Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of March 12, 2012

Five For Twenty (or Less)

This week in Toronto there are five shows we’ve handpicked for you that are $20 or less for admission. Whether it’s an epic adventure, a comedy, a ballet, a drama or a festival that you want to check out – well, you’re in for a treat. There is something for everyone this week, so grab a friend and head out for an evening of affordable theatre!

FRANCES AND MARYBETH by Neale Kimmel ((bracket) Theatre). A woman looks to forget her heartbreak by planning a double-date night with her sister in this comedy. Opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 18. $20, Sun pwyc. Factory Theatre, Studio, 125 Bathurst.

THE NEVERENDING STORY based on a novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S Craig (Roseneath Theatre). A bullied boy seeks refuge in books and is drawn into an epic adventure. Previews Feb 27. Opens Feb 28 and runs to Mar 17. $10-$20. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

THIS WIDE NIGHT by Chloë Moss (Mermaid Parade). Two women just out of prison try to survive and connect with the outside world. Opens Mar 1 and runs to Mar 17. $20, stu/srs $15, Sun pwyc. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411,

BALLET EXPRESS! The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presents various pieces performed by Ballet Jörgen. Mar 14 at noon. Free. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W.

FIRESIDE CULTURE WEEK (Parkdale Village BIA). This celebration features music, art, dance, magic, poetry, spoken word and more in various Parkdale venues. Opens Mar 12 and runs to Mar 17. Free. Queen W from Dufferin to Roncesvalles. 416-536-6918,