Toronto Theatre on a Budget

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

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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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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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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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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