In today's UP: beat the last curtains for Morro & Jasp, The Wooster Group, and Varenka, Varenka!; Tao Japanese Drummers beat the (really) big drums; Bedlam Pillow Fighting Revue's fighters beat on each other; The Panel Show's comics beat each other debate-style; and THOMAS and pals beat back the late hour with music.
THEATRE: There were just a few tickets left at the time of our writing for several hot shows closing in Toronto this weekend—
- The Wooster Group’s adaptation of Tennessee William’s Vieux Carré (which Torontoist‘s Carly Maga previewed for The Globe and Mail) is on until Saturday at the Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay West), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $15–$45.
- Coleman Lemiueux and Compagnie’s solo dance showcase Varenka, Varenka!, inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Poor Folk, closes Saturday at The Citadel (304 Parliament Street), 8 p.m., $15—$25.
- Morro & Jasp‘s Go Bake Yourself, and the expanded version of the playlet we loved so much at the Next Stage Festival, is also playing until Saturday at the Cahoots Theatre Company Studio (388 Queen Street East), Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., $10–$15.
DRUMS: The Tao Japanese Drummers bring their martial arts and drumming extravaganza to Toronto for tonight only, showcasing traditional martial arts drumming by young performers with backgrounds in acrobatics and punk rock. Think The Blue Man Group, with more high kicking and high-flying choreography (and maybe a little bit of history, too). Sony Centre for The Performing Arts (1 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $35–$85, plus taxes and service charges.
COMBAT: The Bedlam Pillow Fighting Revue is back with FOOLED!, a new night of matches, twists, turns, and proper thwacks with a regulation revue weapon (here’s how they go about training for a bout). Old rivalries will be renewed, new combatants will be unveiled, and there’ll be special guest performers like Pastel Supernova of Great Canadian Burlesque. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
DEBATE: The Panel Show, one of the best shows at the Festival of New Formats back in January, is back, with host Ned Petrie joined by an expert trio of quick-quipping debaters—Ron Sparks, Evany Rosen, and Fraser Young, as well as other special guests. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Thom Gill is hosting (and playing, with his band THOMAS) a late-night music showcase in the Tranzac’s Southern Cross Lounge tonight, with two excellent feature guests: Tamara Lindeman, and John Southworth, both of whom are trying out some new material in advance of big shows next month with their full bands. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10 p.m., PWYC.
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