Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of December 10th, 2018
As always MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! With the holiday season fast approaching, Toronto’s theatre scene is in full swing, so check out our top picks in red, and let MoT help you plan your next theatre adventure!
Already Reviewed by MoT:
Slava’s Snowshow. Bluma Appel Theatre. by Slava Polunin (Show One Productions/Civic Theatres Toronto). A scruffy, disarming troupe of clowns will take the audience on a spellbinding adventure. Opens Dec 7 and runs to Dec 16, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and Dec 16), matinee Sat-Sun 2 pm. $59-$129 at ticketmaster.ca. Show Info.
Asheq: Ritual Music To Cure A Lover. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Onelight Theatre presents a multimedia theatre production by Shahin Sayadi with original music by Habib Meftah Boushehri, Mohsen Sharifian. Story of forbidden love, a family divided by long-held secrets, and a community trying to find balance between traditional ways and the modern world, set in a small fishing village on the shores of Persian Gulf. Opens Dec 5 and runs to Dec 8, Wed-Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 & 7 pm. $18.85-$24.50. Show Info.
School of Rock. Ed Mirvish Theatre. by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Julian Fellowes (Mirvish). Musical based on the 2003 film about a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher. Opens Nov 28 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). $25-$215. Show Info.
And Everything Else:
The Wizard of Oz. Randolph Theatre. by Harold Arlen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, EY Harburg, Tim Rice (Lower Ossington Theatre). Musical based on the classic 1939 film in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. Opens Dec 8 and runs to Jan 27, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 3:30 & 7:30 pm, Sun noon & 4 pm. $35-$70. Show Info.
Reversible. CAA Theatre. Mirvish presents a multidisciplinary performance by artist collective 7 Fingers. This mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics looks at the experiences and stories of our grandparents. Opens Dec 11 and runs to Jan 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm (see website for other dates and times and additional information). $69-$79. Show Info.
A Christmas Carol. Campbell House Museum. original text by Justin Haigh (The Three Ships Collective/Soup Can Theatre). New and immersive adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale. Previews Dec 12, opens Dec 13 and runs to Dec 22, Dec 12-15 and 18-22 at 7 & 9 pm, Dec 16 at 5 & 7 pm. $20-$30.
John D. Huston Presents: A Christmas Carol. Red Sandcastle Theatre. Huston performs the classic seasonal tale in the role of Charles Dickens himself, with musical accompaniment by the MadriGALS. Dec 12 at 7:30 pm. $25, stu/srs $20.
From The Water. Tarragon Theatre. by Will King (Seven Siblings Theatre). This sci-fi thriller uses creatures and clones to define what it means to be human and what it takes to fight against an unstoppable force. Previews Dec 12, opens Dec 13 and runs to Dec 16, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $17-$32. In the ExtraSpace.
Corteo. Scotiabank Arena. Cirque du Soleil presents an arena production about a clown who imagines his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere in this show featuring acrobats, musicians, singers and actors. Opens December 12 and runs to December 16, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 1 & 5 pm, mat Sat 11:30 am and Fri-Sat 3:30 pm. $60-$169, child from $48.
Shakespeare-In-Hospitals Homecoming Gala. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Spur of The Moment Shakespeare Collective presents a performance and gala fundraising event. SOTMSC performs Home Is Just Another Name For You, a collaborative performance in which the artists and audience explore how we decide on Home. Pre-show cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dance party to follow the show. Dec 13-14, Thursday & Friday at 7 pm. $20-$100 sliding scale. All proceeds go toward the Shakespeare-In-Hospitals 2018 Program.
The Most Humorous And Tragic Tale of William Shakespeare’s Shakespeare. The Commons Theatre. Now I am Dead Productions presents a staged run-through of a work-in-progress by Liam Grunte – a meta-biographical satire on Shakespeare in original iambic pentameter verse. December 13-15, Thu-Sat 7:30-9:30 pm. $13, stu/srs/arts workers $10; Fri Dec 14 pwyc at the door.
The Secret Garden. Papermill Theatre. Mainstage Theatre Company presents musical by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A lonely orphan finds wonders in the mysterious hidden garden of her gloomy uncle’s manor in Yorkshire. Dec 14-16, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35, stu $20.
Old Man And The River. Streetcar Crowsnest. by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones (Theatre Direct). A solitary, grumpy old man finds a friend in this puppetry show for ages 3 & up. Dec 15-16, Sat-Sun 11 am, 2 pm and 4:30 pm. $10-$20.
Cocktails and Candy Canes. Broadview Hotel. Toronto Musical Concerts presents a holiday show by professional musical theatre performers, from sacred to scintillating, jazzy to gospel joyful. Dec 16 at 7 pm. $20. Show Info.
Dark Day Monday 10/ Family Secrets. Burdock. Dark Day Monday is a curated monthly performance series featuring artists who defy expectations and break boundaries. We seek out acts that explore, play and experiment with performance forms or genres. This month’s theme is Family Secrets. Dec 11 at 8 pm. $10. Show Info.
Listings Primarily based on NOW! Stage Listings.