Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 11th, 2019.
MoT is here with fabulous suggestions for the theatre-goer in you! The cold weather has finally hit us, so stay warm (and entertained) by enjoying some of the best theatre Toronto has to offer. Editor Samantha Wu is here with her top picks in red.
Already Reviewed by MoT:
Persefony Songs. Fleck Dance Theatre. Toronto Dance Theatre presents work by Christopher House that riffs on his 2001 choreography Persephone’s Lunch (2001). The new work features a score by Thom Gill performed live on stage by indie band Bernice. Mar 5-9 at 8 pm. $20-$38.
The 26 Letter Dance. Young People’s Theatre. by Hélène Langevin (Bouge de lá/YPT). This interactive show inspires kids to dance to the beat of their own drum. Opens Feb 26 and runs to Mar 16, see website for times. $10-$39. Recommended for Grades JK-5 / ages 4 to 8.
Kiss of the Spider Woman. Historic Don Jail. Eclipse Theatre presents a musical by Terrence McNally, John Kander and Fred Ebb, based on a novel by Manuel Puig. During Argentina’s Dirty War, an inmate seeks escape from the horrors of prison life by sharing stories of a glamorous movie star diva. Opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 10, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 1:30 pm. $29-$48.
Jersey Boys. Ed Mirvish Theatre. by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Mirvish). Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons become pop icons in this musical. Opens Mar 5 and runs to Mar 17, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $29-$205.
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. by Jocelyn Bioh (Obsidian Theatre /Nightwood Theatre). Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. The mid-year arrival of Ericka, a student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter Previews from Mar 5, opens Mar 8 and runs to Mar 24, see website for schedule. $15-$40, Sun pwyc.
Revisor. Bluma Appel Theatre. Canadian Stage and Kidd Pivot Productions present a dance/theatre piece by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young about corruption, farce and the forces of radical change. Opens Mar 7 and runs to Mar 16, Wed-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. $51-$111.
New Magic Valley Fun Town. Tarragon Theatre. by Daniel MacIvor (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Tarragon). Two Cape Bretoners reunite after 25 years and revisit fun and uncomfortable memories. Previews from Feb 20, opens Feb 27 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (and some Sat) 2:30 pm. $22-$60. In the MainSpace.
And Everything Else:
Unsafe. Berkeley Street Theatre. by Sook Yin Lee and Zack Russell (Canadian Stage). Theatrical town hall that explores the anxieties and taboos that make some art acceptable and some not. Featuring multimedia artist and broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee and playwright/filmmaker Zack Russell. Previews from Mar 12, opens Mar 14 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Wed 1 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79.
Disney’s Newsies. Al Green Theatre. Ryerson Musical Theatre Company presents the musical by Alan Menkin, Jack Feldman & Harvey Fierstein. The story is inspired by the 1899 Newsboys strike in New York City. Mar 13-16, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $15, stu $12.
Museum Intersections: Bharatanatyam — History, Performance & Memory. Dancemakers. Myseum Intersections Festival: Revisionist Toronto and inDANCE present an interactive demonstration that draws from experiences of race, sexuality, multiculturalism & post-colonialism, featuring live performance, video presentation and a talk that challenges binary notions of “tradition” and “contemporaneity”. Mar 14-15, Thu-Fri 8 pm. Free.
No Woman’s Land. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. DanceWorks and Jaberi Dance Theatre present an evocative work that explores real stories of women in refugee camps. Mar 14-16 at 8 pm. $36.75-$42.25, srs $28, stu $15.
Brick Bros. Circus. Array Space. Puppetmongers Theatre presents the Brick Bros. Circus, a complete tongue in cheek, miniature one-ring circus, performed by highly trained building bricks in itty bitty costumes. For family audiences, ages 4 & up. Mar 15 at 2 and 7 pm. $15, advance $10.
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present an action-packed musical production based on the animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment. The heroic pups race to find the missing mayor live on stage at the Sony Centre. Mar 15-17, Fri 6 pm, Sat 10 am 2 & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 2 pm. $19 & up.
Nunsense! Regent Theatre. JMP Productions presents the musical comedy by Dan Goggin. Five members of the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery stage a fundraising talent show in this musical comedy. March 15-17, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $24.
Sigma. Jane Mallett Theatre. Multidisciplinary production featuring Gandini Juggling and Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. Mar 16-17, Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $66.75.
Isitwendam (An Understanding) Native Earth Performing Arts. Native Earth Performing Arts and Bound to Create Theatre present a play written and performed by Meegwun Fairbrother. Using western & Indigenous storytelling, drumming, dance and song, Fairbrother tells a story of a young man in search of truth and awakening. Previews from Mar 17, opens Mar 20 and runs to Mar 31, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $15-$30, Tue pwyc. In the Aki Studio.
Celtic Circle — Mysteries Of Ireland. Campbell House Museum. Danceweavers presents an evening of fireside storytelling and music from the world of Celtic folklore, with storyteller Bruce Carmody and fiddler Stephen Fuller. Mar 17 at 7 pm. $27, stu/srs $22. Hot cider, tea and light snacks will be served at the break.
CHICHO. Theatre Passe Muraille. by Augusto Bitter (Pencil Kit Productions/Aluna Theatre/TPM). An ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela tries to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. Previews from Mar 7, opens Mar 12 and runs to Mar 24, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $17-$33.
Listings Primarily Based on NOW! Stage Listings