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Urban Planner: February 24, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: an unorthodox play about intimacy, post-Sochi improv, and the greatness of Spielberg.

Actors Sochi Friend and Ben Irvine in One Little Goat's previous production, The Charge of the Expormidable Moose  Detail of a photo by Yuri Dojc

Actors Sochi Friend and Ben Irvine in One Little Goat’s previous production, The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Detail of a photo by Yuri Dojc.

  • Theatre: Theatre company One Little Goat previews its latest project, Parts to Whole, as part of the RBC Bash Director Program, at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre. Featuring actors Sochi Fried and Ben Irvine, this will be the first public performance of the play, which has just received its first publication from local outfit BookThug. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Comedy Theatre: Two improv duos known for their animated performances—Mantown’s Rob Norman and Adam Cawley, together known as RN & Cawls, and visually mismatched but psychically linked madmen 2-Man No-Show (Ken Hall and Isaac Kessler)—join forces for Party Hard Hard Party, a show and boogie-down staged at the laser-happy venue Baltic Avenue. With the Sochi Olympic games wrapping up the night before the show, the party boys will be paying homage to Canada’s athletes and deriding the host nation’s poor human rights record (and Russia’s hockey elimination, no doubt). Baltic Avenue (875 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $10. Details

Ongoing…

  • Fashion: Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m., $6-$15. Details
  • Film: Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg is spending his Mondays for the next several months on a lecture series about the career of one of America’s greatest commercial filmmakers. Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg launched on January 20 with a examination (and clips) of some of Spielberg’s greatest hits (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Lincoln). On January 27, the series looks at early films like Duel and Jaws, before moving weekly through the rest of Spielberg’s body of work. There’s a flat fee of $90 for the whole series, or drop-in prices for single lectures. Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m., $6-$11.25. Details
  • Theatre: The word “idiot” was originally used in ancient Greece to describe a person unconcerned with public affairs like politics, but dedicated to following private pursuits. The setting of Robert E. Sherwood’s 1936 romantic comedy Idiot’s Delight, a failing luxury hotel in the Italian Alps called the Hotel Monte Gabriele, initially seems to be full of idiots: newlyweds on their honeymoon, a group of burlesque singers and their manager, a blissfully genial waiter, and a couple of ornery managers sour over the lack of business. And when a spark flies between a beautiful and mysterious Russian and a smooth-talking American showbusinessman, while the other guests dance, drink, eat, and sing, there’s another piece of juicy plot that can be used to distract themselves, and the audience, from the war that’s literally raging outside the hotel windows. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $29–$74. Details

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