Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of November 19th, 2018
As always MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! The Toronto theatre scene is in full swing, so check out our top picks in red, and let us help you plan your next theatre adventure!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
Middletown. Streetcar Crowsnest. by Will Eno (Crow’s Theatre/Shaw Festival). Inhabitants of a small town intersect in strange and poignant ways in this play about loneliness and the very little things in life. Previews from Nov 12, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 1, Mon-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed & Sat 2 pm. $30-$55. Show Info.
The Monkey Queen. Theatre Centre. Red Snow Collective presents the world premier of a play by Diana Tso. The production weaves text, movement, visual art and music, and reimagines the ancient tale through the playwright’s own personal journey as a Chinese-Canadian female artist. Previews Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $26-$32, stu/srs $22; gala (Nov 17) $48; preview $20. Show Info.
Scorch. Theatre Passe Muraille. Bustle & Beast and Blarney Productions present a play by Stacey Gregg that explores the complexities of gender identity and first love. When Kes poses as a boy and embarks on an intimate relationship with another girl, it leads to devastating effects both legally and personally. Previews Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Dec 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25, stu/srs $20, Sun pwyc. Show Info
Vitals. The Commons Theatre. by Rosamund Small (Theatre Born Between). The distinction between professional trauma and personal tragedy becomes blurred for Anna, a Toronto paramedic. Previews Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Nov 25, Wed-Sun 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $20, preview pwyc. Show Info.
And Everything Else:
Drag Queens in Outer Space! Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Buddies presents an all-drag reading of Sky Gilbert’s seminal play, a comedy about three drag queens lost in space, time and gay politics. Nov 19, 8 pm (doors/pre-show discussion 7 pm). Pwyc. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. If advance tickets are needed for accessibility reasons, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Show Info.
Bound v.2. Longboat Hall. What does opera in the age of Trumpism look like? Toronto’s acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre teams up with composer Kevin Lau to present an answer: BOUND v.2. Four citizens are detained by a government and held against their will in a waiting room; we watch and hear about their struggles, hopes and fears in 2018. Nov 19-21, Mon-Wed 8 pm. $35-$80. Show Info.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Princess of Wales Theatre. by David Greig, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman (Mirvish). Musical based on the 1964 children’s novel by Roald Dahl. Opens Nov 20 and runs to Jan 6, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm (see website for other dates and times and additional information). $69-$179. Show Info.
Animal. Alumnae Theatre. Alumnae Theatre presents a play by Romeo Cioifi. A spellbinding journey into the mind of a disturbed woman struggling to find the truth, plagued by what is real and what is hallucination. Opens Nov 21 and runs to Nov 25, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15. Week 3 of Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival. Show Info.
The Dream & Being and Nothingness. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The National Ballet of Canada presents Frederick Ashton’s re-imaging of Shakespeare and a reflective creation by Guillaume Côté. Opens Nov 21 and runs to Nov 25, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun & Thu 2 pm. $40 & up. Show Info.
The Lady With The Little Dog. Tarragon Theatre. The Chekhov Collective presents the first in a series of Page to Stage Readings of literary works. The first in a series of Page to Stage Readings of literary works. The Lady With The Little Dog is Anton Chekhov’s most beloved short story. A seemingly simple tale of an adulterous affair between two bored people who meet while vacationing in a seaside town, in Chekhov’s hands this banal scenario is transformed into a poignant fable, full of deep emotional truths. Nov 22-25, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $18. Show Info.
The Theory of Accelerated Hotness. The Assembly Theatre. Glass Hammer Productions presents a play by Andrew Batten.This mashup of three short plays features three performers shifting back and forth between plots and characters while exploring issues of power, privilege and perspective. Previews Nov 22, opens Nov 23 and runs to Nov 29, Tue-Sun 8 pm. $20, stu/srs/arts workers $15, preview/Sun pwyc at the door. Show Info.
Miracle on 34th Street, The Play. Fairview Library. By Valentine Davis (Stage Centre Productions). Stage version of the classic 1947 film about the beloved department store Santa. Opens Nov 22 and runs to Dec 1, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $30, stu/srs $25. Show Info.
Yellow Rabbit. Young Centre for the Performing Arts. by Bessie Cheng, Aaron Jan and Gloria Mok (Soulpepper/Silk Bath Collective). In a post-nuclear wasteland, two contestants battle it out for a spot in a Chinese sanctuary city. Previews from Nov 23, opens Nov 24 and runs to Dec 1, see website for times. $25-$55. Show Info.
Tony Ho’s Runaways. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. Two foster children are chased into the woods by an unrelenting evil force in this improvised dark modern fairy tale in four parts. Nov 9-30, Fridays 8 pm. $15, stu $10. Show Info.
Cut The Sky. Fleck Dance Theatre. Harbourfront Centre TORQUE series presents a show by Australian company Marrugeku featuring artists from various continents in a meditation on Indigeneity and human frailty in the face of our own actions. This multi-disciplinary work is based on the poems written and spoken by Edwin Lee Mulligan. Nov 23-24 at 7:30 pm. $28-$45. Show Info.
No Time To Kill! A Time-Travelling Murder Mystery. Chelsea Hotel. Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre presents an interactive & comedic whodunit set at a science symposium. Saturday Nov 17, 24, Dec 8 & 15 from 6:30 pm. $119. In the Rossetti Room. Show Info.
The Runner. Theatre Passe Muraille. by Christopher Morris (Human Cargo/TPM). A member of an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force grapples with the political and moral fall out of saving a woman’s life. Previews Nov 25, opens Nov 29 and runs to Dec 9, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. $17-$38. Show Info.
Werther. Jane Mallett Theatre. VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents the French opera by Jules Massenet, featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato and Matt Chittick. The impossible love of Goethe’s tragic hero is pitted against an unforgiving social environment in this French Opera. Nov 25 at 2:30 pm. $20-$50. Show Info.
Listings Primarily Based on NOW! Stage Listings.