Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of June 20, 2010

By Mira Saraf

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

The theme for the week of June 20, 2010 is monologues & readings around the city. They all either feature solo or a series of performances all focused on this theme. All of these are among our editor, Megan’s, top picks for this week, so there’s no excuse – you can’t blame your purse strings for missing any of these shows. Enjoy!

Naked Girls Reading (Skin Tight Outta Sight). Members of the burlesque troupe present queer lit readings in the nude with guests Trixie and Beever. Jun 27, doors 7 pm. $15, couples $25. The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington.

Playwrights Canada Press Spring Launch Party (Playwrights Canada Press). NOW’s Jon Kaplan and Susan G Cole host a night of readings of new plays by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, Andrew Moodie, Ronnie Burkett, Anusree Roy, Brad Fraser and David Yee. Jun 21, doors 7 pm. Free. Rivoli, 332 Queen W.

Pride Cab (Queer Pride 2010). This multidisciplinary cabaret features songs and monologues by members of Buddies’ Queer Youth Arts Program. Jun 23 at 8 pm. $10, youth 25 and under pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Chamber, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

The First Time by Paul Hutcheson (Queer Pride 2010/Wog Productions). Hutcheson uses storytelling and comedy to recount his gay firsts. Jun 23 at 8 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Cabaret, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

There Comes A Time by Fran Elliot and Roselle Stone (Medina Theatre Ensemble). The company presents a staged reading in honour of its 25th anniversary. Jun 27 at 2 pm. $7. Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson. 416-633-2057.