In today's UP: As theatre shows Clybourne Park and The Exquisite Hour close, new shows The Innocents and Crash open; Steamboat lay down the Rules at Sneaky Dees, while Uma Nota brings Roots Rhythm & Reggae to the Great Hall; and Mantown sends one of their drinking buddies off to sea.
THEATRE: The curtain falls this weekend on a number of well-reviewed theatre shows, such as The Exquisite Hour (Factory Theatre Studio, 125 Bathurst Street, 7:30 p.m., $17) and Clybourne Park (Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, 8 p.m, $22–$49). But there are openings to take their place, including Pamela Mala Sinha’s one woman show, Crash, about a woman rediscovering her memory after a traumatic event (Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue, 7: 30 p.m., $15–$30), and The Innocents, Tango Co.‘s play about young people of different social standing brought into each other’s stratas by a senseless murder. Finally, playwright Daniel Karasik’s The Innocents is returning to Toronto after successful runs off-Broadway and in Germany—it’s apparently changed substantially since its successful 2010 SummerWorks run. Tarragon Theatre Studio (30 Bridgeman Avenue, 8 p.m., $17–$22.)
MUSIC: Rowdy throwback rock and roll outfit Steamboat, known for their popular past residencies at the Dakota Tavern, have a freshly-pressed vinyl record in hand, Rules (which you can stream here) and they plan to play a multi-set album release show to celebrate tonight, with guests like Maylee Todd (who also appears on the album). Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors at 9 p.m., $8.
DANCING: Popular world, roots, and soul music hub Uma Nota (One Note) has a Roots Rhythm Reggae edition of their dance party tonight, and they’ll be steaming it up at the Great Hall until late into the night, with guests including Rollin’ Cash, Friendlyness and The Human Rights, and Mar Aberto SoundSystem. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $15 at the door until 11:30 p.m., “more after.”
COMEDY: The hard-partying improvisers of Mantown bid bon voyage to one of their own tonight, as troupe member Bob Banks takes to the high seas with a touring Second City company. And how else would Mantown celebrate, than with drinking games, comedy, and ludicrous frat party shenanigans, all under the permissive auspices of the Dean of Mantown, Rob Baker? Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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