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

By Mira Saraf

Five for Twenty (Or Less)

The theme for the week of September 5, 2010 is non-traditional theatre. You can’t blame your purse strings for missing any of these shows. Enjoy!

1) Junction Arts Festival (Junction Forum for Art and Culture). The street festival features music, dance, comedy, spoken word, performance art and more by Istvan Kantor, Quinn C Martin, Random Acts of Dance, Robert Priest and others. Opens Sep 8 and runs to Sep 12, see website for details. Free/pwyc. Dundas W between Indian Grove and St Johns Rd.

2) Drama & Desire: Artists And Theatre (Art Gallery of Ontario). CanStage Dream in High Park actors and Atelier Ballet dancers perform alongside an exhibit of Stratford Festival props, stage machines and interactive content. Opens Jun 19 and runs to Sep 26, performances on select Saturdays and Sundays. Free w/ admission. 317 Dundas W.

3) Naked Girls Reading Dr. Seuss (Skin Tight Outta Sight). Members of the burlesque troupe perform. Sep 12, doors 7 pm. $15, couples $25. The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington.

4) Shawn Hitchins Is A Single White Douche (Shawn Hitchins). Hitchins performs his comedic musical cabaret. Opens Sep 9 and runs to Sep 18, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $10-$15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

5) The Fresh Prince Show (Comedy Bar). presents scenes performed by the Boom, Punch Drysdale, the Sketchersons, Cheap Smokes, Poetic Justiz and host Ladystache. Sep 9 10 pm. $8. 945 Bloor W.