Toronto Playlistings for the Week of Jun 15, 2015

Shows That Caught Our Eye This Week

This week in Toronto theatre brings you a mix of one-person performances, tales based on various historical events, movement, and Queer Pride programming. I’ve highlighted the shows that our editor Wayne would love to see this week in red text. Perhaps they’ll also strike your fancy, or you may find something else that’ll tickle your interest.

Already Reviewed by Mooney on Theatre:


Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn (Soulpepper). Three beleaguered couples’ lives are thrown into chaos by a fourth whose marriage is on the rocks in this comedy. May 1 to Jun 27, see website for schedule. $29.50-$94. 

The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds. adapted by Anton Piatigorsky (Soulpepper). Otherworldly forces affect a bride in an Eastern European village in this adaptation of the play by S. Ansky. Previews from May 14, opens May 21 and runs to Jun 18, see website for schedule. $29.50-$94. View Show Info

** Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (Soulpepper). The Orpheus myth is retold from his dead bride’s point of view. Previews from May 19, opens May 28 and runs to Jun 18, see website for schedule. $29.50-$94. View Show Info

How to Kill a Comedian. Second City presents its Spring 2015 Mainstage revue.  Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, plus Sat 10 pm. $25-$45, stu $16-$18.

** Once by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Mirvish). An Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Previews Feb 10-21, opens Feb 22 and runs to June 28, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm. $29-$130.

Titanic: the Musical. by Maury Yeston and Peter Stone (Mirvish). The story of the ill-fated ship and its passengers is presented onstage. Opens May 19 and runs to Jun 21, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35-$130. View Show Info

Trudeau and Lévesque. by Michael Hollingsworth (VideoCabaret/Soulpepper). The Prime Minister and the father of Quebec separatism bang heads in this history play. Previews from Apr 27, opens May 2 and runs to Jun 13, see website for schedule. $26-$56.  View Show Info

 And the Rest…


7 Monologues: Who Killed Spalding Gray?. LuminaTO presents Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks in a fiction derived from the obsessions of American monologist Spalding Gray and the inventions of award-winning MacIvor about a man named How who had forgotten how to live. A solo performance about truth and lies and the four most important things in life, from one of our country’s most noteworthy playwrights.  Jun 20 at 5:45 and Jun 21 at 6pm.  Show Info

The Atomic Tradition/Canis Familiaris by Istvan Dugalin/Carolyn Bennett (Sterling Studio Theatre). This double bill features works about couples by local playwrights. Opens Jun 13 and runs to Jun 20, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm, Jun 20 at 4 pm. $20, mat $15. Show Info

Do I Have to Do Everything My Fucking Self? by Reg Vermue (Queer Pride 2015). Regina, the alter ego of T.O. indie musician Gentleman Reg, brings a collection of comedy, music, storytelling and dance to this solo show. Jun 19-20 at 8 pm. $15.  Show Info

Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company). A Southern woman and her black chauffeur watch Atlanta change over 25 years. Previews from May 30, opens Jun 4 and runs to Jun 21, Tue-Thu and Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm & Sun 2 pm. $35-$65. In the Greenwin Theatre.  Show Info

El pasado es un animal grotesco. Narrative about a group of twenty-somethings in 1999 Buenos Aires facing love, adulthood and the collapse of Argentina’s economy over the course of a decade.  Jun 19 at 6:30 pm , Jun 20 at 8 pm, and Jun 21 at 3pm  Show Info

First Day Back. by Rob Salerno (Ten Foot Pole Theatre). High school students meet to talk about their classmate’s suicide and find a way to end the systemic bullying and abuse he suffered. Previews Jun 9-10, opens Jun 11 and runs to Jun 27, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $10-$25.  Visit Event Website

First Time Last Time. by Scott Sharplin (Aim for the Tangent Theatre/the Big Smokey Collective). A couple with nothing in common invent a new kind of relationship in this comedy about love, sex and fate. Opens Jun 10 and runs to Jun 21, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, stu $15, Sun pwyc.  Show Info

** Gridlock.  Larchaud Dance Project and DanceWorks CoWorks present an exploration of how and why people fight in a site specific work that begins outside and proceeds through many areas of the building. Opens Jun 11 and runs to Jun 20, Thu-Sat 9 pm. $22-$25, stu/srs $20. Show Info

Hamlet. by William Shakespeare (Bard in The Park). The classic tragedy is presented outdoors. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Opens Jun 16 and runs to Jun 21, Tue-Sat 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. Pwyc. Show Info

Of Human Bondage. by Vern Thiessen (Soulpepper). W Somerset Maugham’s novel is adapted for the stage in a tale of loss, lust, obsession and the pursuit of beauty. May 2 to Jun 20, see website for schedule. $29.50-$94. View Show Info

Kinky Boots. by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper (Mirvish). A man inherits a shoe company and teams up with a drag queen in this musical based on the 2005 film. Previews from Jun 16, opens Jun 28 and runs to Sep 27, see website for schedule and prices.  Show Info

Love Letters. by AR Gurney (Stage Centre Productions). Andy and Melissa meet in summer camp and exchange letters over 50 years in this play about love and friendship. Stage Centre Productions presents the simply staged two-hander performed by four different casts.  Opens Jun 11 and runs to Jun 20, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Jun 14 and 20 at 2 pm. $27.50, stu/srs $22.  Show Info

Milestones (Pressgang Theatre). An evening of storytelling with She’s Nubs, Steven Bush, Glyn Bowerman, Sari Colt, Jiv Parasram and others. Jun 16 at 7 pm. $10. 

Molly Bloom Ravenous Theatre and Fourth Gorgon Theatre present a dramatic staging of the infamous final episode in the Irish masterpiece, Ulysses, by James Joyce. June 16 at 7:30 pm. $10.

The Mumberley Inheritance by Warren Graves (Scarborough Theatre Guild). This melodramatic comedy in the Victorian tradition includes a dastardly villain, a virtuous damsel in distress and a day-saving hero. Opens Jun 4 and runs to Jun 20, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Jun 14 & 20 at 2 pm. $20, stu/srs $17. 

** Red/Rouge by Laura Anne Harris (Convection Production/Ten Foot Pole Theatre). A woman from a sheltered life in small-town Ontario moves to Amsterdam after her marriage falls apart. Jun 15-17, Mon-Wed 8 pm. $15.

See-through & Re:Pairing. Choreographers: Allison Nichol Longtin and Emily Gualtieri (Parts+Labour Danse) Performers : Karen Fennell, Linnea Swan & Emily Gualtieri. On a shared evening, the solo See-through offers a rare insight into the performer’s perspective while Re: Pairing exposes the forgotten stories of women as two stellar performers unravel before us.  Thu Jun 18 2015 at  8:00pm to Sat Jun 20 2015 at 8:00pm  Show Info

The Sleeping Beauty. The National Ballet of Canada presents the ballet by Rudolf Nureyev. Opens Jun 10 and runs to Jun 20, call/see website for times. From $26.  Visit Event Website


Listings based primarily on NOW! Stage listings.