In today's Urban Planner: Talking about the future of Toronto, a special tribute to playwright Sarah Kane, Villains and Vixens shows the dark and sexy side of musical theatre, and three comedy troupes trade their material in Switch-Off.
READING: Interested in local politics? Tonight’s participatory event, Toronto Talks: The Future of Our City, is where you’ll want to be. The evening, hosted by Edward Keenan, author of Some Great Idea, and Ivor Tossell, author of The Gift of Ford, will feature a series of special presenters and their ideas for Toronto’s future. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $10, FREE for students and youth.
THEATRE: Join Necessary Angel Theatre Company tonight for a special production of 4.48 Psychosis in memory of its playwright, Sarah Kane, who took her life 14 years ago. The play is a stark portrait of clinical depression, isolation, relationships, and love. It’s directed by Vikki Anderson, and it features Laura Condlin, Raven Dauda, and Bruce Godfree. A screening of Kane’s film, Skin—as well as a discussion with Vikki Anderson, Brendan Healy, and Jennifer Tarver—will be included in tonight’s tribute. Berkeley Street Theatre, downstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $25.
MUSICAL THEATRE: Warning! If you check out this event, you may never look at your favourite musicals the same way again. Angelwalk Theatre presents Villains and Vixens, featuring Jay Davis, Jayme Armstong, and Astrid Van Weiren. Playing some of Broadway’s most loved and hated characters, they’ll show the darker and sexier sides of popular musical works from the last 100 years. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $30.
COMEDY: Up for a little comedy mayhem? Check out Switch-Off, a show in which three comedy duos swap their best material. The result? Three sketches, each performed three different ways, and total chaos. Audience members vote on who did each one best (and enjoy the ensuing hilarity, of course). Tonight’s edition features The Beau-Ties, Ladybusiness, and The Whisky Dicks. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., $10.
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