for this week have been inspired by none other than our very own editor, Miss Megan Mooney. Every week, Megan highlights the shows that she’s most excited about seeing in our weekly eye-catching theatre listings. (And if she could clone herself 500 times over, she would see them all!). I’ve decided to further highlight her choices by choosing the least expensive of Megan’s selections and sharing them with you in this week’s Five for Twenty (Or Less) post. So, grab a little cash (we promise, you’ll only need a little!), and see cheap theatre that makes Megan’s heart flutter into a flurry of excitement! Enjoy! Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of May 3, 2010

The AMY Project Fifth Anniversary Celebration

The A.M.Y. Project (Artists Mentoring Youth) is turning 5! This amazing program gathers top female artists to mentor young Toronto women in the arts, encouraging them to use theatre and art as methods of self-expression. The project has been in full swing since 2005 and is co-directed by Claire Calnan and Weyni Mengesha, both award-winning theatre artists in their own right. This weekend, see the diverse youth ensemble of A.M.Y. mentees perform in Step Right Up, a circus show about human oddities. The show takes place at Theatre Passe Muraille on Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A gala celebration celebrating A.M.Y.’s fifth birthday will follow Saturday’s 8 p.m. show, complete with performances, a CD release and a silent auction. Prices are excellent, too: Friday’s performance is PWYC, Saturday’s matinee is only $15, and it’s $30 for the Saturday night show and party, or just $10 for the party only. Tickets are available at artsboxoffice.ca or by telephone at 416-504-7529. Read on for more details, and please come out and support Toronto’s mentors and youth!

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of April 26, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

This week, we feature free Toronto theatre – yes, that’s right: all of our cheap Toronto theatre picks for this week cost nothing at all (well, one costs next to nothing, but it’s worth it!). We also suggest theatre-ish experiences, rather than the usual play. Comedy, readings and talent shows all qualify as theatre in their own way, and they should not be forsaken. Toronto has so much to offer by way of all shows that we figured we should highlight some non-traditional free theatre in the hopes that you will attend one or two of our suggestions, and then keep on going back for more. Enjoy!

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LKTYP Announces Toronto Theatre Season for 2010-2011

by Leanne Milech

The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People just announced their 2010-2011 lineup, and we haven’t been this excited about theatre for young people in a long time. The upcoming season features nine diverse shows ranging in topic from The Invisible Girl, which deals with contemporary society’s pressure on young girls to be popular and fashionable, to As You Puppet, a puppeted adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

The keys that tie each show together are the themes of the 2010-2011 season: friendship, belonging and peer pressure. I definitely could have used some guidance on those issues when I was a kid, so I think LKTYP nailed it with this year’s lineup. Click here for the full press release, including descriptions of each scheduled show and details on ticket prices (which are very affordable!). Enjoy!

Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of April 12, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

This week’s theme for cheap Toronto theatre is Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC). We go gaga for PWYC performances because they give people a chance to attend a night of live theatre without throwing down a whole wad of cash. In our experience, once you see one PWYC event, you jones to go back for more – and you’re usually happy to pay full price for a great seat! So, buyer beware: these PWYC shows will likely leave you begging for more!

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Review: Oh What A Lovely War – Soulpepper

By Adam Collier

Oh What A Lovely War is Toronto’s Soulpepper theatre at its best


In an early scene of Oh What A Lovely War at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a projection above the stage reads: The Shot That Was Heard Around The World.

“Did you hear a shot?” asks one figure of another.

“No” says the other, “I heard nothing.”

A nearby bartender then happens to mention the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and the other figures drag him away.

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of April 11, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

Here are all of the shows we wish we could get out and see this week! Take your pick from our list of great theatre escapes for the week of April 11, 2010:

** Shows marked with the double asterisks are the ones that make Megan, our editor, wish she could clone herself so she could check them all out.

COCK-A-DOODLE DANDY/CLÉRAMBARD by Sean O’Casey/Marcel Aymé (George Brown Theatre). The Irish and French classic comedies are performed on alternating days as part of the Spring Repertory Season. Opens Apr 10 and runs to Apr 23, see website for schedule. $15, srs $10, stu $6. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, youngcentre.ca.

CROCOSMIA (Little Bulb Theatre). Imaginative siblings try to make sense of life through cake puppetry, slide shows and experiments. Previews Apr 13. Opens Apr 14 and runs to Apr 24, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 2:30 pm. $20-$25, preview $15, mat pwyc. Theatre Passe Muraille, Backspace, 16 Ryerson. 416-504-7529, artsboxoffice.ca.

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Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of April 5, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

This week, for $20 or less, you can hear staged readings of works about the last woman on planet Earth and works by Canada’s culturally diverse playwrights. You can also indulge in cutting French theatre and beautiful dance as serene as light. Doesn’t that kind of beat what you get for the price of a large popcorn, gummi bears, pop and a movie ticket? For a change, check out our cheap theatre instead of heading to the cinema, and see for yourself!

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Eye-catching Toronto live theatre for the week of April 4, 2010

by Leanne Milech

Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

Every week, Mooney on Theatre editors troll local theatre listings for our writers, searching for shows that we think our writers might want to review. We base our picks on whatever sounds interesting, exciting and original. After compiling a list of shows that fit the bill, we circulate our selections to our writers, and they take it from there. Now, we’ve decided to start giving our readers the benefit of our research! Every Sunday from here on out, we’ll give you the inside scoop on cool shows you might want to check out based on our very own writers’ list. Enjoy!

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