Toronto Theatre – What’s On

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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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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Five for Twenty (Or Less)

by Leanne Milech

Cheap Toronto Theatre for the Week of March 29, 2010

Feast your eyes on five eclectic Toronto theatre options – all of which cost $20 or less. This week, we suggest opera (for free!), improv at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre, radiant physical theatre, a coming-of-age tale and theatre about art (think thought-provoking rather than hoity-toity). Here are the dirty deets on our cheap theatre picks for the week of March 29, 2010:

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Five for Twenty (or Less)

by Leanne Milech

This week we highlight five more inexpensive theatre options, including a play about fate, a fresh work from venerable playwright Sky Gilbert and a storytelling festival. Ah, the good old days, when life was simple, and school consisted of sitting in a circle on the carpet, listening to your teacher read a story. This weekend, relive your childhood for just a few dollars. Or spend just a little bit more and see one of the other shows that caught our frugal eye.

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WriteNOW Festival- Pivotal(arts)

by Lucy Allen

There’s something about new works that I’ve always loved. New independent artists take risks that big budget productions don’t and the results, while not always polished, are exciting to be a part of. Pivotal(arts) WriteNOW! Festival, playing now at the Bread and Circus, gives voice to these new works by presenting four new shows over the course of a week. I saw the first two plays last night, and while one was on unsure ground, both displayed some great up-and-coming talent. Continue reading WriteNOW Festival- Pivotal(arts)

Five for Twenty (or Less)

by Leanne Milech

It’s March break, which means the kiddies have lots of free time, and you need some inexpensive entertainment options. Have no fear – we’re here! In addition to our post on March break theatre goodies for you and yours, we’ve included a kid-friendly listing in this, our weekly post on five shows that cost twenty bucks or less. We’ve also got some sweet deals for you, our adult readers. Sometimes, after all, you just want to leave the kids at home. In case you’ve got a babysitter lined up already, why not see one of the shows we’ve hand selected as cheap AND entertaining? Read on for March break theatre suggestions, Mooney style.

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Theory – Staged Reading – The New Ideas Festival – Alumnae Theatre

By Sam Mooney

Long title, isn’t it?

I saw Theory by Norman Yeung, a wonderful staged reading, on Saturday as part of The New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre. I didn’t go planning to review it but it was so terrific that I decided to write about it – and about staged readings.

Theory is a beautifully written play about a film course, a professor, her students, technology, new media, and privacy. There wasn’t really a set. There were chairs for the actors and for the person who read the stage directions. Each of the actors had a script and read from it. They read as if they were performing, not as if they were reading. It really is like a radio play.

You may be asking yourself “what is a staged reading?”

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